‘Rafa needs time’: Benítez secures support from Everton owner Moshiri

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Farhad Moshiri has claimed Rafael Benítez will have time and financial backing to revive Everton despite fans turning on the club’s hierarchy after Liverpool’s humiliating Merseyside derby.

Moshiri was in the United States as Everton succumbed to a sixth loss in eight games without a win on Wednesday, and was therefore spared direct criticism aimed at President Bill Kenwright and Director of Football Marcel Brands after the reverse 4-1. Chants of ‘sack the board’ came from the home fans who remained inside Goodison Park at the final whistle, as those responsible for a dismal recruitment spanning several years, not just the old one. Liverpool manager, have been identified as the cause of the club’s continued decline.

Benítez is Moshiri’s fifth permanent managerial position in five years and has spent £ 1.7million in the summer because the club have had to navigate the rules of Premier League profitability and sustainability. His team welcome Arsenal on Monday, when Everton’s majority shareholder is expected to be present, before heading to Crystal Palace and Chelsea. In an SMS exchange with TalkSport’s Jim White, Moshiri claimed he is standing by his last controversial leadership appointment and will back Benítez with funds in January.

When asked if he still supports Benítez, the billionaire replied, “Yes. Football is crisis one day and glory the next. Rafa is a good manager and the underperformance is largely due to injuries. The next two weeks we will have a full team and in the meantime the results will improve. Rafa needs time to make his mark on the team. He will be supported to add depth to the team. Managers need time. I have no doubt that we will have a solid second half of the season.

The dysfunction within Everton’s hierarchy has been evident for some time, with Moshiri appointing managers and sanctioning signings against the wishes of his soccer director. Brands briefly stopped to speak to an angry fan as he walked out of the directors’ lodge on Wednesday. Images of their exchange show that Brands, when asked if he was responsible for recruiting the exposed squad, replied: “Is it just the players? He doesn’t specify who else he considers guilty.


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