Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs has told Sky Sports that he would welcome a return to Goodison Park in some capacity, after Sam Allardyce was sacked on Wednesday afternoon.
Ex-England boss Allardyce was relieved of his duties after fans at Goodison Park grew disillusioned with the experienced boss, despite taking the club from the relegation zone to eighth.
His style of play, treatment of Everton icon Wayne Rooney and nonchalant comments in the public domain are likely to be factors for fans' dislike of Allardyce - with the Toffees overall position a huge positive.
Following his sacking, 46-year-old manager Stubbs has stated that he would "love" to return to Goodison Park after leaving the club in 2014 to pursue a management career of his own. He has since managed Hibernian and Rotherham.
"You can never say never," he said. "I had some time there under David Moyes but I felt I got to the point where I had to go out and make my own mark.
"I did that reasonably successfully at Hibs but unfortunately I had a very difficult experience at Rotherham. I'd love the opportunity to maybe do something at Everton again in the future."
Stubbs played for Everton during two spells, between 2001 and 2005 before returning to the club in 2006 to remain with the side until 2008. After a short stint with Derby County, he moved back for a third time to become a coach.
After five years on the coaching team at Goodison Park, Stubbs was interviewed for the manager's role in 2013 - according to the Liverpool Echo - but Roberto Martinez was given the job instead.
Stubbs is unlikely to be considered a candidate for the role, with Paulo Fonseca, Marco Silva and Mikel Arteta expected to be the frontrunners. However, Stubbs could indeed return in a different role - similar to the one he left in 2014 when he took over Hibernian.