Rafa Benitez has a number of qualities which could make him a very good replacement for David Moyes.
Benitez has confirmed his desire to remain in England and if the club can forgive his Liverpool association, his desire to stay in Merseyside could make his appointment a formality at the end of the season.
As a tactician Benitez is as active and efficient as any other manager in the Premier League. He finds a system he thinks will beat the opposition and he sticks with it, not being afraid to think outside the box in order to get three points.
That is significant because Everton have always needed to be a lot cleverer as the club simply doesn’t have the funds to go out and buy big players to fall back on.
He’s a master of rotation. Chelsea are on the verge of completing a 69 game season and although he’s not been in charge for the entire campaign, he’s used his players superbly.
Again it’s the money factor. Everton don’t have the cash to build a massive squad which means there is greater emphasis on rotating the players the club does own in order to keep them all as fresh as possible.
In that respect there is no one better and his guaranteed rotation policy means Everton fans will get to see more of the most promising youngsters at the club on a regular basis.
Benitez has always been very stubborn and hard nosed in the face of his rivals and this is one of the most important factors in him becoming a possible Everton boss.
All of the early rumours and indications are suggesting that Moyes will try and take Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United with him and possibly left back Leighton Baines.
Any Everton fan could bet their mortgage on the fact that Benitez would make it as difficult as possible for United to complete those deals, which would give Everton a much better chance of retaining their best players.
Many people have also tipped Benitez for the current youth system at Everton’s local rivals Liverpool, which is producing consistent talent into the first team at Anfield.
He could put into effect something very similar with Everton, which would take a lot of emphasis away from needing lots of cash to buy first team replacement and new players.
It would provide Everton with an even more sustainable youth system than the one they currently enjoy, which would also maintain and enhance the local identity of the football club.
It would be one of the most controversial appointments the Premier League has ever seen but the benefits are certainly clear for all to see.
Everton fans, would you be happy to see Benitez at your club?
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