Everton sacked Rafael Benítez a day after suffering a 2-1 defeat against Norwich City and they are now searching for his successor.

The Merseyside club host Aston Villa later today and Duncan Ferguson will be in charge for the tie as the Toffees are yet to appoint a new manager.

Roberto Martínez, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Niko Kovač have been named as potential candidates for the Premier League side.

The former two are currently with Belgium and Derby County respectively, while the latter duo are without a job. Kovač managed AS Monaco for 18 months before he was relieved from his duties on January 1st.

On Friday, Bild reported the Croatian has an ‘advantage’ over other candidates for the vacant job at Goodison Park due to his success with Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich.

Sport1 again relay claims made elsewhere that Martínez, Rooney, Lampard and Kovač are in contention for the Everton job.

The website provides their own information on the ex-Ligue 1 manager as they explain that Everton ‘should now be interested’ in him.

However, Kovač ‘will not become’ the new Everton coach because the 50-year-old ‘only wants to take a new job next season’.