By Adefunmiloye Alani

17th Jun, 2021 | 10:32am

Everton spoke with Roberto Martinez and Graham Potter before opting for Benitez

Everton appear to have chosen Rafa Benitez as the man to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park.

According to the Mirror, Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri extended his managerial search to include talks with other candidates despite almost finalizing something with Nuno Espirito Santo last week.

A third meeting was held with the former Liverpool boss on Wednesday, but Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and Brighton’s Graham Potter were also spoken to [Mirror] before the Everton chief opted for Benitez.

What a choice!

Rafa? Really? We cannot deny the impressive curriculum vitae of the former Newcastle United boss, but going against the wish of the fans and picking him could come back to haunt Moshiri.

Did he really try for Potter and Martinez?

Was choosing a free agent a safer bet financially given the compensation involved to get the Brighton or Belgium boss?

We would never know all the details, but Potter would not have been a bad choice given the brand of football his side plays.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was in awe of his coaching methods in January, dubbing him ‘the best English manager right now’ and admitting to loving how his Brighton team plays [Brighton & Hove Independent].

Real recognize real, and Everton should have gone for Potter instead.

He is perfect for our project and would probably get us punching above our weights in no time had we picked him ahead of the pragmatic Benitez.

In other Everton news, Jose Mourinho has reacted to Toffees star making his Euros debut.

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