Rafa Benitez Unlikely To Be Interested In Vacant Everton Job

As we reported earlier this morning, Ronald Koeman has been fired as manager of Everton FC after the Gunners hammered them 5-2 yesterday afternoon at Goodison Park.

That left Everton in 3rd bottom place after collecting only 8 points from their 9 games so far this season.

In their last 3 league games they have picked up just one point at Brighton, and after spending a massive £150M last summer, Ronald has finally paid the price for not getting the results – in a results-oriented business.

He was sacked following yesterday’s rather dismal performance, and with 49.9% part owner Farhad Moshiri sitting alongside long-term Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright at the game, it was half expected he would be fired today.

Ronald Koeman – fired today

Rafa Benitez’ name will come up for the post if only because he still lives in Liverpool, but we’d be surprised if he is interested in the Everton job after managing Liverpool so successfully for six years.

And with things poised at Newcastle for Mike Ashley to finally sell the club, Rafa will not want to leave a club he could be given almost full control to run in the future.

SkyBet has the following candidates listed for the job vacancy.

Sean Dyche – 6/4
Sam Allardyce – 3/1
David Unsworth – 7/1
David Moyes – 9-1
Carlo Ancelotti – 10/1

Rafa is listed in 11th place at 20/1 for the position – at the time of writing.

Comments welcome.

109 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #2

    been a long time since st james’ was a fortress. Keegan used to have it almost unbeatable here, bodes well because the way we set up, I think we’ll notch up a few points against more progressive teams on the road too.
    Unbelievable that really rafa has got us to 7th largely playing 9 players that started in the championship with the 2 additions being Manquillo and Joselu (tho lejeune seems to have stepped in too lately) but if you told anyone in august all we’d add to the line up was Joselu (and hed be ahead of gayle/mitro) and Manquillo and we’d have been having panic attacks. Even more amazing to think if Dummett was fit that would be even less new signings in the starting 11

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Slaven Bilic
    Ha ha ha

  • jayphoto

    Oct 23, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Think Koeman has been hard done by to be honest..hes a very good manager. Their fixtures have been horrendous! They sold their best player in Lukaku and didn’t replace him with an out n out striker, they also lost influential Gareth Barry.
    No idea who signed the players there but I can’t possibly believe Koeman wanted Rooney in, and the decision to pay 40m for Sigurdsson after already buying Klassen for 28m seemed questionable. Throw Ross Barkley into there and the transfer decisions are just bizarre. They have about 4 number 10’s and no number 9’s in their squad (sandro is a winger) and signing Onyekuru for a bunch of money and then loaning him out was madness… hes banging in the goals at Anderlecht and is good enough to add to a squad of no strikers. W
    hoever in charge of getting players out has failed miserably.. they have a MASSIVE squad, and more than a few players are unhappy and Koeman wanted rid which wont have helped the dressing room…

  • martoon

    Oct 23, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5

    jayphoto @1 – I think you have to add Merino to that list because he has started or come on as sub in nearly every game. However your point is still valid – I shudder to think what position in the league we’d be with any of our previous recent managers with the same squad!

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 23, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Anyone else find it a bit odd that Ashley needs the next owner to show an ability to continue to invest etc, when he has been so thrifty?

  • jayphoto

    Oct 23, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #7

    @martoon – nah ruins my point if I add Merino and LeJeune 😉
    Gotta say Merino is just an unbelievable piece of business..no idea how it happened..he wasn’t even unknown, it was pretty widely publicised when we got him because hes basque eligible and Bilbao rolled out all the stops… Was big news that he chose Newcastle everywhere but England where the pundits had never heard of him.
    In Pamplona one of the news papers had it on their back page and ran an article about how Merino would end up being a worldclass player chained by a long contract at Newcastle who would never let him go once they had him such is his potential…

  • Christopher Asprilla

    Oct 23, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Sean Dyche is being bandied around the papers. Could really through the cat amongst the pigeons especially as we play them next. If Billic goes before January then the two big fears of Benitez pinchers would be over. I really don’t think there’s a chance Rafa would walk at least till the end of the season. The big worry then becomes the top six which believe me will come into contention if he keeps pulling rabbits out of hats unless we’re takeover rich and Benitez has signed a 10 year contract which is still just going to be a surreal dream till I see the new owner outside of St James. Cash rich and I don’t even think Rafa would leave for his beloved Liverpool. He would have he’s own Champions league to win with Newcastle. HWTL!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 23, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think he’ll give a ferk who buys us as long him the money.

  • dannitoon

    Oct 23, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa respects the pool fans far too much to ever manage everton.. he has as much said it himself… reading these bligs is getting like reading the southern press

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Thought I’d wait until the bus stops before re-posting, so hopefully!!

    I believe that Everton might be looking to get Moyes back in, probably a good move for them and him.

    There’s no doubt that Wor Alan wears his B&W heart on his sleeve and is hurting as much as any Toon fan for the past many years of underachievement, I do get the jitters though when anyone mentions the possibility of Rafa abandoning us.

    Incidentally that great goal scored by Mikel was in fact another Joselu type effort as it rebounded from his head from an attempted clearance. Credit to him for being in the right place and the fact that it was great cos it gave us three points but lets not keep saying Joselu was lucky as he too was in the right place at the right time.


    Essex Geordie Bill
    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:27 PM
    Comment #9
    Any body making a wish list for the £500m warchest.

    I’d start with Forsberg, Muller and Lewandoski.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Monday seems to be a long way away, almost like the international breaks. 🙂

  • martoon

    Oct 23, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #13

    I can’t see Rafa going to Everton, as an ex Liverpool manager the Everton fans hate him so it would be like another Chelsea. I’m sure he will see out this season and see where we are with new owner, squad etc.

  • hibbit

    Oct 23, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #14

    i’m sure Rafa is playing a big part in this takeover and knows a lot more than he’s letting on !!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Perhaps he’s putting a few bob in himself. 🙂

  • Canadian Mag

    Oct 23, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Interesting piece on the mag that states in 100 premier league games since cabaye was sold in 2014, Newcastle have had 0 red card decisions in favour of us and 15 against us. That is an outrageous bias

  • davis_toons

    Oct 23, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Appreciative of Mike Ashley for employing Rafa Benitez to manage the team.


    Oct 23, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #18

    jayphoto at 4 onyekuru did not qualify for a work permit 1 on caps 2 on wages or transfer fee.they did not have any option.

  • Bambams

    Oct 23, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #19

    And Mike Dean has been announced as the Referee for the game against Burnley……

    101 games without an opposition player sent off me thinks…..

    I do not like Dean, he always has to be the main man during a match. His facial expressions just get on my nerves. Just watch him and see for yourself.

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 23, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Regarding fan ‘participation..’
    With respect I think you may have misinterpreted slightly. Nobody recently, to my knowledge, has said anything, except in obvious jest, remotely related to the ‘better fans’ debate you mention.

    For the record, people aren’t really suggesting that snipers pick off non singers / non dancers, or the secret police eject them from the ground. It’s just a joke.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 23, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Sing careful the joke police are hovering…

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 23, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Woah – what’s going on – people making jokes on the blog – well who would have believed it.
    I’ve just been practising a rendition of Cushy Butterfield using Staveley in place of Butterfield (nice one Lochinvar) accompanied by an Irish jig incorporating the King Percy goal dance.

    Those non singers need to be gee’d along with a pointed stick.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 23, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #23

    today is monday!!!

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 23, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #24

    woah – joke police patrolling in hovercraft – heavens above what next.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 23, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Shearer says ““Right now, Newcastle is at one of those moments in its history where things can go one of two ways.””

    How about the third option of staying in seventh and investing the earnings from this season. Slow and boring maybe but at least the money gets spent wisely and not on three #10s (making the side unbalanced, going in to a relegation place and the manager getting the sack).

  • Offkey

    Oct 23, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Munster – I don’t think Ashley cares about the ambitions of next owner, but if someone says 250 million for club and 100 million in transfers, fat man will think he can squeeze a deal for 340 million for the club.

  • Offkey

    Oct 23, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Same as the instalment thing, gives things to negotiate around

  • lochinvar

    Oct 23, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Dermot Gallagher on Ref Watch

    Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

    INCIDENT: Yohan Cabaye lunges into the back of DeAndre Yedlin with a late, forceful challenge. After a lengthy stoppage, referee Stuart Atwell issues a yellow card despite initially appearing to reach for his red card.

    Should Yohan Cabaye have seen red?
    DERMOT’S VERDICT: Incorrect call.

    DERMOT SAYS: “My first reaction was that this warranted a red card. Ironically, I thought the referee’s reaction was the same, seeing as he’s run over so fast, put his hand to his top pocket and given the impression he’s going to brandish a red. However, after the tackle there was a long delay, and I wonder if the referee ran the incident through his mind, noted that Cabaye didn’t go whizzing through the air or go in two-footed so gave him the benefit of the doubt. My gut reaction was that it was a red card and Cabaye was very lucky to stay on the field.”

    The FA need to start upgrading to or downgrading from Red Card decisions. They can rescind cards so why not deal with this incident the other way. Or are they just useless.

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Personally I like to see refs taking time
    and not rashly rushing to judgement.

    I think we are all becoming a bit brainwashed
    by the media.

    An attacking midfielder had a frustrated petulant
    lunge at a defender bringing a ball out of defence.

    A yellow for Cabaye and a stern talking to
    plus a free kick was about right

  • Tsunki

    Oct 23, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s long passed on from the curious stage the amount of blatant challenges that have been waved away or simply ignored. There really does need to be some impartial look into why Lejeune was allowed to get his legs tangled with England’s Own Harry Kane, Mbembas shocking head butt on Kachungas foot and now the shame of beloved former player Yohan Cabaye being needlessly stopped in mid-sized by Yedlins careless use of his fallen body. It all smacks of the time when that hooligan Haidara deliberately kept his leg still right where macnacmacanacaman wanted to land.

  • AncientC

    Oct 23, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Moyes and Coleman linked with the Everton job. I bet those names are going down well with the Everton fans. Moyes did okay for Everton when they were a club just trying to scrape by; their ambitions have moved on somewhat since those days. How on earth can Ancelotti be such low odds for the job—he is a £10 million+ a season manager. Everton are richer these days, but maybe not that rich.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Tsunki – so well put

  • lochinvar

    Oct 23, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Darlow, Elliot and Woodman please note :


  • AncientC

    Oct 23, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Laurent Blanc 33/1 for the Everton job. Blanc would be an interesting prospect for them. Villas-Boas would be perfect for the Everton job, but they have little chance of landing him.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 23, 2017 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #36


    Nice one!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 23, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Any body got a decent link on how to get stuff on kodi on an android phone

  • beermonkey

    Oct 23, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #38


    is it not the same as a pc

    seo michael kodi google him his stuff has always been helpful there might be something there

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Ryan Giggs has thrown his hat into the ring for the Everton job

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2017 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #40

    As someone else said and I’ve repeated a million times with no exaggeration, there is a special rule in the refs handbook the says that under no circumstances shall a penalty ever be awarded to the NUFC.

    I even emailed them several weeks ago asking them to confirm if this is correct but to date I’ve had no reply.


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