ONLY what the hell was he thinking about when he appointed Rafa Benitez in the first place?
And what the hell was Benitez thinking when he accepted the job as manager of the worst-performing club in the Premier League?
As Benitez packed – his dismal 200-day reign ended with a disastrous defeat to Norwich, followed by a curt 40-word statement – don’t things always end like this?
With Liverpool fans mockingly singing Agent Rafa’s name at Anfield, while the Evertonians demanded his sacking.
Liverpool’s appointment of former Champions League winners – who committed the unforgivable crime of treating Everton as a ‘small club’ during his time at Anfield – is a declaration of civil war with Goodison Park devotees.
Appointing a coach who has worked at a nasty opponent rarely goes well – see George Graham (Tottenham after Arsenal), Alex McLeish (Aston Villa after Birmingham), Harry Redknapp (Southampton after Portsmouth) and Steve Bruce (Newcastle after Sunderland).
Patience won’t last long with any such manager. Especially Benitez, whose greatest successes – at Valencia and Liverpool – were 15 to 20 years ago.
Chuck in Benitez’s penchant for safe football and domestic politics, and owner Farhad Moshiri has never wanted a winner here.
But just as Moshiri should never have had Benitez in the first place, you have to wonder if the Spaniard meticulously worked out his homework on the amateur hourly regimen.
This is a club that has made headlines in the football industry for its recklessness in the transfer market – a place for rival clubs and agents to dump unwanted players with Huge transfer fees, salary agreements and commissions.
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Since Moshiri took over in 2016, Everton have shelled out transfer fees of £20m or more on 18 different players – the majority of which have been outright failures.
Many of the highly paid, overpriced unemployed remained on the company payroll.
If Benitez had known that Newcastle were about to be taken over by Saudi Arabia, he would have certainly sat tight and waited to be ushered in a sedan chair back to St James’ Park, where he is unconditionally loved. – and strangely – beloved.
A manager’s popularity at Tyneside is entirely decisive for whether he’s considered ‘Mike Ashley’s man’ – because Benitez’s Premier League record closely resembles Bruce’s and his style of football. He is no longer attractive.
But a return to Newcastle would be the perfect fit for both club and manager – and don’t bet he will return to the North East next season, especially if the Geordie Arabia boys are relegated. rank under Eddie Howe.
Benitez has won more internal battles than he has won in league games over the past three and a half months.
One win and nine losses, in the past 13 matches is in the form of relegation.
However, Benitez has ousted director of football Marcel Brands – following a humiliating 4-1 home defeat in the Merseyside derby last month.
And left-back Lucas Digne, whose mother of all personality clashes with Benitez, was brought to Aston Villa last week.
The Frenchman, hugely popular at Goodison before Benitez’s arrival, left a farewell message on his doorstep for his manager, declaring ‘Sometimes it takes just one person from the outside to destroy a relationship. beautiful love’.
Brazilian striker Richarlison, who also suffered from a difficult relationship with Benitez, scored a consolation goal with a bicycle kick after being called up from the bench at Carrow Road.
Along with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, he’s one of the few Everton players to come close to the top six. How long will they want to stick together?
So Benitez’s replacement doesn’t face an enviable task, especially with Moshiri’s commitment said to be wavering.
The club are currently carrying out a ‘strategic football assessment’ – a start that says there is little evidence of strategy, decent football or the ability to revisit past mistakes since since Moshiri arrived.
That review must now include the appointment of a new manager.
Wayne Rooney is a much more intelligent and kind player than he is often praised. However, he remains an inexperienced boss with a colorful personal life.
So, after picking the least crowd-pleasing candidate imaginable in Benitez, Everton now have a dorkback and go for romance. Wayne Rooney option?
Rooney’s final reunion, before the end of his playing days, was brief and unsuccessful – he arrived and claimed he was wearing Everton pajamas but heading to the Major League. Soccer then less than 365 sleeps.
England’s all-time record goalscorer will clearly leapfrog Goodison’s job – especially if there’s one big English club with a worse record than Everton, it’s Derby County.
Rooney did well in tough adversity at Pride Park.
He was a much wiser and kinder man than he was usually praised for. However, he remains an inexperienced boss with a colorful personal life.
So does Everton want to go down the emotional path, which has not worked in the long run with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United or Frank Lampard at Chelsea?
Rooney will, at least, put a few smiles back on the faces of the Evertonians, who have spent the past few months abusing Benitez as a ‘fat Spanish waiter’ and demanding he ‘be fired. in the morning’.
And as a lifelong Evertonian, Rooney certainly ‘gets’ the club.
That means he ‘understands’ that for the past six years, Everton have been an inescapably chaotic team.
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