This summer has seen one of the most controversial managerial appointments in Premier League history. Everton fans are livid, others are intrigued. Writing on his personal blog, Richard Keys has claimed Rafa Benitez at Everton will end in tears.
Rafa Benitez to Everton
Back in 2004 the Reds appointed Rafa Benitez as manager.
The Spaniard had an historic debut season at Anfield, winning the European Cup in dramatic fashion as he pulled off The Miracle of Istanbul.
After a couple of near misses with the Premier League and an FA Cup win the boss left the club in 2010.
Since then he’s managed all over the place, leading Inter Milan, Newcastle United and Real Madrid to name but a few sides.
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This summer saw the shock announcement of Rafa Benitez as Everton manager.
The Toffees were without a boss following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid.
Richard Keys on Rafa Benitez
Plenty of Evertonians are heartbroken about the appointment.
It is likely the most controversial appointment in Premier League history.
An ex-Red, an Anfield icon is now at the helm at Goodison Park.
The divisiveness of the move has been commented on by Richard Keys with the pundit writing:
“Please – no more ex-Liverpool players telling Evertonians how lucky they are to have Benitez at Goodison.
“No they’re not. Most don’t want him. The majority will tolerate him, but they don’t want lectures on how they should be feeling from across Stanley Park.
“It will end in tears. It always does with Benitez.”
What RTK has to say
If backed by the board and the fan base then Rafa Benitez will be a success at Everton.
He is a world class manager and he’s proven that in a number of countries.
To write him off this early is naive to say the least.
We’ll be wishing him all the best, as long as he doesn’t finish above us.