Everton are close to confirming the appointment of ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as successor to Carlo Ancelotti after he agreed a three-year deal.
The contentious arrival of the 61-year is now seen as a formality after he impressed Everton owner Farhad Moshiri in several rounds of talks.
Benitez won the Champions League and the FA Cup in a six-year spell at Anfield.
Ancelotti resigned in early June to return to Real Madrid.
In a historic and controversial move, Benitez will join William Edward Barclay, who was part of the original foundation of Everton in the 1890s and later the breakaway Liverpool club, as the only men to cross the city divide to manage both clubs.
The formal announcement is all that remains to seal an appointment that has brought a mixed reaction from Everton fans, after Benitez caused a furore by calling Liverpool’s arch-rivals a “small club” after a goalless derby at Anfield in February 2007.
Benitez insisted he made “a mistake” and he was referring to the approach of David Moyes’ team rather than Everton as a club, but his remarks have not been forgotten by many on the blue half of Merseyside.