Well-known sports presenter Richard Keys has claimed on his website that Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is not qualified enough to become the new Everton manager.
Everton are on the lookout for a new manager following the departure of Roberto Martinez last week.
Benitez is in charge of Newcastle at the moment, but it remains to be seen if the former Chelsea and Liverpool boss will remain the Magpies’ manager in the Championship.
Keys believes that Everton should not make an approach for Benitez, explaining why the Spaniard is not qualified enough to become the Merseyside outfit’s manager.
“I know Rafa's people are working like mad to land it - but come on,” the former Sky Sports presenter wrote on his website. “Rafa - at Goodison? No. Anyway - I couldn't ever see him working for a 'small' club. Evertonians wouldn't have it. Nor should they. Other than living on The Wirral, what qualifies Benitez for the job?"
“Look deeper - what has Benitez actually won since he left Liverpool?" added Keys. I'll tell you - 1 Italian Cup. 1 Italian Super Cup - their Community Shield - so that doesn't count. Yep - the Europa league at Napoli and Chelsea. He won the Super Cup with Mourinho's team at Inter - and then promptly got sacked.
“He also got sacked from the other big job he landed - at Real. He manages for himself and his cv. If I'm an Evertonian I don't want him anywhere near my club - the 'People's Club'. A family club. No thanks.”
Benitez is a very good manager, although Keys does make some valid points about the Spaniard not achieving success since leaving Liverpool.
Everton are a massive club with a lot of history, and it is hard to see the Toffees make an approach for Benitez.
The Toffees and Liverpool are fierce Merseyside rivals, and many Everton fans will not be happy if the Spaniard gets the job.
Moreover, Benitez could decide to stay at Newcastle and guide them back to the Premier League.