Cass has stated that Benitez’s negative comments about Everton whilst he worked at Liverpool did not anger him. Instead, he stated his absence from the top level of football management over recent years and his previously poor relationships with owners of various clubs are his main concern ahead of his rumoured appointment.
Speaking on the Toffee TV YouTube channel, Cass had this to say about Benitez’s potential arrival:
“A lot of stuff going around, a lot of Evertonians very, very unhappy with that.
“I don’t really know what Everton expected, if they expected people to welcome him with open arms, but a lot of people on social media especially, have made their feelings known about the possible appointment of Rafael Benitez as Everton manager.
“Even taking into account and discarding the comments he made about Everton when he was Liverpool manager – for me, the concern is more the way he plays and the fact that at a number of clubs he’s fallen out with certain people or he’s tried to turn the fans against owners and stuff like that.
“Also, he’s not really been at the top level for the last few years as well, so that is a concern.”
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Judging by the recent backlash by Everton fans over the previous 24 hours, as many fans left banners outside of Goodison Park in order to make their feelings about Benitez heard, it doesn’t look like the potential appointment would go down very well.
As Cass alludes to, Benitez had public clashes with Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, during his stay at St. James’ Park.
Benitez’s previous success across Stanley Park could hinder him from getting a fair crack in the Goodison Park hotseat, due to how much pressure he could be under before he even takes over his first game as Everton manager if he were to get the job.