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Everton Fans Are Furious That Rafa Benitez Might Be Their Next Manager

Everton Fans Are Furious That Rafa Benitez Might Be Their Next Manager

It's a bonkers evening on the hamster wheel of football news. Sergio Ramos is leaving Real Madrid. And Rafa Benitez, of all people, is being linked with a move back to Liverpool to manage Everton.

The news comes via Jim White and others, who say talks are on-going and a deal is close.

Which means we've entered the kite-flying phase of negotiations. Everton seem to be gauging just how negative its fanbase would react to the hiring of a former Liverpool manager.

So far, it's been pretty negative.

Speaking on bein Sport, former Everton striker Andy Gray was unequivocal in his dismissal of the mooted appointment.

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Gray said, "I've talked to some people I know in the Liverpool area, and they've said if that happens, they won't go back...If it'd been 10 or 11 years ago, and he'd left Liverpool, maybe... Has Rafa lit up the footballing world as a coach since? In my opinion, nowhere near it."

Richard Keys added that that club management couldn't make a 'more divisive' choice to replace Carlo Ancelotti.

The sentiment was echoed by talksport's Mike Parry.

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Obviously there's history between Rafa and Everton. Speaking in 2007, Benitez called Everton a 'small club'.

 "I was really disappointed because one team wanted to win the game and one team didn't want to lose it.

"Everton put eight or nine men behind the ball and defended deep but that's what small clubs do.

"When a team comes to Anfield and only want a point what else can you call them but a small club?"

Benitez appeared on MNF in 2019 and clarified his 'small club' remark while saying he was open to taking the job at Goodison.

He said: "What I wanted to say was they are a small team because in this game I remember they had one chance. Liverpool fans they were happy and the Evertonians were upset. But I didn't want to say they were a small club I wanted to say they were a small team."

We'd love to Rafa and Seamus Coleman working together but that's our Irish bias coming out.

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Donny Mahoney
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Donny Mahoney is Chief Sportswriter and one of the founders of Balls.ie

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