Everton legend Neville Southall believes that Everton supporters need to give Rafa Benitez a chance. Benitez has signed a three-year deal with the club. His appointment has been controversial with a number of fans protesting around the city. Benitez was the manager of fierce city rivals Liverpool for six years. The Merseyside police are investigating a threatening banner allegedly hung up outside the manager’s family home in Liverpool.

“Rationally, in the cold light of day, from inside the boardroom, it’s a good appointment,” Everton legend Neville Southall said. “If you’re an Evertonian, he comes with a lot of baggage, and there will be a lot of fans that will be against it. But he is here now and I think the only thing you can do is get there and support him.”

“I don’t think our owner is going to bring him in if he thinks he’s going to fail. He thinks he’s going to succeed, so he’s got to back his judgment, and we’ve got to trust in him,” he added. “It’s no good putting banners up and moaning at him [Benitez] – because he didn’t pick himself for the job. He put in for it and he’s got it – and he has made a shrewd investment in Duncan Ferguson [who will remain part of the backroom team] as well I think. I don’t care if he has got three heads – as long as he comes to Everton and wins us something. I think it’s not helpful if people protest.”

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