Benitez reveals key difference between Moshiri and Ashley

Date published: Tuesday 28th September 2021 3:15 - Lewis Oldham

New Everton manager Rafael Benitez

Current Everton manager Rafael Benitez has revealed the key difference between Farhad Moshiri and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.

The Spaniard was in charge at Newcastle United between 2016 and 2019. He guided them to promotion from the Championship in 2016/17.

Benitez then led the Magpies to back to back mid-table finishes in the Premier League before leaving. This was despite him not being sufficiently supported in the transfer market.


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The former Liverpool boss returned to the Premier League this summer to take over at Everton. The Toffees currently sit fifth in the table after six games.

Everton signed the likes of Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and Salomon Rondon during the summer window.

As reported by The Mag, Benitez said it is “great” to have an owner with Moshiri’s “spirit”:

“We have an owner [Farhad Moshiri] that wants to spend money,” Benitez said.

“After my last experience in the Premier League [at Newcastle United], not spending any money [due to Mike Ashley], it is great to have owners with this spirit.

“Now it is important that when the new transfer window arrives, we are ready.

“We know what we need.

“We have to bring the balance between top class players and the players that want to be here.

“They want to be here in the winter, when it is snowing and when it is cold, not just during the summer.

“Players who really have the passion and desire to fight for us.

“But they also need the quality to make a difference. It has to be players who will perform. Not just bringing in names.

“There are not too many players, especially in the January transfer window, that will be available and keen to come, if they are playing in the Champions League.

“We know the difficulties and it is not easy, we have to start working on that now.

“January is complicated but maybe you bring in young players with the desire to improve. Maybe players who are not playing [at their current clubs] who have experience and are good professionals.”

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