Rafa Benitez on the brink of becoming Everton Manager – Sky Sports
Last week, it was reported that Rafa Benitez had held talks with Everton about their managerial vacancy.
Like any manager or player speculation about joining a club, fair to say it was met with the usual degree of scepticism and I’ll believe it when I see it.
Particularly so when past history has always suggested this made the coming together of Rafa Benitez and Everton an impossibility.
For neutrals a move that would make a lot of sense, an out of work manager with an impressive CV who already lives on the doorstep of a club like Everton who have an ambitious owner, who has already shown that he is willing to spend money on players, managerial appointments and the planned new stadium.
For Everton fans though, the Liverpool history makes Rafa Benitez a complete impossibility, as these comments below show, when the issue reared its head last week again.
However, the story hasn’t gone away and press claims have continued about genuine interest from both parties, culminating in earlier on Wednesday, The Mail reported that a second round of talks had been held by Everton and Rafa Benitez, paving the way for an appointment of the former Newcastle boss if claimed first choice Nuno didn’t happen.
Now Sky Sports on Wednesday night are reporting that Rafa Benitez ‘is on the brink’ of becoming Everton manager, after having had this second round of successful talks.
Amusing and predictable digs at Newcastle United in these comments (see below) from our Merseyside ‘friends’ last week but the best of all though are the ones who claim that Steve Bruce is doing a brilliant job and has ‘proved’ himself to be so much better than Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.
Hmmm, well if that is the case, an easy solution. Everton fans can have Steve Bruce and Newcastle supporters get Rafa Benitez back.
Then whilst they are on, the blue scousers can have Mike Ashley and we’ll take a risk on Farhad Moshiri who has poured fortunes into Everton and yet gets loads of stick from their fans as well. Sorted.
However, it does now look, quite astonishingly, that Rafa Benitez will indeed become the next Everton manager.
I very much look forward to seeing how this all works out, as you have to say this is a massive call from the Everton owner, one that could arguably make or break them for some considerable time to come.
Everton fans commenting via their Grand Old Team message board:
‘Benítez is just a NO.
I don’t care what type of manager he is and what he could bring to Everton.
There is no escaping the fact that he is ex-RS, disrespected Everton in the past etc. etc.
I remember when he took over at Chelsea and the atmosphere was toxic. Well….it would be a whole new level toxicity if he arrived at Everton…it just would not work.’
‘Why do people call that fat greasy boring old ex-manager “Rafa”? Are you his buddies?’
‘In the last 6 years he’s been in China and managed and relegated Newcastle.’
‘He didn’t relegate Newcastle. McClaren did. Rafa literally had about 8 games to keep them up.’
‘I’ve always been confused about Newcastle fans making out like he’s the Da Vinci to the toodler doodles of Bruce.
I’ve seen Bruce’s team play some great football and win some great games, but I don’t recall Rafa doing much…’
‘It’s because he pandered to them, telling them how wonderful they are and moaning about Ashley, who they hate. They hate Bruce because he just gets on with his job and doesn’t constantly complain about his boss, who he knew all about before he agreed to take the role.’
‘Can we just agree to Rafa being the worst possible appointment.’
‘I don’t want Rafa, nothing to do with his Liverpool links, he’s just past it as a top manager.
Steve Bruce is doing a better job at Newcastle.’
‘You do realise that Rafa left Bruce with a team that had been a secure Premier league side for 2 years.
Bruce also spent a vast amount more than Rafa, was bottom of every stat table and looking like certain relegation until Ashley brought in Grahame Jones to help Bruce out.’
‘Utter myth the money, Rafa spent millions at Newcastle.’
He left Newcastle with a net spend of negative 8 million. He actually made them money.’
‘Deffo something odd about you. Can’t quite but my finger on it. Are you a Spanish football manager at all?’
‘I don’t recall Rafa doing much other than making Newcastle look like one of those teams you’d not be worried about playing.’
‘Beat us and drew with us in 18/19 didn’t they.’
‘Done the double over us this year. Shall we hire Steve Bruce?’
‘If it’s to be Rafa, then I’m no longer a blue! Hopefully Bill and Mosh read this comment and swiftly cross Rafa off their list.’
‘I wouldn’t want Benitez under any circumstances, for all manner of reasons…’
‘Actually, I’ve now decided we should get Rafa,
That would then mean I can finally be done with this club, the continuous false hopes/dawns and getting some more free time and save some cash.’
‘I see some people are making excuses for Benitez already…’
‘If Rafael Benítez had a sexy English sounding name like Joey Barton, we’d not even give him the time of day.’
‘Gerrard was a bad wind up suggestion and is my most hated sportsman but Benitez isn’t far behind in terms of being a joke.’
‘I have a red mate who said that if we get Rafa, he would actually not hate us anymore.
Thats reason enough to stay clear.’
‘Benitez as manager with a backroom staff consisting of stevie g, carragher and sammy lee
What could go wrong?’
‘Rafa is a has been… Fact.
He thinks he is above small clubs like Everton… Fact
He is a former RS… Fact.
The only thing he has going for him.is that his name is not Sam Allardyce.’
‘Rafa Benitez plays absolutely dreadful footy, is a dinosaur, and hates us. I’d literally rather Eddie Howe and that’s saying something.’
‘Benitez far more toxic than Allardyce in terms of how the fan base will react
And thats really saying something.’
‘If we get Rafa it will do wonders for my season ticket waiting list chances.’
‘Benitez- a mercenary outmanaged by Steve Bruce who heaped derision and bile on our club who also happens to play cr.p football.’
‘Moshiri employed Sam Allardyce and Sammy Lee… won’t be at all surprised if he employs Benitez.’
‘I would take Allardyce over Benitez any day.’
‘I don’t want Rafa, nothing to do with his Liverpool links, he’s just past it as a top manager. Steve Bruce is doing a better job at Newcastle.’
‘I cannot support Rafa if he is appointed.’
‘Its not even his Liverpool past or his ‘small club’ comments that puts me off Rafa – its the fact that he’s proper proper average these days. Newcastle is his level.’
‘Rafa would finish me with Everton for the foreseeable.’
‘It won’t be rafa. If it was, I’d be done.
I’d rather have Bruce if we are after cr.p managers from Newcastle.’
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