By Pranav Shahaney

5th Dec, 2021 | 12:10pm

Everton identify Jose Mourinho as Rafa Benitez replacement

Everton are reportedly thinking of bringing AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho back to the Premier League to replace Rafa Benitez.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Portuguese has emerged as a potential target should the club sack the Spaniard after a bad run of results.

Despite being at Roma for only five months, the 58-year-old has already complained about the officiating in the Serie A and would find it hard to resist a job in the Premier League as he feels the most at home in the English top flight.

No chance

The Toffees are in a massive financial mess and they could not even back Benitez in the summer.

Demarai Gray was the only signing that came for a transfer fee, with the rest being free agents.

Mourinho is a manager who wants to build the squad in his identity and requires the funds to attract the calibre of players he wants.

The 2010 Champions League winning manager would not be fine with the Toffees targeting top half or a top seven finish in the league and would push Farhad Moshiri to sanction heavy transfer fees to lure quality players to the club.

Unlike Benitez, he does not have the experience of working to a tight budget and would struggle to cope with life at Goodison Park.

Even if he were to come, he is not the sort of personality one wants in their dressing room and we do not see the board going for him.

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