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'Not a chance': Neville Southall fires stern warning to Everton board

Everton legend, Neville Southall, says the club should be avoiding appointing Rafa Benitez as manager, amid reports this week.

Benitez has emerged as a surprising contender to take over from Carlo Ancelotti this summer. The former Liverpool manager’s name emerging into the fold as the Toffees struggle to get a new man in the door.

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The likes of Nuno Santo and and Roberto Martinez have also been linked with moves to Goodison.

Benitez is not liked by Everton fans. His obvious links to Liverpool are one thing, but the Spaniard has also commented on the Toffees before, calling them a ‘small club’ in the past.

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And Southall, who was speaking to Talksport, believes that – while Benitez is a good manager – he is simply not the man for Everton.

“I think Benitez is a good manager. But is he right for Everton? Not a chance. He’s Liverpool. They won’t wear it,” Southall said.

“He’s going to have to do something special. But he’ll do well do produce something special because it’s a work in progress. I’d rather have Duncan Ferguson there. I think he’s a good manager.

“Why not give him a season’s contract? We aren’t going to be any worse then than we are now. Rafa Benitez? No. Good manager in his own right, but too many connections with Liverpool.”

Ferguson would get Everton fans onboard, Benitez is surely a no-go?

Southall makes a great point about Benitez there. He’d have to really pull up trees for the Toffees fans to take to him. The issue is, if after a few games things look poor, then Goodison Park will quickly turn.

Everton surely don’t want that? With Ferguson at least at the helm, there’d be a chance for the club to build again and fans would be onside.

Ancelotti’s departure has rocked the club it seems. But now is the time for calm heads, and Benitez would be the most divisive of appointments.

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