Everton supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side lose again on the road in the Premier League courtesy of a 1-0 defeat to Watford on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash in Hertfordshire having won just one of their 13 away league games this season, in which time they had picked up a mere eight points. And the Toffees were unable to record a second success away from Goodison Park on Saturday as Troy Deeney’s effort 11 minutes from the end was enough to seal all three points for Javi Gracia’s side, thus moving the Hornets to within a point of ninth-placed Everton in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many frustrated and angry Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are beginning to lose patience with Allardyce and his negative style of football, with just two wins arising from their last eight league games.
And recent reports suggest that owner Farhad Moshiri is considering axing the 63-year-old this summer in a bid for a more long-term appointment, and the Everton hierarchy should look no further than current Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez as their next manager.
Ultimately, the 57-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best managers in world football, with the Spaniard boasting a CV to match with stints in charge of Real Madrid, Chelsea, Napoli, Inter Milan, and of course Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
And Benitez is continuing to prove his worth by keeping a Magpies team, many of whom played a part in winning the Championship last season, just about afloat in the Premier League, but it is the off-the-pitch uncertainty at St James’ Park which Everton have to exploit.
Benitez has made clear throughout the campaign that signings and additions were needed at the club in a bid to stave off relegation, yet all he got in the January window were three loan signings in the form of Kenedy, Martin Dubravka, and Islam Slimani. Good players they are, they are nothing more than short-term signings.
In fact, there were reports back in September that Benitez was considering resigning from his role as manager given his frustration with the club’s board, and given owner Mike Ashley remains in charge, it’s plausible that those fractions remain, and may well remain heading into the summer.
Thus, the 57-year-old could well be open to another managerial offer during the close season. And Everton, with clear financial power and the prospect of moving into a new stadium in the coming years, could be the ideal destination for Benitez.
He may see the potential and bright future the club has as a way of challenging the top six in the Premier League, and thus bringing European football, and possibly some silverware, back to the blue half of Merseyside.
Benitez would tighten up the Toffees backline to immediately make them more difficult to beat, as Newcastle are this season, while he would go in there and get rid of the deadwood and those not willing to put a shift in for the team.
His track-record speaks for himself, and while he is adored at Newcastle, the North East giants do not provide him with a genuine opportunity to challenge and gatecrash the top six – Everton do though.
And with the financial resources and bright future to come, the 57-year-old would the be the ideal long-term appointment were they to indeed sack Allardyce this summer.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!