Everton fans react on Twitter to Rafael Benitez rumours

Rafa Benitez

The former Liverpool boss has been linked with a switch to the Toffees.

According to The Mail, Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is in the frame to replace Roberto Martinez at Everton which, given his Liverpool history, would cause quite a stir on Merseyside.

Martinez's future hangs in the balance as the Toffees, with two league victories since February, have endured a miserable Premier League season.

With a squad that good, it has been suggested by the fans that they certainly should be a lot higher in the table than 11th and the Spanish coach, whose side also bowed out of the FA Cup following last week's semi-final defeat by Manchester United, may be on borrowed time.

Consequently, speculation is rife that the Merseyside club have drawn up a shortlist of potential successors at Goodison Park - and the ex-Liverpool boss is on it, say The Mail.

Many Evertonians certainly want a new man in charge, but would they take the former Reds coach?

Benitez's long-term future at Newcastle perhaps hinges on whether the Magpies survive relegation this season. With two games left, Newcastle are 17th in the table, one point above the drop zone but Sunderland and Norwich City, in 17th an 18th place, have a game in hand.

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