Rafael Benitez: Everton set to appoint ex-Liverpool boss as new manager

Rafael Benitez: Everton set to appoint ex-Liverpool boss as new manager

Rafa Benitez is set to take over as manager of Everton following positive discussions with the club’s board of directors.

Benitez has been unemployed since leaving Dalian Yifang’s Chinese team in January.

Sky Sports News learned that the Spaniard was the No.1 choice in Everton’s hierarchy last night and has now been offered the job.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager is set to return to the Premier League two years after leaving Newcastle United.

Everton were also in talks with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo to become Carlo Ancelotti’s successor, while David Moyes was also seen as a favorite before signing a new contract with West Ham.

Ancelotti stepped down as manager to return to Real Madrid earlier this month after 18 months at Goodison Park. He has guided the Toffees to a 10th place in the Premier League this season.

Rafa Benitez was manager of Everton rival Liverpool from 2004 to 2010

Benitez managed rival Everton from 2004 to 2010 and won the Champions League, FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup while at Anfield.

He joined interim Chelsea in 2012 and won the Europa League and guided the Blues to a third place in the Premier League that season.

Nuno Espirito Santo was also in talks with Everton over the vacant management post

After stints at Real Madrid and Napoli, Bentiez moved to Newcastle in 2016 and oversaw their relegation from the top flight. He then led Newcastle to a return to the Premier League in 2016/17 as they were promoted to league champions.

Over the next two seasons, the club finished 10th and 13th in the top flight under Benitez before leaving St James’ Park in 2019.


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