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Steven Naismith shares reaction as Everton confirm Rafa Benitez appointment

Steven Naismith has told Sky Sports News (broadcast on 30/6; 16:06) that Rafa Benitez must get off to a good start after Everton confirmed his appointment on Wednesday – but insisted that the fans will want to see entertaining football following the split reaction.

The Toffees confirmed the controversial appointment of the former Liverpool boss this week.

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It comes after almost a month spent looking for Carlo Ancelotti’s successor at Goodison Park.

In that time, Everton have been linked with a host of names. The likes of David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Frank Lampard cropped up at various stages.

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But Benitez has got the job. And given his ties to their Merseyside rivals, it is not an appointment that has gone down well with everyone.

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Naismith acknowledged that Benitez has work to do to win the supporters over. But he insisted that positive results may not be enough on their own to endear the Spaniard to the fans.

“I think for his success at Everton, the whole thing will be on the start. Not the first game, maybe the first couple of months, but he needs to start well,” he told Sky Sports.

“The biggest thing I realised when I went to Everton was the fans want to see winning teams, but they want to see entertaining teams. The home crowd can be an amazing backing if he can get off to a good start in their games and play some exciting football.”

Is Benitez the right man to excite Everton fans after divided reaction appointment?

Benitez is absolutely a manager who can bring success back to Everton. He has won many honours throughout his career.

However, there are surely question marks over whether he is the right man to implement an exciting brand of football.

His teams are often known for being pragmatic rather than pulsating.

Of course, he will have greater resources at Everton than he had at Newcastle. So it will be fascinating to see how he gets on.

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