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Exclusive: Ex-Everton man weighs in on link with Rafa Benitez

Former Everton star Michael Ball believes that Rafael Benitez has all the required credentials to take over from Carlo Ancelotti, but fears that it may turn ugly if such an appointment goes wrong.

Ancelotti shockingly left the club last week to rejoin Real Madrid after the departure of Zinedine Zidane.

The Italian was only appointed in December of 2019 but he has departed, having taken in just one full season at Goodison Park.

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Everton finished 10th in 2020/21 but he has still left to join one of the biggest clubs in world football, if not the best.

Everton have since been linked with a number of managers and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has suggested that the club should make a move to bring in the former Reds boss, who was also rumoured to be a contender in The Athletic.

Ball thinks he has the CV to do a good job, but believes his associations with the Reds, with whom he won the Champions League, could see the appointment turn “toxic”.

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, he said: “All the managers I’ve seen us linked with, all have got pros and cons. Even top managers like Rafa Benitez, he’s a fantastic coach, he’s probably got the credentials Everton need.

“He knows the Premier League, he knows how to play in Europe but unfortunately, I feel if they have some bad performances, I think it would turn toxic quite quickly.

“That’s the only downfall. He’s such a big name across the park but his credentials are probably what Everton need going forward.”

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