Jamie Carragher tells Everton to make Rafa Benitez their next manager… with the ex-Liverpool boss an ‘obvious candidate’ to succeed Carlo Ancelotti after he left to rejoin Real Madrid
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Everton must make a shock for ex-Reds boss Rafa Benitez after Carlo Ancelotti left the club on Tuesday.
Despite only joining in December 2019, Italian coach Ancelotti has rejoined Real Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane, leaving a gaping hole at Goodison Park.
And Carragher, who spent six years under Benitez at Anfield and won the Champions League and FA Cup under his management, says a transfer for the 61-year-old should be ‘at least considered’ by Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri.
Rafa Benitez should be considered for Everton job, says Jamie Carragher
Carlo Ancelotti stunned fans by leaving the club on Tuesday to rejoin Real Madrid
“Rafa is available, settled in the area and I am sure he will be ready if Moshiri is willing to consider one of the most shocking appointments in the history of Merseyside football,” Carragher said in a statement. The Telegraph.
At the very least, Benitez should be considered as Moshiri embarks on a new management quest. And not for the first time, before the owner chooses the right candidate, he must be free from the football direction he wants to take.
“As an outsider looking at a club’s recruiting process, it’s confusing and disturbing to hear so many candidates named who differ in personality and playing style.
With Ancelotti, Everton continued the tried and tested, proven manager and star name. If that’s what Moshiri still wants, Benitez is an obvious candidate.”
Carragher had the most successful period of his under-six career with the Spaniard
Ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, former Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe and Brighton manager Graham Potter are others in the running for the job at Everton.
West Ham boss and ex-Everton manager of 11, David Moyes has also been linked with a reunion at Goodison Park.
Benitez, meanwhile, has been out of work since he left Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional in January to be closer to his family on Merseyside during the coronavirus pandemic.
He previously managed to win Valencia in LaLiga and the UEFA Cup in 2004 before moving to Liverpool, where he achieved cult status in his first year by winning the club’s famous fifth European Cup, after a dramatic comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul.
Benitez was most recently working for Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional
The Spaniard won the FA Cup a year later and finished second in the 2008–09 Premier League, before leaving the club by mutual consent.
He then went on to then European champions Inter Milan, won the Europa League as a caretaker at Chelsea and spent two years with Napoli.
Benitez also had an unsuccessful six months in charge at Real Madrid, before his popularity skyrocketed at Newcastle as he stayed with the club in the championship and promoted to the Premier League, before his frustrations with the board grew and he left in 2019.