According to TalkSPORT, former Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez’s move to Everton is off.
The Spaniard looked set to take over as boss last week. It was reported on Wednesday evening by Sky Sports that Benitez was set to be appointed as Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement.
Everton have been on the lookout for a new manger since June 1st, when Ancelotti left the club and returned to Real Madrid.
Multiple names have been linked, including former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
But it was reported last week that Benitez was the Toffees’ first choice.
However, there has since been an almighty backlash from supporters.
And now it looks like the deal is off.
Five days since it was claimed Benitez was going to become manager, TalkSPORT have reported that this no longer appears to be the case.
They state that the 61-year-old hasn’t been offered a contract, with the Everton hierarchy listening to supporters.
The deal is reportedly off: ex-Toon boss Benitez no longer heading to Everton
For Everton fans, it’s great that they have reportedly been heard.
Benitez is a great manager, but perhaps not for the Toffees.
He’s too engrained in their biggest rivals’ history, winning the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005.
While he was a hero at Newcastle, that was never likely to be the case at Everton.
It would be like if the Magpies appointed a former Sunderland manager who’d won multiple major trophies at the Stadium of Light…a hard thing to imagine, I know.
The reaction to Benitez from some people was somewhat over the top, particularly Richard Keys. The disgraced former Sky Sports presenter was vehemently against Benitez, discrediting all of his achievements.
That’s despite the fact Keys wanted Everton to appoint Benitez in 2019. How embarrassing…
While Keys will certainly be happy that Benitez remains unemployed, Everton’s search for a new manager looks set to continue.
They are one of three Premier League clubs without a boss, alongside Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
Luckily none of them have approached Steve Bruce…yet.