Rafael Benitez to Everton appointment ‘OFF’ following fan backlash over the prospect of the Liverpool legend replacing Carlo Ancelotti as their manager saying he was ‘not welcome’ at the club
- Rafael Benitez had held talks with Farhad Moshiri over the Everton vacancy
- The news enraged a section of Everton supporters and there was angry response
- Some hung anti-Benitez banners outside Goodison Park to make feelings known
- It has now been reported that Everton have pulled the plug on the deal
Everton have reportedly ditched their efforts to to appoint ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as manager.
The Spaniard who famously won the Champions League with Liverpool, was expected to be appointed as manager of Everton despite still being worshipped at Anfield.
However, his connection to the red half of the city, meant swathes of Everton supporters were furious with the prospect of the 61-year-old replacing Carlo Ancelotti as manager.
Rafael Benitez is reportedly out of the frame to become manager of former rivals Everton
Fans left signs outside Goodison Park making their feelings known about the situation
Benitez’s connections with Liverpool mean he is not a manager many Everton fans wanted
Talksport have now reported the club has listened to unhappy supporters, and decided not to offer Benitez a deal.
The fury of Everton fans was clear for all to see on Thursday night, after banners were seen outside Goodison Park with a clear message that they did not want Benitez.
One read: ‘F**k off Benitez you fat Kopite c***’, while another simply read ‘Benitez not welcome.’
The club’s owner Farhad Moshiri looked to bring in Benitez following failed talks with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Sportsmail reported that Benitez had spoken to Moshiri three times in the last two weeks and although he did not enjoy full backing by the board, he is in charge of developments.
Benitez has a wealth of experience and is undoubtedly qualified to take the job, but the massive fan backlash would only intensify if results started to go against him.
Farhad Moshiri opened talks with Benitez after talks with Nuno Espirito Santo fell apart
His family still live in Liverpool and are deeply connected to the community so it would have been a natural fit for the manager to seek the position.
One barb by Benitez in particular sticks out though to many Everton fans. Benitez labelled them a ‘small club’ following a 0-0 Merseyside derby in February 2007.
Everton legend Neville Southall echoed the sentiments of many fans, telling talkSPORT: ‘I think Rafa Benitez is a good manager, but is he right for Everton? No. Not a chance. He’s Liverpool, the fans won’t have it.
‘If he comes into that ground, he’s going to have to produce something special, and at the moment with the squad we’ve got he’s going to do well to do something special there, because it’s a work in progress.
Benitez who won the Champions League with Liverpool once called Everton a ‘small club’
‘So, for me, I would rather have Duncan Ferguson. We’re never going to get relegated and he’s a good manager, I think he’s far underrated than anyone else.
‘He started before Carlo Ancelotti and put us on a good run, he’s knowledgeable in everything he does, he knows the club inside-out, he knows all the younger players, so why not give him a season’s contract?’
Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands has put together a shortlist of candidates that includes former boss, current Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez.
They have spoken to Ferguson and Brighton boss Graham Potter is also a potential candidate if Moshiri decides to avoid further fan backlash by opting to move away from Benitez.
Duncan Ferguson along with Roberto Martinez and Graham Potter are also on the shortlist
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