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Rafa Benitez Is The New Everton Boss

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Everton confirmed this Wednesday afternoon that Rafa Benitez will be their new manager, signing a three-year deal with the club. The ex-Liverpool boss will start working with the team for pre-season from 5 July.

Everton have found their replacement for Carlo Ancelotti. Rafa Benitez became the Toffees’ new manager this Wednesday, as the club announced in their official channels on social media.

At 61-years-of-age, the man from Madrid arrives at Goodison Park following his spell in the Chinese Super League. Dalian Yifang was his last adventure, a tenure which was cut short in January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am delighted to be joining Everton,” Benitez said. “Throughout this process I have been greatly impressed by the ambition shown by the senior representatives at the club and their desire to bring success to this historic club. I believe this is a club that is going places. I’m determined to play a big part in helping this great club achieve its ambitions.”

Benitez is the first person to manage both Merseyside teams since William Edward Barclay in the 1890s, and his appointment will antagonise a significant section of Everton’s fanbase after he criticised the Toffees during his time at Liverpool.

Everton supporters’ animosity towards Benitez were raised above the usual level reserved for a Reds boss ever since his “small club” jibe after a 2007 Merseyside derby. Benitez has since sought to clarify he was referring to what he believed was a ‘small team’ mentality from Everton in the game rather than as a club.

On Monday, Merseyside Police confirmed they were investigating the placing of a “threatening” banner with the words ‘We know where you live. Don’t sign’ hung over a garden wall near Benitez’s home in Caldy on the Wirral. Offensive banners have previously been put up at the stadium but this incident was close to Benitez’s house.

Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder, ignored the dissenting voices to pursue Benitez, who won the Champions League and FA Cup in 2005 and 2006 respectively during his six-year Liverpool reign.

“Rafa impressed us greatly with his knowledge and experience but, above all, the passion and hunger he showed to join our club,” Moshiri said. “We are appointing Rafa because we believe he will bring success to our club and to Evertonians.

“To put it simply, we need to be competing at the top end of the league and to be winning trophies. Rafa is a proven winner with huge experience in coaching internationally and we have secured the best man to achieve that for us.”

The Spaniard started his managerial career in Real Madrid’s youth set-up, before managing Valladolid, Osasuna, Extramadura, Valencia, Inter, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid and Newcastle.

 

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