Former Everton Manager Speaks Out Over Disastrous ReignBy Unclassified • Sep 22nd, 2022 • Category: News |
We all know that making the move to a rival is going to be extremely difficult and something that may not necessarily be well received, and Rafa Benitez is one man that should have known the magnitude of the task at hand when he took the reigns at Everton.
Indeed, the former Liverpool manager was hired as the man to replace Carlo Ancelotti however it was met with anger and tension from fans, with his history in the red half of Merseyside a factor in their disdain for him. Additionally, results did not go their way, either.
The Spaniard would go on to last six months, as he was unable to turn things around and results continued to be relatively poor. In fact, in the lead up to his sacking, there will have been many that will have been looking at a list of bonuses on sites not on gamstop where they could place a wager on him being fired because things got so bad during his time at the club.
However, Benitez has since spoken about his time at the club and has admitted that he has no regrets about his time with The Toffees, although he has admitted that he had struggled because of his past with Liverpool.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, he had said: “At the time Everton came in with the offer, I knew I would give my best and do everything to try to improve things,” he said. “I knew it could be difficult because I was at Liverpool, so maybe I couldn’t make some decisions. It was very clear for us at the beginning.
“I had a meeting with a head of one of the departments and I asked him ‘do you think everything is fine?’ He said ‘yeah, everything is perfect.’ I thought ‘£600m had been spent, it cannot be perfect when the owners aren’t happy and the fans are not happy.’
“So I realised we had to change things inside, but I couldn’t do it straight away because I was a former Red and it could be seen as ‘oh, he’s come in to change our club’.
“In another club, I would have made those decisions. I did it in the past, because you know very clearly that is the way to improve, but there at Everton I couldn’t do it.”
Benitez is still out of work following his sacking at Everton and fans will be hoping they do not see him at Goodison Park in the near future in any capacity. However, should another Premier League job become available, he could well apply and look to get back in the dugout, with the Spaniard already linked with Leicester City.
Frank Lampard was the man to take over from the Spaniard and after managing to keep the team up in the most precarious of circumstances, things have started a little bit better for the Toffees this season, having picked up their first win of the season against West Ham.
The Merseyside outfit still have a way to go to improve – turning draws into wins consistently, but with a run of positive results having been achieved, there will be plenty of optimism about the next portion of the season.