By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

21st Sep, 2022 | 8:00pm

Sky Sports pundit fumes at Rafa Benitez for Everton comments, tells him to 'keep quiet'

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Rafa Benitez should “just keep quiet” about his failed run as Everton manager says Kevin Campbell who doesn’t want to hear him “crowing on” about it.

The former Toffees boss has given an interview to Sky Sports claiming that he couldn’t succeed at the club because of his Liverpool history, meaning he couldn’t change things he wanted to.

But Sky Sports pundit Campbell has slammed the Spaniard’s doomed run at the Goodison Park helm and says whatever the successes in his managerial career he did not do it at the club.

“Rafa Benitez, he should just keep quiet,” he exclusively told Goodison News.

“He’s got a great resumé, but sometimes you’ve got to hold you hands up, you didn’t do it.

“You came in with the great resumé, you were there to make a difference, and let’s be honest the club got worse under his stewardship. 

“So let’s be honest, respect him as a manager, respect him for what he’s done in the game, but his Everton tenure was awful.

“And I don’t really want to hear him crowing on about himself about ‘wasn’t given a chance’. He was given a chance, he was given the manager’s job.

“And he didn’t do it, so whatever he wants to say after the fact, the stats and the results don’t lie. 

“He was part of Everton having the worst away run in the league. That happened under Rafa Benitez. I think after the first seven games Everton never won until under Lampard, but that was way down deep into the season.

“It was ridiculous!”

Farhad Moshiri should never have tried to force the club to accept the former Liverpool boss, especially at a time when the new financial constraints were going to make things tough already.

Benitez might claim he couldn’t change things, but if he didn’t think he would be able to do the job properly he shouldn’t have taken it, however honestly he intended to be a success.

He was backed by the owner in disputes that led to the exits of sporting director Marcel Brands, defender Lucas Digne, and medical director Danny Donachie, so he can’t have been that restrained, and ultimately it was a horrendous time at the club that everyone would benefit from moving on from now that Frank Lampard is turning things around.