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Everton considering a move for Rafa Benitez

Fill a hat with a long list of available managers and it’s likely that one of them will have been linked to Everton in the past fortnight!

The Toffees seemingly have plenty of names they’re willing to consider as they patiently plan their future without Carlo Ancelotti.

What’s the latest?

The last few days have been a hectic affair in terms of Everton’s hunt for a new manager.

They have been in talks with Nuno Santo and have also made an informal approach to West Ham boss David Moyes.

However, the freshest name on their minds is ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

The Telegraph reported on Wednesday evening that the Toffees were considering a shock move for the 61-year-old who is currently out of a job.

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Benitez lives on Merseyside and is very keen on returning to the Premier League, with Farhad Moshiri now viewing him as a genuine option.

Contact has been made with the Spaniard but advanced talks are far away.

A solid alternative

The Everton chairman is particularly keen on luring two of the club’s former managers to Goodison Park this summer.

One of which is Roberto Martinez, someone who guided them to a fifth-place finish, and the other is Moyes.

The Scot enjoyed over a decade in Merseyside and is the last head coach to take Everton to a place in the elusive Champions League.

That being said, if they can’t agree on a deal for Moyes to return, Benitez would be one of their next best bets.

Their experience levels are the same but it’s the Spanish coach who comes out on top in terms of a trophy haul.

Benitez won the Champions League with Everton’s city rivals and won La Liga on two occasions with Valencia. He also has a Europa League winner’s medal to his name with Chelsea and has won a domestic cup in England and in Italy.

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His stock may have fallen since a largely unsuccessful spell at Newcastle but given the right budget, as he wasn’t at St James’ Park, he could thrive.

Everton haven’t been afraid to spend in recent years but never got to feel the full force of Ancelotti’s lure.

Benitez has his own appeal to players around the globe and has a large book of contacts he could use to his advantage.

Described as “fantastic” by Jurgen Klopp, the managerial veteran is flexible tactically and an avid user of analytics on the training ground. His meticulous attention to detail could finally lift Everton from their mid-table obscurity.

AND in other news, Worse than Nuno: Moshiri risks more mediocrity if Everton hire “stubborn” 47 y/o boss…

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