Everton are strongly considering a move for Rafa Benitez, according to reports. The former Liverpool boss would be a brave appointment.
This comes from the Telegraph. They claim that Rafa Benitez is firmly an option for Everton this summer.
The Toffees are on the lookout for a new boss after Carlo Ancelotti dumped them for Real Madrid. Everton are pretty much the only club in world football who could finish 10th and then lose their manager to Real, after all.
In fact, now two ex-Everton bosses manage Real and Barcelona. And the Belgian national team. And a team that finished four places above them last season.
But that’s by the by.
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Right now, they just need a new manager and it appears Benitez is near the top of that list. It’s a move we just can’t imagine goes well.
Rafa Benitez to Everton?
No Liverpool fan should need a refresher on what Benitez means to the club. At the same time, we’ll never miss an opportunity to talk about him.
Benitez arrived to replace Gerard Houllier in 2004. The Spaniard had created a magical Valencia side that won two La Liga titles over the previous three seasons.
He’d also led them to UEFA Cup glory in the greatest spell of Valencia’s history. Benitez was, undoubtedly, one of the best around.
He took over a Liverpool side that lost its direction and, most importantly, would soon lose Michael Owen. Somehow, he guided them to the Champions League trophy within 12 months.
The FA Cup followed a year later and then another Champions League final after that. Then Liverpool pushed towards the Premier League title but consistently fell just short.
Unfortunately, Liverpool’s owner at the time bled the club of all its cash. Benitez had little to nothing available to spend and things quickly crashed in the 09/10 season.
The two parted ways but there’s no doubt about it – Benitez remains an all-time legend.
Why wouldn’t Everton want that?
Because their fans once got angry at the now-Barcelona manager for having a Red Christmas tree. They’re not going to like cheering for a boss who has flags on the Kop.
And in a lot of ways, we understand that. It would be similar to Liverpool appointing Jose Mourinho – we wouldn’t like it and it wouldn’t feel right.
Benitez has been here before, though. He joined Chelsea back in 2012 and delivered the Europa League in a six-month job. Those fans still cheered his departure.
Objectively, this would be a magnificent appointment for Everton. We just can’t see him every being accepted, though.