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Thomas Frank has been speaking to Sky Sports about Rafa Benitez, ahead of Brentford’s trip to Everton in the Premier League this Sunday.

What’s the story?

Well, Frank was full of praise for Benitez at Jersey Road, as the Bees prepare to face the Toffees this weekend.

As quoted by Football Daily, the 48-year-old said: “I think Rafa is one of the greatest managers we have seen in the world. His CV speaks for itself, I think it’s incredible what he’s achieved. I admire him a lot.”

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Clearly, the Dane has a lot of respect for the Spaniard, and why wouldn’t he?

Despite Everton’s struggles right now, Benitez is among the best coaches to still be managing in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

The 61-year-old was named La Liga Best Coach in 2002 after beating Barcelona and Real Madrid to the title with Valencia.

Benitez and Valencia then won La Liga again in 2004, before he helped Liverpool win the Champions League and FA Cup.

He is also a two-time UEFA Manager of the Year – you can see why Frank admires the £150,000-a-week Everton man.

Everton should look to raid Brentford

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Let’s not beat around the bush. Nobody at Everton expected Carlo Ancelotti to leave, and Benitez’s arrival wasn’t exactly planned for.

The Spaniard holds the reins now, but Everton should definitely be thinking about his successor – a long-term option is needed.

For too long now, the Toffees have chopped and changed, which has led to Benitez guiding a squad which contains signings from various managers.

There is no strategy, and it’s a real mess.

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In our view, even if the Bees avoid the drop, Everton should attempt to raid Brentford for Frank, who is a seriously promising coach.

He led Brentford to the Premier League while playing some lovely football, and has made them a competitive outfit in England’s top-flight.

Frank has a clear identity to his playing style, and signs players who fit that.

In our view, he would be a fantastic appointment for Everton, if they can get their hands on him at some point.

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