Everton Confirm Rafa Benitez As New Manager

Everton have confirmed Rafa Benitez as their new manager and replaces Carlo Ancelotti.

The Spanish coach signed a three-year contract.

Benitez will take charge of his fourth English top-flight team after five months of leaving Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional because of family reasons during the pandemic.

The former Liverpool manager has been keen to return to the English top-flight ever since his time with Newcastle came to an end and moved into the Everton frame after the club missed out on former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Everton were rocked when Ancelotti announced he was leaving the club to return to Real Madrid earlier this month.

Blues chiefs immediately drew up a list of possible replacements and narrowed down the search to Nuno and Benitez before closing a deal with the Spaniard.

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It will go down as a slightly controversial appointment given Benitez's close ties with Liverpool, which he managed from 2004-10 and led to the Champions League title in 2005.

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