By Olly Allen

24th Nov, 2021 | 6:10am

Everton manager Rafa Benitez ‘one of the greatest’, says Thomas Frank

Everton manager Rafa Benitez has been hailed as one of the best ever by Brentford boss Thomas Frank.

The two clubs meet in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, with the Toffees looking to win for the first time in seven matches.

The Bees are also struggling for form, having picked up just one point from their last five games.

Ahead of the match, Frank spoke to Sky Sports about his opposite number in the dugout.

“I think Rafa is one of the greatest managers we have seen in the world,” the Dane said. “His CV speaks for itself.

“I think it’s incredible what he has achieved and the clubs he has been in charge of. So he’s a guy I definitely admire a lot.”

High praise

It is certainly high praise from Frank and in all honesty it is not unwarranted. Benitez has had an excellent career and achieved success at many clubs.

His highlight has arguably been winning the Champions League with Liverpool in dramatic style in 2005 and he also lifted the FA Cup with the Reds.

That followed a spell at Valencia where he won two league titles and the UEFA Cup and he went on to win the Europa League with Chelsea and the Coppa Italia with Napoli. Benitez has also taken charge of Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

Of course all this matters little to Everton fans. What is most important is how the Spaniard is doing at Goodison Park and currently the answer is not very well.

The Toffees have taken just two points from the last 18 available with Benitez struggling to cope with injuries to key players such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

In other Everton news, a pundit has blasted one Toffees player, questioning what he brings to the team.

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