Why this proven Champions League winner would be the right man to take Everton forward


Why Rafael Benitez would be the right man to lead Everton

The Liverpool Echo suggests that former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has not ruled out a move to Everton in the future if he gets a chance.

Benitez, 59, started his managerial career with Real Madrid’s U17 teams back in 1986. His illustrious career expanded across Europe with teams like Liverpool, Napoli, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid. At the moment, he is Dalian Yifang in China.

He has been successful in Italy, England and Spain, and is one of the most decorated managers in the world of football. He has won trophies in his time at Valencia, Liverpool, Napoli and Chelsea, including the one where he guided the Reds to Champion League glory in 2006.

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Meanwhile, Everton sacked Marco Silva after an unsuccessful spell of run that saw the Toffees drop to the relegation zone. At the moment, Duncan Ferguson is temporarily in charge of the club and Everton are in search of a new manager to take over.

After a change in management, Everton look to be bright after toppling Chelsea 3-1 last weekend. It is clear that they need a permanent manager in the long run.

In regard to this, Rafa Benitez would be good to take over at Goodison Park. He was with their bitter rivals Liverpool for quite a long time and helped them achieve success in the past. His Liverpool side were one of the best teams in Europe at that time.

In 2016, he was appointed as the manager of Newcastle in order to save them from relegation, but he could not avoid that and then helped the Magpies get promoted to Premier League after a year in the Championship.

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This season he has done a decent job with Dalian Yifang and has lifted them to 9th position in the Chinese League, so far.

The Madrid-born manager has a lot of experience that would prove to be vital in Everton reviving their hopes of finishing in the top half of the table. His ability to process the development of youngsters has been excellent.

Though he might have had a bad time at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, due to their higher status, he would be perfect to take control at Goodison Park.

Under Marco Silva, Everton did not have a proper formation as they wavered between a 5-4-1 and a 4-4-2 system quite often. And their tactical approach to the game might change with Benitez, who prefers the 4-2-3-1, with which he was successful at Liverpool and Valencia.

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Everton’s future lies with the manager they appoint and it would be better if the hierarchy takes note of Benitez’s success and achievements in his previous years in England. Appointing the Spaniard would guarantee them with a chance to throw away their past and move forward.

Therefore, with Benitez himself willing to take up the Everton job, according to the report, they must quickly respond and appoint him at the earliest.

Indhrajit James

Hi, I am Indhrajit James from the Soul of India, Odisha. An English graduate who worships the incredible game of football. An avid follower of European football, playing and discussing this game is something that I cannot take out of my life. Follow me on Facebook @Indhrajit

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