Alan Brazil: Liverpool diehards will be disgusted if Rafa Benitez joins Everton
Alan Brazil claims diehard Liverpool fans would be left “disgusted” if Everton hired Rafa Benitez as their next manager.
On Thursday, The Times reported that Benitez, 61, is on Farhad Moshiri’s shortlist of managers to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park.
It is understood that the ex-Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss is admired by Everton’s majority shareholder and contact has been made.
However, ex-Scotland international Brazil expects a huge reaction from the red side of Stanley Park if Benitez was to join the Toffees.
“Rafa has got a good track record. He’s a winner, he knows what he’s doing, he can handle big-time players,” said Brazil on talkSPORT, as shown on the radio stations’s Twitter account on Thursday.
“I think Everton need a shake-up, I really do.
“The money they’ve spent, they’ve underachieved so they need someone big and Rafa fits that bill.
“But Rafa is loved by the Liverpool fans and that will play a big part in him saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – a massive part. Do you agree Ally?
McCoist replied: “Yes, I do.”
Brazil added: “He had great times at Liverpool, could he do that to the fans because some diehards there will be disgusted with this.”
Who cares about them?
If Benitez wants a top job in English football then he’s unlikely to get one bigger than the Everton job.
After a less-than-successful spell in China with Dalian Professional, Benitez is on the market again.
He’s not really been talked about in connection with Tottenham and although we’re a far bigger club than the Londoners, we are the next best thing in terms of money and expectations.
Would Benitez turn us down because he won a piece of silverware at Anfield 16 years ago? We don’t think he should.
If he’s serious about returning to management then he just needs to jump right in and do it, where he’s going to be at.
We feel he could be a marvellous appointment too if he gets a season or two to finetune the squad.
Patience needs to be shown in whoever is appointed next and no one has the track-record Benitez has when it comes to managers we’ve been linked with since Ancelotti’s exit.
In other Everton news, Jim White dropped a suggestion after a huge development at a Premier League club on Wednesday.