Rafael Benitez Closing in on Everton Job Despite Fan Backlash

Rafa Benitez is set to be offered a deal by Everton to become their new manager
Rafa Benitez is set to be offered a deal by Everton to become their new manager / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Rafa Benitez is reportedly set to be appointed as Everton's new boss in the coming few days despite tremendous backlash from fans.

The former Liverpool boss is the leading candidate to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park, after holding further talks with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, according to the Mirror. The report states that the pair met over the weekend to thrash out the finer details of the deal, and an official announcement is imminent in the next few days.

Ancelotti left Everton to re-join Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane left the club following a disappointing trophyless season.

Fans on social media have been openly hostile towards Benitez since the news broke, especially after the former Reds' boss called Everton a "small club". At the time, he said: "I was really disappointed because one team wanted to win the game and one team didn't want to lose it.

"Everton put eight or nine men behind the ball and defended deep but that's what small clubs do. When a team comes to Anfield and only want a point what else can you call them but a small club?"

Benitez has since apologised for the remark, but Everton fans are still against the 61-year-old taking charge of their club. Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge warned Everton against giving Benitez the job, stating that "he is not the right fit for them".

Writing in the Sunday World, Adridge said: "Everton are flirting with the idea of appointing ­Rafael Benitez as their new manager, and my advice to them could not be ­clearer – don’t do it. The prospect of a former Liverpool manager taking over at Goodison Park will send a shiver down the spine of many Evertonians, and some of my blue nose friends are not happy about it.

"I saw former Everton keeper Neville Southall saying their fans will never accept Benitez as manager and I think he’s spot on. Rafa will always be a Red and even though he has made Liverpool his home and I’m sure he would love the Everton job, he is not the right fit for them. He would stabilise Everton, get them into the top half of the table next ­season and might even get them near a Cup final, but the style of football he promotes and the way he does things is not to everyone’s liking."