Rafa Benitez was always wrong choice for Everton – but not because of Liverpool links – Andy Dunn

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Everton owner Farhad Moshiri sacked struggling manager Rafa Benitez on Sunday afternoon with the Merseyside team hovering above the Premier League relegation zone

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Rafa Benitez was an utterly unfathomable appointment which came to an utterly predictable conclusion.

It is hard to believe some people actually thought it was a great idea.

And his unsuitability was nothing to do with his Liverpool past, it was everything to do with the trajectory of his managerial career.

Ahead of joining Everton, Benitez had been stuffing his pension pot in the mediocrity of the Chinese Super League.

He won 12 of his 38 games in charge of Dalian Professional. Prior to that, he had done a half-decent job at Newcastle but was mainly fighting fires.

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Rafa Benitez was a poor appointment by Everton
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Everton needed a dynamic, forward-thinking, innovative manager but hired a veteran stuck in his rather old-fashioned ways.

Nice guy, Rafa, but the wrong man for the Everton job.

That it took only 195 days, but an awful lot of salary and now compensation, for the inevitable to happen was mildly surprising but Benitez was never the right fit.

It was certainly NOT mildly surprising that he fell out with the doctor, the director of football and one of the best players.

Who is next in at Goodison Park then? Hopefully for Everton fans, someone not touted by super-agents in Farhad Moshiri’s ear in some London eaterie.

So, who then?

Yes, it might be premature. Yes, it might even be a challenge the man himself thinks is too early in his coaching life.

But Wayne Rooney is doing a good job at Derby County and, with the right backroom staff, could be an inspirational force for the club.

It would be a risk… but he would have more chance of succeeding than Rafa ever did.

Everton’s shortlist







Wayne Rooney is the favourite to become Everton’s next manager
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Everton are now looking for their seventh permanent manager since David Moyes left for Manchester United in the summer of 2013.

Candidates include Derby’s Rooney, ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, former Wolves and Tottenham coach Nuno Espirito Santo, Brighton manager Graham Potter and Belgium gaffer Roberto Martinez.

“Wayne Rooney will get a mention and it is up to Wayne where he feels he is at if he was offered the job,” former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“It would be very difficult to turn down, from a club and fans point of view. Is he experienced enough? He would get the respect of the fans and the players.







Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard could be another option for Everton
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“The choice I look at, and Brighton fans won’t want me to say this, is Graham Potter. Everton fans want open and expansive football, and you would get that with him.

“This appointment has to be the right one. I don’t think [assistant manager] Duncan Ferguson is the right choice – they need to look elsewhere.”

Everton legend Tony Cottee tweeted: “The right decision to sack Rafa Benitez. He should have never been appointed in the first place.

“Now give the Evertonians a manager they really want and who understands the club… this squad should not be where they are!”

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