If you’re an Everton supporter who isn’t keen on seeing Rafa Benitez becoming the club’s new manager, look away now.
This has been a dramatic week in the Toffees’ hunt for a new head coach. Fellow managerial target Nuno Espirito Santo is now a favourite for the Spurs job, while Christophe Galtier looks as though he’s heading to Nice.
Very quickly, the Everton hierarchy are beginning to run out of alternatives for Benitez, a man who is very close to being appointed. Fortunately for the 61-year-old, another candidate has seemingly ruled himself out of the race.
That initially appeared to be good news for supporters who wanted him to take over, but one of the reason he rejected Palace was because he doesn’t want to return to coaching yet.
With Favre emerging as a candidate for Everton earlier this week, it looked as though frustrated Toffees supporters had a glimmer of hope that Benitez might not be appointed. They’d have then been delighted to see a move to Palace fall through for the Swiss coach at the very last moment.
Their emotions are being toyed with, however, as the 63-year-old is set for a further spell away from the game.
This is rather bad news for sections of the fan base who have been left enraged with the board’s decision to consider Benitez. The Spaniard won the Champions League with Liverpool and many of the Goodison Park faithful are reluctant to see him arrive due to his association with the red part of Merseyside.
What’s equally frustrating is that Favre would have been a good appointment for Everton. He was sacked from his role at Borussia Dortmund last December but played a brand of free-flowing football which would likely have been appreciated in England.
His team scored 84 times during the 2019/20 campaign, second to only Bayern Munich in Germany, as he picked the club up during a difficult transition period.
They had lost key players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembele within the space of three transfer windows but he still lifted them to consecutive second-place finishes in the Bundesliga.
Favre was adept at using young players, bringing Jadon Sancho to prominence and establishing himself as someone who can walk into a rebuilding job and thrive.
That would have suited an Everton side who appear to be at a crossroads. They aren’t quite good enough for the top six and are resigned to mid-table mediocrity.
Supporters should be upset that he’s not going to consider their club this summer.