Rafael Benitez has been confirmed as the manager of Everton.
The former Liverpool boss has been linked with the job for weeks now, and there have been massive protests from Everton fans since the links with Benitez surfaced.
They were not keen on the appointment because of his close ties with their arch-rivals.
We can confirm Rafael Benitez has been appointed as our new manager.
— Everton (@Everton) June 30, 2021
The Spaniard labelled Everton a ‘small club’ during his time at Anfield, and the Toffees fans have clearly not forgotten.
Benitez has a massive challenge ahead of him. He will have to replace a world-class manager in Carlo Ancelotti and win over a fanbase that clearly dislikes him.
There is no doubt that the 61-year-old is a quality manager who has proven his pedigree across multiple leagues throughout his career.
He will be expected to turn Everton into a competitive side next season. The Toffees should be challenging for European qualification, and that will be the minimum aim for Benitez.
Some Everton fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the appointment – here is what they had to say on Twitter.
Classic @Everton. Always seem to find new ways to disappoint and betray their fans.
— Steven Richtmyer (@richtmyerse) June 30, 2021
The lowest of the low
— John Quirk (@johnquirky) June 30, 2021
Sounds like a death announcement. Cheers me.
— Cole (@NSNOcole) June 30, 2021
Not my club any more. Unfollowed
— John Hickey-Fry (@John_HF) June 30, 2021
— Alex Daley (@AlexDaleyEFC) June 30, 2021
The most everton thing that ever. Absolute embarasment
— Ben Squires (@bensquires2) June 30, 2021