Vinny O'Connor: Rafa Benitez highly unlikely option for Everton
It is highly unlikely that Everton will hire Rafa Benitez as their next manager, according to Sky Sports journalist Vinny O’Connor.
While stood outside Everton’s Finch Farm training ground, O’Connor shared what he had heard coming out of the club in regards to Benitez after The Times reported the ex-Liverpool boss is a contender to replace Carlo Ancelotti.
As shown in a video clip on the Football Daily Twitter account, O’Connor said: “I can put Rafa Benitez possibly being the next Everton manager into the bracket of ‘highly unlikely’.
“Why? Well, they’re not commenting officially at the moment but the noises coming out of there are to play that link right down.
“What we know is that Everton are going to go through an extensive process, they’re in the middle of an extensive process at the moment, they’re going to take their time over this decision.
“They desperately want to get the right man for the job.
“Obviously they will look at a manager like Rafa Benitez with his credentials, most notably because of the major trophies he’s won, the success that he’s had in his career.
“The drawback, of course, his links with Liverpool Football Club and whether he would be widely accepted by Evertonians as their new manager.”
Rafa a no-go?
It would be the wrong call by Everton if they fail to have a proper look at Benitez because he’s one of the more outstanding candidates.
He’s won domestic trophies, league titles and the Champions League and Europa League in his career – although we admit that was some time ago.
In his last two spells at Newcastle and Dalian Professional, his only real achievement was avoiding relegation from the Premier League with the Magpies after winning the Championship title with them.
That was totally expected though, so it’s hard to call that a major achievement for the Spaniard.
Benitez is someone who loves Merseyside though.
Yes, it all stems from his spell at Liverpool but that’s ancient history.
We’ve said it before and will say it again, if Everton hire Benitez, it will annoy the Kopites way more than it would annoy Evertonians.
If Farhad Moshiri, Bill Kenwright and Marcel Brands feel Benitez is the right man for the job then we’ll accept that.
We do trust the board to get this decision right but we fully understand that hiring managers can go either way no matter what their CV may suggest.
In other Everton news, Jim White dropped a suggestion after a huge development at a Premier League club on Wednesday.