It would not be an overly popular appointment at Goodison Park if former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez got the job, and another reason why they wouldn’t be happy is that he plays boring football, which is according to Barry Fry.
Benitez was a huge fan favourite during his time at both Liverpool and Newcastle United and with the Spaniard now ready for a return to the Premier League, he has been linked with replacing Carlo Ancelotti at Everton.
Should Everton appoint Benitez?
The Toffees must take their time over this next appointment, as appointing a big-name manager has not done them any favours in the past, with the likes of Marco Silva, Ronald Koeman and Ancelotti all falling to push the club on.
Despite being a household name in the game, Benitez was often branded as a defensive and boring manager during his time on Tyneside, something that will not appease the Everton fans, according to Fry, who exclusively told This is Futbol:
“The Newcastle fans loved him, but to be honest, he played boring football there although he got results and the fans didn’t like what they were seeing and it was only the fact that he could get results because it wasn’t entertaining football.”
The Toffees are set to move into a new stadium in the coming years so the owners will want both a successful team on the pitch and a big name in the dugout who can attract players, much like Ancelotti did with James Rodriguez, although he could only manage just six goals and five assists in his first season.
Benitez is certainly still a huge name in the game and his pragmatism and ability to get the best out of every member of his squad could prove important for Everton, who have a lot of fringe players that don’t currently appear to be good enough.