‘He’s got to create a miracle’ – Everton legend questions imminent Benitez appointment

Everton legend Neville Southall has questioned the seemingly imminent appointment of Rafael Benitez by his old club, saying the Spaniard will need to quickly ‘create a miracle’ to get fans on side.

After several weeks of searching, and a number of high-profile names having been linked with replacing Carlo Ancelotti, Everton are reportedly edging closer to selecting former Liverpool boss, Rafa Benitez, as the man to take the club forward.


Rumours of Benitez becoming the Toffees latest manager have sparked outrage on the blue half of Merseyside, with the 61-year-old’s association with the club’s cross-city rivals prompting protests outside Goodison Park.

It had been suggested that those protests had seen Everton rethink the appointment, but it is now being reported by a number of outlets that the former Newcastle manager will be announced as the new Toffees boss next week.

However, Blues legend Neville Southall has suggested that Benitez is on a hiding to nothing by taking the job, saying he has to produce something akin to a ‘miracle’ if he is to stand any kind of chance of being a success at the club.

“What is he hoping to achieve by going to Everton?” Southall said on talkSPORT. “To be fair, I think he’s got balls of steel, because if he goes in there and doesn’t do well after six games, there’s going to be absolute mayhem.

“My fear for Rafa is, are people going to give him the time to turn it around?

“Him coming with his baggage from Liverpool I don’t think he’s going to get the time with fans.

“He’s got to create a miracle in six or seven weeks, and how is he going to do that?”

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