Rafa Benitez's Everton appointment 'in doubt' following fan backlash

Everton have cooled their interest in former Newcastle Untied manager Rafa Benitez, according to a report.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 11:19 am
Rafa Benitez arrives at Goodison Park with Newcastle United in 2018.
Rafa Benitez arrives at Goodison Park with Newcastle United in 2018.

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However, some fans protested against the proposed appointment because of Benitez’s previous association with Liverpool, and Everton legend Neville Southall said: “I think Rafa Benitez’s a good manager, but is he right for Everton? No. Not a chance! He's Liverpool, the fans won't have it. If he comes into that ground, he’s going to have to produce something special.”

A deal had looked to be close, but talkSPORT today report that an expected contract offer “has not materialised”.

Benitez, out of work since leaving Dalian Professional early this year, had been linked with a return to Newcastle, the club he managed for more than three years, in the event of a proposed £300million sale to a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium being resurrected through legal action.