Everton has appointed ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez as their new manager on a three-year deal. He will take over from Carlo Ancelotti resigned from his post last month to become the new Real Madrid manager. Everton FC has revealed that they conducted “a robust and wide-reaching recruitment process” over the last month. They also revealed that they conducted a number of interviews with a number of suitable candidates including current Belgian boss Roberto Martinez.

“I am delighted to be joining Everton,” Rafa Benitez said after he was named the new Everton boss. “Throughout this process, I have been greatly impressed by the ambition shown by the senior representatives at the club and their desire to bring success to this historic club. I believe this is a club that is going places. I’m determined to play a big part in helping this great club achieve its ambitions.”

Benitez left Liverpool a little more than a decade ago. Since then he has managed Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid, Newcastle, and Dalian Professional. Ever since the news emerged of Benitez taking over, there has been a mixed reaction from the fans. There was a threatening poster allegedly placed near his family home in Liverpool. Duncan Ferguson and goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly have been retained in the backroom while further additions will be made soon.

“Rafa impressed us greatly with his knowledge and experience but, above all, the passion and hunger he showed to join our club.” Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri said. “We are appointing Rafa because we believe he will bring success to our club and to Evertonians. To put it simply – we need to be competing at the top-end of the league and to be winning trophies.”

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