Neil Warnock delighted with demise of Rafa Benitez at Everton
Neil Warnock was quick to stick the boot in on Rafa Benitez when asked about the Everton manager’s future on Friday (3 December).
Warnock, recently sacked by Championship side Middlesbrough, offered no sympathy to the under-fire Blues boss in an interview on talkSPORT.
“I’m probably the wrong one to ask about that because he threatened to sue me when I was on about him playing a reserve side against Fulham,” the 73-year-old said.
Alan Brazil asked: “Is it fair to say he’s not enjoying this at the moment?”
Warnock: “Oh I hope he isn’t enjoying it, if I’m honest, I hope he keeps his job for a few more months.
“I can’t be fairer than that. What goes around comes around.”
Brazil and co-host Ally McCoist erupted into laughter as Warnock issued a scathing assessment of the Spaniard.
Warnock and Benitez have a strained relationship stretching back to their days competing as managers of Sheffield United and Liverpool.
The 2004/05 campaign saw the first meeting between the pair and the relationship has been frosty ever since.
One may think that a recently-sacked manager would offer some sympathy to a ‘colleague’, having been under the microscope himself recently.
However, Warnock is a different breed and he is not frightened to air his forthright opinions.
The sentiment may be shared by many Everton fans, in that they have a dislike of Benitez as well.
But most do not want to see him carry on in charge for a few more months – they want him out as soon as possible.
Of course, Benitez does still retain support from a section of the Blues faithful who have sympathy for the working conditions he is under at Goodison Park.
But how much longer can he survive without winning? It’s eight games in a row now, and the fixture list does not get any easier with Monday’s (6 December) clash with Arsenal followed by trips to Crystal Palace and Chelsea.