Rafa Benitez has been named the new Everton manager and has signed a 3-year deal with the Toffees. The move is a historic one in Premier League, after the Toffees’ owner Farhad Moshiri finalized on the Spaniard’s appointment and he will become the first man ever to have managed both Liverpool and Everton.
Benitez will take over from Carlo Ancelotti who left his job this summer for a call at Real Madrid. Benitez has become Everton’s fifth new permanent manager in as many years and brings in a bit of Merseyside history with it. The 61-year old manager is involved with Liverpool’s history as he led them to a Champions League glory in 2005.
Rafa Benitez had won the Champions League trophy with Liverpool in 2005
The appointment of the former Liverpool coach has not been well received by some of the Toffees fans. A threatening banner seemingly aimed at Benitez, reading “we know where you live, don’t sign”, was placed near his Merseyside home on Monday.
Benitez was Chelsea’s interim manager for the majority of the 2012/13 season and led the Blues to Europa League glory. His previous appearance in the Premier League came when he coached Newcastle for more than three years before leaving at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
Everton’s 2021-22 campaign begins at home to Southampton, with the first round of fixtures scheduled to take place on the weekend of August 14-15.
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