Everton would not appoint an “elite manager” to Rafa Benitez if he moved for the former Liverpool boss, Simon Jordan has said.
Despite his ties to their Merseyside rivals, Benitez has become a serious option to take over the Toffees.
Benitez has been unemployed since leaving Chinese Super League team Dalian Pro in January and is on Everton’s radar[/caption]
Everton didn’t expect to be in the managerial market this summer, considering Carlo Ancelotti for the long haul until at least their new stadium is completed in 2024.
But Real Madrid came to call and the Italian returned to the Bernabeu to replace Zinedine Zidane.
Everton are looking for their replacement and are seriously considering Benitez, according to The Telegraph.
The Spaniard knows the Premier League well after leading neighbors Liverpool – leading them to Champions League glory during his six-year stint – as well as Chelsea and Newcastle.
Since returning from China, Benitez has been based in Liverpool awaiting his next opportunity – and it could be right on his doorstep.
Jamie Carragher urged Everton to hire Benitez and claimed he would ‘walk on hot coals’ to handle them.
But talkSPORT host and former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan isn’t a big fan of the way Benitez operates and told Everton he isn’t a world-class manager as many claim. .
“I can see Rafa Benitez showing up wherever an opportunity benefits Rafa Benitez,” Jordan told talkSPORT.
“It’s a great club, obviously there is some history in dealing with their big rival Everton at Liverpool.
“There are comments he made about Liverpool. After leaving for China for the integrity of one of the best leagues in the world and a big bag of money, I can absolutely understand that he is coming back and seeing an opportunity at Everton.
“He’s a good manager. He’s a very, very good manager, there’s no doubt about it. I don’t like the way he operates.
“At the end of the day he had some very interesting results during his time at Liverpool and did great things.
“But his career is now on a different trajectory. Elite does not historically mean elite, it means you were at the top of your game when you were employed.
Benitez won the Champions League with Everton rivals Liverpool[/caption]
“People will say, and Newcastle fans are going to feel their particular indignation towards me watching Saint Rafa, that he is indeed part of the elite, but that he did not come to Newcastle because he was. of the elite.
“He came to Newcastle because his options were for Newcastle United to be relegated this season, go to the league and get back on their feet.
“His options are to go somewhere for a lot of money rather than a meaningful football club.
“I don’t think they are getting an elite manager, but a competent operator.”
Jordan also believes that Benitez’s association with Liverpool will be used against him if things don’t go perfectly immediately.
“Obviously it depends on the tribalism the nature of the tribalism and the rivalry, it has not worked before,” he added.
“Ask Tottenham fans if they accepted George Graham when he came from Arsenal to Tottenham. What was it like?
“You look at this stuff and ask yourself ‘is that working out? “
“It will work well if Rafa Benitez if he comes in and succeeds instantly, the connection will be cut.
“If by some chance he doesn’t hit the ground and get what Everton fans think should be fine, the connection with Liverpool will be more prevalent.”
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