03/07/2021; 1:11 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Four weeks ago, Carlo Ancelotti stunned the Goodison Park hierarchy by informing them that he has decided to accept the vacant managerial position at Real Madrid. After a long and exhaustive search, Everton yesterday officially announced the appointment of Rafael Benitez as the club's new manager.
Everton has signed a three-year deal with Benitez, making him the only manager in the modern era to lead both Merseyside teams, running Liverpool between 2004 and 2010. His appointment comes alongside fitness coach Paco De Miguel, who has been a long-time associate of the manager. Former Evertonian heroes Duncan Ferguson and Leighton Baines retained their current positions at the club alongside long-time goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly.
Benitez, in his opening statement, said that he was impressed with the drive, desire, and goals shown by top management at the club. Rafael also added that he was committed to assisting them in achieving new goals and taking this historic club forward.
Farhad Moshiri, Everton's main stakeholder, said that Benitez had impressed the Board of Everton with his expertise and desire to join the club.
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His now-infamous "Everton is a small club" statement has been explained away. Still, Benitez's impending arrival at Goodison Park has been a bone of contention for a section of the Everton fanbase.
Banners protesting the Board ofctors' decision appeared outside Goodison Park in recent days. Despite the protests, Everton's main shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, has pushed for Benitez's hiring. It has been reported that he believes that Benitez is the most qualified option available to deliver success to the Blue half of Merseyside.
Benitez has taken a calculated risk by becoming the manager of Everton. Only positive results in the league and a season in which he wins a trophy will appease the large portion of the fanbase that was against his appointment. Rafael and his team have to come out all guns blazing against Southampton on day one of the new Premier League season, or they could feel the full wrath of a potentially seething Goodison Park.
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