According to an ‘Exclusive’ on Sunday morning, Everton want Rafa Benitez if/when the sack Ronald Koeman.
If the blues fail to win at Brighton today and Leicester get three points at home to West Brom on Monday night, the scousers will fall into the relegation zone.
The newspaper story (see below) claims that the Everton hierarchy aren’t impressed with how the team have performed, especially after the amount of money spent by Koeman in the summer.
This is one bit of the report I can/could believe, the Toffees having spent over £140m in the summer, including some eyewatering fees such as £45m for Sigurdsson.
However, the whole story appears simply to be The Sun dredging a very deep barrel, very similar to a club struggling to score goals being linked with another club’s striker.
The only exclusive part appears to be that The Sun are the only ones to have made it up, this time…
The report claims it would be ‘a remarkable move for Everton’, well yes it would be remarkable because there is no chance of it happening.
Obviously as Newcastle fans we would hope/expect that Rafa wouldn’t want to jump ship from what he is building at Newcastle, for a club such as Everton.
More than that though are two things which are impossible hurdles to overcome for the ‘Exclusive’ to become reality.
Firstly, the Everton fans despise Rafa and wouldn’t want him anywhere near their club.
Secondly, and most importantly, Rafa Benitez would do nothing to harm the special relationship he has with Liverpool supporters.
Unless Mike Ashley changes his ways then the fear will always be there to some degree, that he could drive the United boss away, but if that did ever happen then the new club would never be Everton.
The Sun ‘Exclusive’:
‘RAFA BENITEZ is the amazing new name in the frame to replace Ronald Koeman at Everton.
The former Liverpool chief is high up on the list of potential successors to Koeman if he is fired by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
An approach for Benitez, who led Merseyside rivals Liverpool to Champions League success in 2005, would be a remarkable move for Everton.
The Newcastle chief is in a powerful position with the fans at St James’ Park but he has never quite convinced owner Mike Ashley to loosen the purse strings.
Benitez still has a house on Merseyside and is highly ambitious.
Although Everton are historically reluctant to fire managers, Koeman spent so much money in the summer that they expected far better from the team.
Despite his emotional bond with Liverpool fans, Moshiri’s advisors have earmarked him for the move if Koeman is sacked.’