Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is set to be named Everton’s new manager, according to talkSPORT.
The Toffees had advanced talks with Nuno Espirito Santo last week, but were unable to strike a deal.
And Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri has now decided to bring Benitez back to Merseyside despite a potential backlash from supporters.
Benitez is revered by the red half of Merseyside who guided Liverpool to an incredible Champions League victory in 2005.
He also won the FA Cup with the Reds during his six-year stay at Anfield.
Everton didn’t expect to be in the managerial market this summer, considering Carlo Ancelotti to be there for the long haul until at least their new stadium is completed in 2024.
But then Ancelotti’s former side Real Madrid called and the Italian made an early return to the Bernabeu to replace Zinedine Zidane.
Benitez is the type of seasoned manager that Everton owner Farhad Moshiri was looking for.
In addition to Liverpool, Benitez has also managed Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid and Newcastle.
His last management position allowed him to take charge of the Chinese part of Dalian Professional for two years.
Speaking on Tuesday, former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan reiterated his opinion that Benitez was not the right fit for the vacant managerial post at Goodison Park.
“Rafa Benitez, while being a very competent manager, who sometimes operates at the highest level, is a manager much more a question of reputation than of actions,” he told White & Jordan.
“If you think back to when his success was really there, that was a long time ago.
“He’s a manager who went to China to earn money and is coming back now because this opportunity didn’t work.
“I’m not quite sure he’s the right fit for Everton because I think in the end maybe his time is over.”