Rafa Benitez has told Monday Night Football (broadcast on Sky Sports; 9/12; 22:42) that he would be open to taking the Everton job in the future, despite his connections with Liverpool.
The Toffees are currently on the lookout for their next manager after sacking Marco Silva last week. Duncan Ferguson is in interim charge. But a number of names have been linked with the Goodison Park post.
Benitez is one manager whose stock remains high. The Spaniard did a fantastic job with Newcastle United and is one of the most decorated managers to have graced the Premier League in recent years.
Of course, a number of those honours came while at Liverpool. But despite his Anfield tenure, he told Jamie Carragher that he would not completely rule out taking the Everton job at some stage in the future.
“Obviously I have Liverpool connections. That is very clear,” he told Monday Night Football when asked whether the Everton job would be one that he could be interested in one day.
“But at the same time, we are involved in the city, we have a lot of friends in the city, Evertonians, Liverpudlians. I wouldn’t have any problems with the fans, with the people there. Obviously we are closer to Liverpool. But I am a professional, so in the future, you never know.”
It would be interesting to know what most Everton fans make of Benitez’s comments. Some may have no interest in seeing him take over after working at Liverpool. And Newcastle’s style of play was sometimes criticised when he was seemingly content with his side securing a goalless draw.
But Benitez is a manager who would be a marquee appointment for most Premier League sides. And he arguably has the ability to help Everton realise their potential.
The Toffees will be hoping that they get their next appointment right. But it will be intriguing to see what will happen if his name is linked with the post again if it becomes available in the future.