English Premier league side Everton have appointed Rafael Benitez as their new manager on a three-year deal.
The former Liverpool head coach Benitez has become Carlo Ancelotti’s successor at Goodison Park after the Italian resigned from his post to return to Real Madrid on June 1.
According to the club official statement, the appointment of 61 year old experienced gaffer was done after “a robust and wide-reaching recruitment process” over the last three weeks, which saw “multiple interviews with several candidates”.
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Benítez will be the most controversial managerial appointment in Everton’s history given his strong allegiances to rival club Liverpool, where he won the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup in 2006.
David Moyes was initially considered but the former Everton manager, overlooked by Moshiri when Ancelotti became available in December 2019, signed a three-year contract extension with West Ham.
Nuno Espírito Santo had expected to be offered the position after meetings with Moshiri, only for the Everton hierarchy to go cool on the former Wolves manager.
Since then Moshiri has held several rounds of constructive talks with Benítez and considers him the best available candidate in a difficult market.
Benítez is expected to bring his longtime fitness coach, Paco de Miguel, to Goodison. But it remains to be seen where Duncan Ferguson, caretaker manager before Ancelotti and first-team coach under the Italian, fits into the new manager’s plans.