According to reports in the British media, Everton are on the verge of appointing Rafa Benitez as their new head coach.
The experienced boss still lives on Merseyside, as he previously managed the Toffees rivals, Liverpool, from 2004 to 2010.
His connections with the Reds make Benitez a highly risky appointment by the club’s hierarchy. The majority of Toffees fans seem to be against the Spaniard becoming the club’s new boss due to his ties with Liverpool and publicly deriding the Toffees during his time at Anfield.
This appointment would be a major gamble by Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and the rest of the Toffees hierarchy, not just because of his ties with Liverpool either.
Benitez was relatively successful with Liverpool winning the Champions League and FA Cup, while also winning the Europa League with Chelsea in 2012 as interim head coach.
Since then, he has had underwhelming stints at Real Madrid, Napoli and Newcastle. Benitez suffered relegation with the latter, but at least guided them to promotion and some midtable finishes.
His last job at Chinese club Dalian Yifang didn’t work out as planned and he left in January.
His recent record is not one of a head coach on the up, it is of one on a downward curve, which is not what Everton want or need.
The Toffees fans desperately want progress and for the team to have an identity. However, Benitez doesn’t seem like the man to bring them what they want even in the short term.
The Everton fans would have given a new head coach a little time at least to prove themselves.
However, the Spanish head coach is already on a hiding to nothing before he even starts the job. The first defeat and the fans would be calling for him to leave the club.
If Rafa Benitez is appointed as Everton head coach, then it could be the turning point of the relationship between Farhad Moshiri and the fans. He may never get them back.