If you thought that Everton could move for another target in the managerial market, think again.
Lucien Favre’s expression that he doesn’t want to return to management just yet has come at the wrong time for the frustrated Goodison Park faithful.
The 63-year-old rejected Crystal Palace yesterday but, despite that development, it looks as though Rafa Benitez will become the new manager of Everton.
Speaking before the Favre news came to light, The Athletic’s Greg O’Keeffe was certain that the Spaniard would be arriving in Merseyside again very shortly.
O’Keeffe was speaking on BBC Radio and said: “Nuno Espirito Santo came and went but I think Rafa Benitez has been the frontrunner for over a week now.”
He continued: “I believe that they are edging very very close to an announcement whereby they can confirm that he [Benitez] will become the next Everton manager.”
This is an update which is likely to leave many supporters tearing their hair out over what’s going on at Everton.
When Carlo Ancelotti walked into the club, there was a sense of astonishment amongst fan groups that they’d been able to lure one of the game’s most decorated coaches to Goodison.
However, the way in which he left was almost just as mind-boggling. The Toffees were preparing for an exciting summer of transfer recruitment as Ancelotti got to sink his teeth into the finances available in Merseyside.
However, the lure of Real Madrid is great and it was a proposal which was simply too hard to turn down for the Italian. If that left fans of the club upset, they could be downright devastated when Benitez finally enters the building.
Although his CV is impressive – he won the Champions League with neighbours Liverpool – it’s his association to the red side of Merseyside which has irked certain individuals around L4.
Benitez has enjoyed a respectable career but, during his successful spell across Stanley Park, he dubbed Everton a ‘small club’. Although he has since apologised for those remarks, things aren’t forgotten very quickly in Merseyside and it would appear that fans are reluctant to see him arrive.
The news that Favre is now also off the table will be a further dagger to the heart after Christophe Galtier rejected the Toffees earlier in the week too.
With Nuno edging closer to Spurs and Galtier potentially heading to Nice, Everton are running out of alternatives to Benitez. Unfortunately for their supporters, he looks set to arrive imminently, with anger beginning to grow larger.