Report: ‘Special’ manager wants to be next Everton boss after Moshiri talks
Rafa Benitez wants to be the next Everton manager after holding talks with owner Farhad Moshiri, according to the Mirror.
The Toffees chief has held another round of negotiations with Benitez over the hot seat vacated by Carlo Ancelotti. The Spaniard is one of two leading contenders, despite Moshiri coming close to agreeing on terms with Nuno Espirito Santo.
Benitez is eager to accept an offer to manage Everton next season having returned to his home on Merseyside. He is prepared to back his tactics turning support from fans around, having so far received a negative reception.
Moshiri has carried out fresh interviews to sound out the best option as he works on making his decision. The British-Iranian businessman seems determined to make the call, even if it means going against Director of Football Marcel Brands.
Brands has been more receptive to the negative response fans have given to the idea of appointing Nuno or Benitez. The former Wolves boss had expected a formal offer to be the next Everton manager last weekend with terms close.
But talks have continued with Benitez, as not all of the Everton hierarchy appear sold on the idea of Nuno. The Portuguese had risen on the Blues’ shortlist after David Moyes signed a new contract at West Ham.
TBR’s view: Benitez will back himself as Everton manager
Moshiri considering reviving Everton’s interest in Benitez earlier in the week drew a mostly negative response from some fans. They will likely now be disappointed to hear talks are continuing and that he wants to replace Ancelotti.
But the negative reception is unlikely to deter Benitez, who will back himself and his methods getting supporters onside. The Spaniard has worked in tough environments at Real Madrid, Anfield, Chelsea and Inter Milan and in tough conditions.
He has won the Champions League, FA Cup, a Europa League and two La Ligas, as well. UEFA also named Benitez Manager of the Year twice, while Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles lauded him as ‘special’ for how he is able to cope in tense situations.