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Everton appoint Benitez
After several weeks of searching, Everton have finally unveiled their new coach. The departure of Carlo Ancelotti was a surprise to many after what was seen to be a decent job with the Toffees.
However, the Real Madrid job came calling and the Italian simply could not turn down the opportunity to return to the Spanish capital for a second spell.
In his place a number of names were touted but Everton have settled on former Liverpool and Newcastle boss Rafa Benítez.
The Spaniard joins on a 3-year contract having left China where he was last employed. He is known for successes at Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle in addition to time at Valencia, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
We can confirm Rafael Benitez has been appointed as our new manager.
— Everton (@Everton) June 30, 2021
“I am delighted to be joining Everton. 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,” said Benitez.
“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.”
Everton fans divided
Considering that Benitez was the previous Liverpool head coach, understandably the lead-up to his appointment saw plenty of supporters not best pleased with the links.
However, unsurprisingly, some have taken their anger too far on both social media and into the physical world.
Banners were put up near Benitez’s home telling him not to sign.
This banner is online. It has been posted not far from where Rafa Benitez lives with his wife and his daughters. It’s sinister, it’s reprehensible and the people responsible for it should be ashamed. They are a disgrace. pic.twitter.com/6prhZt16vX
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) June 28, 2021
On social media some fans even disassociated themselves with the club.
Not my club any more. Unfollowed
— John Hickey-Fry (@John_HF) June 30, 2021
— Alex Daley (@AlexDaleyEFC) June 30, 2021
— Steve (@ferninho) June 30, 2021
Even some Liverpool fans reacted badly to the news.
I loved and respected you so much as a legend of my club! Now you are a nobody for us! Betraying us like this when you could’ve get any other job elsewhere! No passion, no love for Liverpool!
— Alberto Alexandru (@AlbertFlorin1) June 30, 2021
There were however plenty of positive replies also which it is important to highlight.
Welcome to the club with most embarrassing fans in the country.
I for one stand beside my club in supporting the team on and off the pitch.
Hard work starts now… We like attacking, attractive, entertaining football. Nail that and its a winner.
— Park Ender (@PE4InTheNet) June 30, 2021
Not a real Everton fan if you’re not behind any manager appointed
— DylanCoin© (@2StepStunner) June 30, 2021
Wasn’t my first choice but I’m ok with him, so what he called us small about 75 years ago, not arsed, he knows how to win trophies so I’ll give him a chance.
— Ste Jones (@5teVanDamme) June 30, 2021
Welcome rafa, good luck.
Hopefully you’re a success here.
— EvertonViking (@EvertonViking) June 30, 2021
Everton’s aim will be to qualify for Europe next season, should Benitez succeed, maybe he can turn around some of the doubters.
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