Everton pundit Owen Parkes has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of Rafa Benitez potentially replacing Carlo Ancelotti as the Merseyside club’s manager.
This comes after Parkes made an appearance on a recent video from Everton-themed YouTube channel The Toffee Blues where he spoke about the current list of potential candidates to take the reins at Goodison Park in the wake of Ancelotti’s recent departure to Real Madrid.
On the subject of Benitez, who has been mentioned with the position at Everton, Parkes had this to say about the possibility of the former Liverpool and Newcastle United manager becoming the new boss at Goodison Park. (3.04)
He said: “Rafa Benitez – his name gets bandied about and I like the fit but the problem being is with Rafa is that he’ll be two games away from the sack from day one. He loses at home to Wolves and his job is on thin ice.
“I like Rafa, but I wouldn’t have him. If he wasn’t the ex-Liverpool manager then maybe I would consider it because I do think there are some benefits to that, but he’d be two games away from the sack.”
Benitez is currently without a club after leaving Chinese club Dalian Professional back in January.
TIF Thoughts on Owen Parkes’ comments on Benitez potentially replacing Ancelotti…
Throughout his managerial career, the 61-year-old has taken charge of 340 matches in the Premier League with Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle, winning 168, drawing 82 and losing 90 along the way (per Transfermarkt).
Would you take Rafa Benitez at Everton?
Despite his vast experience of managing in England, the fact that Benitez spent a substantial amount of time in charge of Liverpool suggests to us that a potential move to Goodison Park wouldn’t be likely to happen, despite Jamie Carragher’s recent claim that Everton should look to appoint the Spaniard.
Given how it has recently been reported that former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and current West Ham United manager David Moyes have emerged as two of the leading candidates to take over at Everton, this says to us that Benitez is not a potential figure to replace Ancelotti at the moment.