Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is set to take over at Everton as he has “agreed a three-year deal”, according to reports.
Everton have been searching for a new manager since Carlo Ancelotti opted to rejoin Real Madrid at the start of this month.
Nuno Espirito Santo and Graham Potter are among the names that have been linked with the vacant manager’s job.
Benitez first emerged as a contender for the Everton job just under three weeks ago. The Spaniard managed Liverpool between 2004 and 2010.
Some Everton fans have protested against this potential appointment. A police investigation is now taking place after a threatening banner was put on display at Benitez’s home.
Despite this, BBC Sport reported on Tuesday evening that Benitez is “set” to join Everton. The 61-year-old has “agreed” a three-year deal.
‘Meanwhile Farhad Moshiri continues to take us all for fools. He and Alisher Usmanov, who’s really got the money, want Rafa Benitez as their next manager at Everton. They’ve done what all govts do when they have to bad news to announce – they leak over a period of time hoping that everybody will get used to the idea of what’s going to happen – so when it does the reaction won’t be as bad.
‘Evertonians are growing used to the idea that the PL’s most ruthlessly, selfish, ambitious individual will be their next manager – so I suppose the plan has worked to some degree. But the real issues are once again beneath the surface. It will end in tears. Benitez will once again pursue his own agenda – while wrapping it up as ‘in the club’s best interests’. That’s how he managed to con the paying customers at Newcastle – by creating a phoney war with Mike Ashley that he knew he would never win. When the time came – he left – for a ‘long term’ project in China.
‘Never mind that he managed Liverpool. His best days are long since behind him – and for me there are many better options. Moshiri has badly mis-judged this one. It’s not the die-hard Evertonian that he’s p****** off – it’s hard working staff at the club who don’t want to work with Benitez – and worse – legends from different eras at Goodison – who’ve recently been saying to me ‘I’m done’. That’s sad. That’s deeply sad. Trust me – it won’t be long before Moshiri is looking for the seventh manager he’s employed since arriving at the club. In many ways – this is going to prove a ‘costly‘ mistake.’