Everton appoint Rafael Benitez as their new manager ahead of 2021/22 season
Spanish manager signed a contract till 2024 after returning to the Premier League with his fourth club.
The 61-year-old Spaniard received a lot of criticism from the fans before his arrival because of his links with city rivals Liverpool.
Rafael Benitez has been named as the new Everton manager on Wednesday after signing a three-year contract with the club and will replace Carlo Ancelotti, who left the club last month to rejoin Real Madrid for his second spell.
Everton were linked with a number of managers including Nuno Espírito Santo and Christophe Galtier to replace the Italian but the move for any manager didn’t materialize due to Farhad Moshiri’s keen interest in Benitez.
Benitez, whose last managerial stint was in China with Dalian Professional also managed Newcastle United, Napoli, Valencia, and Real Madrid. However, his major success at the club level was with Toffees’ fierce rivals Liverpool, where he stayed between 2004 to 2010 and won the UEFA Champions League in 2005 along with the FA Cup and Super Cup.
He also won two La Liga titles with Valencia and UEFA Europa League with Chelsea in 2013 following a brief time with the London club.
Benitez signed a deal until 2024 and becomes the fifth permanent manager of Everton since Roberto Martinez left in 2016, who was also on the list of potential candidates for the job.
Everton start their 2021/22 campaign against Southampton at Goodison Park on August 14.