Blues fans have expressed fury at the news that Rafa Benitez is the overwhelming favorite to become their next boss, despite his close and deep-rooted ties to Liverpool and their fans.
Moshiri leads the meeting, and we understand that he has scheduled a new meeting with the Spanish coach, where it is expected that the details of a contract – already agreed in principle – will be confirmed.
The news has been a sickening blow to Goodison’s loyalists, with many suggesting they will not set foot in the stadium if the ex-Liverpool manager is confirmed.
Others expressed their displeasure with Moshiri himself, suggesting that he had opposed his own board to get to the point of offering the job to Benitez.
A popular fan website put it bluntly, saying, “If that happens we would be beyond #RafaOut, it would be #MoshiriOut.
Even former Everton players have come out to suggest it will be a terribly unpopular date, with former fan favorite Andy Gray – who has previously been offered the post of Goodison manager himself – suggesting that ‘he would rather see coach Duncan Ferguson get it, rather than Rafa.
And one fan joked in response to that comment: “I’d rather see Duncan manage us in the league, rather than Benitez in the Premier League. ”
It wasn’t just Benitez’s ties to Liverpool that transformed Everton fans – though his description of the Blues as ‘a little club’ still rages on.
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Many are in disbelief that he is seen on a recent record of half-table darkness with Newcastle and indiscriminate spells with Napoli, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
He won the league with Newcastle in 2017, but went on to finish 10th and 13th in the Premier League with 44 and 45 points respectively. Since then he has been unsuccessfully successful in China with Dalian Professional.
Another fan website, in a high-profile poll, found that only 18% of supporters wanted Benitez as their manager, but that didn’t deter Moshiri.
He has already spoken to the senior boss three times and is now ready to hold a final meeting that will confirm the fine print of the contract.
There is, however, some opposition within the club, with director of football Marcel Brands concerned about Benitez’s previous ambivalence to working with a director of football.
Fans will make their feelings known to Moshiri and hope their protest can change his mind. But there is fear among them that he may not be interested in listening to them, as he prepares to take a sixth management appointment since joining the club five years ago.