Everton stars are divided over offering star Wayne Rooney an emotional return to Goodison Park.
Chairman Bill Kenwright would love to bring the former Toffee hero back to the club as boss.
But owner Farhad Moshiri is understood to be wary of his lack of experience.
Rooney, 36, is set to replace ax slayer Rafa Benitez.
However, Moshiri is yet to be convinced that Rooney has the credentials after more than a year in charge of crisis club Derby.
He is struggling to retain Ram after being placed in administration after being deducted 21 points.
But the former striker has not distanced himself from the Everton vacancy.
He said yesterday: “I was brought in as an Everton supporter and I’m happy to be involved in these conversations.
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“Everton are aware that they need to contact administrators to have any communication with me.
“I see speculation. I know everyone loves a good story but there is no way.
“My focus is entirely on Derby County.”
Frank Lampard and Fabio Cannavaro are also being looked into, while the Belgian FA ruled out an approach for former boss Roberto Martinez.
Duncan Ferguson begins his second stint as caretaker manager with a visit to Aston Villa today.
He added: “I have dreamed of being manager of Everton. But I haven’t got the experience they want.”
Moshiri said yesterday in a letter to fans he has full confidence in Kenwright’s decision – using a £100m loan to buy Everton his new stock after taking his stake in the club to 94 per cent.
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