Jim White: Liverpool hero 'on the brink' of becoming Everton boss – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is on the brink of becoming Everton manager, according to talkSPORT’s Jim White.
Being told Rafa Benitez tonight on the brink of becoming @Everton manager after more talks today.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) June 16, 2021
The Toffees want a quality successor for Carlo Ancelotti, and it appears that they are ready to appoint the Spaniard.
Benitez remains a Liverpool hero after guiding them to the Champions League title in 2005, but the Everton board are ignoring his affiliation with their city rivals and ready to make him their next manager.
He brings plenty of experience to the table having managed Valencia, Real Madrid, Napoli, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Newcastle United, and could help boost the Toffees’ top-six ambitions.
Benitez was linked with Tottenham Hotspur after Jose Mourinho was fired, but looks to be on the verge of a new job.
Erstwhile Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo was also linked with Everton, rejecting Crystal Palace despite coming close to moving to Selhurst Park as Roy Hodgson’s replacement.
That has not worked out from the look of things, with the Spaniard now the clear favourites.
The 61-year-old left Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Professional in January and is currently in Liverpool with his family.
Everton will be hoping that he can hit the ground running at Goodison Park next season, and there will be a lot of pressure on him from the fans if that does not happen.
Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri is likely to splash the cash again this summer, and Benitez’s experience could in handy alongside that of Director of Football Marcel Brand.