Everton confirm appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager

Everton have confirmed the appointment of Rafael Benitez as their new manager, replacing Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian boss left for Real Madrid earlier this summer and the Toffees’ search for a new man in the dugout saw them linked with the likes of Nuno Espirito Santo and former incumbent David Moyes.

But it is Benitez who has taken over on a three-year deal, despite some protestations from the fanbase at appointing the Spaniard who was previously a success with their Merseyside rivals, Liverpool.

The Club’s Majority Shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, said: “Rafa impressed us greatly with his knowledge and experience but, above all, the passion and hunger he showed to join our Club.

“We are appointing Rafa because we believe he will bring success to our Club and to Evertonians. To put it simply – we need to be competing at the top-end of the league and to be winning trophies. Rafa is a proven winner with huge experience in coaching internationally and we have secured the best man to achieve that for us.”

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