As the Blues start the weekend, they continue to assess all the candidates and a decision on Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement is not expected until the start of next week.
Farhad Moshiri is aware of supporters ‘sentiment towards a possible hiring of Benitez but, at this point, the former Liverpool boss continues to be seen as the favorite to land the Blues’ top job.
Nuno Espirito Santo – who was in pole position at this point seven days ago – remains on Everton’s shortlist along with other managers including Graham Potter and Roberto Martinez.
David Moyes was also considered before signing a new deal at West Ham.
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Benitez remains in pole position, for now, despite fans angering the club to name the 61-year-old.
The hunt for Ancelotti’s successor is now the third longest-running managerial search of the Moshiri era and will drop to Matchday 18 on Saturday, but the prospect of Benitez taking the reins from Goodison has made that nomination process the most controversial.
Moshiri will spend the weekend mulling over the decision to replace Ancelotti at Everton, aware that many supporters are unhappy with Benitez’s prospect.