The former Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez has been confirmed as the new manager of Everton. Rafa Benitez is set to revolutionise Everton with a new stadium on the horizon. The arrival is a shock to some Liverpool supporters, but the move was intended for personal reasons. With the Toffees aiming to break into the top six, what can the former Newcastle United boss bring to the table?
Rafa Benitez Is Set to Revolutionise Everton
Previous Ties With the Merseyside
It is impossible to talk about the arrival of the new boss without addressing his ties with the other side of Merseyside. As previously described, the reason for the move is down to family-related reasons.
The Spaniard notably master-minded Liverpool’s Champions League in 2005. The fascinating campaign turned dramatic when the Reds overturned a three-goal deficit against the formidable AC Milan side.
Surprisingly, the team made it to another Champions League final in the 2006/07 season but were unable to conquer Milan this time. Despite the loss, Benitez was a club hero. He also captured the FA Cup, Community Shield, and the UEFA Super Cup in a spell that lasted six years.
While his ties with the other side of the city can cause a stir, one cannot deny the credentials of the former Real Madrid coach. His resume boasts enormous trophies, including two Europa Leagues titles, two La Liga titles, one Coppa Italia, Two Super Coppa Italianas, and one FIFA Club World Cup. He has also managed to thrive in an environment of hate, as seen during his time at Chelsea.
Despite his underwhelming time at Newcastle, he captured the EFL Championship in the 2017/18 season. His winning pedigree means that the nine-time League winners are expecting to gain the most of this opportunity.
One Last Chance
The controversial coach has experienced a lot of ups & downs in recent times. His time at Newcastle fell below expectations due to a lack of budget & understanding with the club. And the recent move to China was meant to take him off the bright spotlight of European football. At the age of 61, one would not be wrong to think that this could be the final big move of his career. This chance is an opportunity for him to prove himself while being able to reconnect with his family.
Rafa Benitez Is Set to Revolutionize Everton
After the unexpected departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid, Everton was left in a major conundrum. Although the latest appointment has divided the fans, Benitez could presumably perform better, given the resources at his disposal. His winning pedigree & the ambition of the blues could provide a formula to help end the long trophy drought. With that said, only time will tell if the blue of Merseyside can finally achieve the unthinkable.
Main Image Credit
Embed from Getty Images