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Newcastle may want him, but Benitez isn’t keen to move

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Sitting in the second to last position with four points out of a possible 27 isn’t what Newcastle had signed up for when the EPL commenced for the 2021/2022 season. The Magpies new owners had to send former coach, Steve Bruce packing after another draw over the weekend, leaving temporary coaching to Graeme Jones.

As the search for a new coach continues, a number of candidates are being eyed, among them former Newcastle coach, Rafael Benitez, whose position at Everton is now shaky.

The 61-year old Spaniard was rumored to return to Newcastle under new ownership, and despite him denying it, he’s being linked to a St. James Park move again after Watford humbled his side 2-5 at home the past weekend.

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Benitez is set on proving himself at Everton despite the Toffees’ recent bad run, and has once again, this time through an intermediary, dismissed rumors of him leaving Goodison Park.

The Magpies owners have spoken with some potential candidates, but a final decision hasn’t been made yet, and others, including Benitez could still be interviewed, especially if the latter’s poor start at Everton sees him dismissed.

If Rafa convinces the Blues to hold on to him though, Newcastle still have a number of choices, like former Dortmund manager, Favre, who has admitted he would like to work there. Since nothing is set in writing yet, Graeme Jones will keep standing in until someone is decided on.

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco
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According to the Daily Star, senior Everton officials are furious with Farhad Moshiri over his weekend meetings with Vitor Pereira.

Moshiri met with the contender for talks in Monaco, according to the newspaper’s print copy (25/01).

Given how disastrous the move to appoint Rafa Benitez was, board members at Goodison Park are thought to have strong opposition.

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“Board and on the senior executive, especially given the disastrous appointment of Rafa Benitez,” the piece concluded.

Moshiri appeared to be going in headfirst and making the decision without engaging anyone.

This just goes to show that, while he may be a terrific businessman, his football brain is still lagging behind and causing serious problems at Goodison Park.

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The owner is in desperate need of advice because some of his recent actions have been comical.

The fans are grateful to those senior board members who opted to stand up and be counted on this occasion, preventing a catastrophe.

Pereira may have won awards during his career, but he did so in nations like China, Greece, and Portugal, where it is expected.

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Hopefully, Moshiri will listen to his board members more often, and they will assist him in making the best decision possible to move the Toffees ahead rather than backward.

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Ferguson drops Benitez favourite, Gordon starts

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Ferguson drops Benitez favourite, Gordon starts

After the firing of Rafa Benitez last week, Everton are about to enter yet another new chapter.

The Spaniard has left, and Duncan Ferguson, an Everton icon, has taken his position, at least temporarily.

The Scot is back in control of the Toffees as an interim manager, and he’ll be looking for a repeat of his success from last season.

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Ferguson was put in charge on an interim basis when Marco Silva was fired, and it’s fair to say he performed an excellent job, famously defeating Chelsea in a 3-1 victory at Goodison Park.

Ferguson is expected to remain with the 4-4-2 formation, but he may make a few adjustments.

The back four is the same as the one that lost to Norwich. There are some who argue that Seamus Coleman should be replaced given his recent poor performances, but he is the club captain, and Ferguson will almost certainly want him to be his on-field captain.

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The midfield is also unchanged, but don’t be surprised if Andros Townsend is called upon at some time.

After working with Salomon Rondon at both Newcastle and Dalian Yifang, Rafa Benitez was instrumental in getting him to the club, but we expect him to be benched in favor of Richarlison here.

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Everton turn noses up at manager after talks held this week-report

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco

Even in the muddy waters and urgent need for Rafa Benitez’s replacement, Everton seem keen on certain qualifications and won’t settle for less.

According to The Telegraph, Everton’s final list of three for the new manager included former Juventus centre-back Fabio Cannavaro, but the Liverpool Echo differs, clarifying that the Italian is currently not a prospect.

The report suggests that the 48-year old is “not good enough” to succeed Rafa Benitez, revealing that the Toffees are instead still hanging on to the likes of Rooney and Lampard, among other big names.

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Cannavaro, who coached Guangzhou and other Asian clubs, has no Premier League experience and could have perhaps raised eyebrows if he was chosen over the other names. The current interim manager, Ferguson, reportedly wants a longer contract and could take over as the new boss.

The fact that Fabio was wanted by Poland (though he declined the offer) as their national team coach, speaks volumes about his capability. However, Everton seem convinced that others, especially Rooney, will do a greater job at Goodison Park, as the Toffees have distanced themselves from any more talks with the Italian, according to reports.

The Liverpool-based side is still in talks with various interests, though, and before everything is on paper, anyone with the needed expertise and profile is still very much in the race.

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