Post by Everton News. on Jun 30, 2021 14:32:15 GMT
Everton Football Club can confirm the appointment of Rafael Benitez as the Club’s new manager.
The Spaniard joins the Club on a three-year deal and will commence work with the squad when they return to USM Finch Farm for pre-season training from 5 July.
The appointment of Benitez comes after a robust and wide-reaching recruitment process by the Club over the past three weeks – a process which has included multiple interviews with several candidates.
Benitez has a hugely impressive track record with the clubs he has managed throughout his career, securing seven major honours including La Liga titles, the Coppa Italia, the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League during managerial spells in Spain, England and Italy.
The Club’s Majority Shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, said: “Rafa impressed us greatly with his knowledge and experience but, above all, the passion and hunger he showed to join our Club.
“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. Rafa is a proven winner with huge experience in coaching internationally and we have secured the best man to achieve that for us.”
Rafael Benitez said: “I am delighted to be joining Everton. 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.”
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “Rafa Benitez is joining Everton Football Club at an exciting time. On behalf of the Board of Directors I wish him well in achieving success for our football club - success our supporters long for and deserve.”
Everton will confirm the staff who will join Duncan Ferguson and Alan Kelly as part of Benitez’s backroom team in the coming days.
Post by Everton News. on Jun 30, 2021 14:44:37 GMT
Rafa Benitez message to Everton fans
It is a privilege to have been given the opportunity to manage Everton.
Having called Merseyside my home for the last 17 years, I have a very clear understanding of what makes this club so special.
This club is always striving to be the best. Simply competing in the top league is not enough.
That ambition and determination to succeed is something I share. I never want to just compete - at every club I have managed I have fought to win. My focus is always on one thing - fighting for the team I am managing. And I will do that for Everton.
The hard work starts now. It is a challenge I am relishing.
Post by Everton News. on Jun 30, 2021 14:50:46 GMT
NEW MANAGER'S DESIRE TO SUCCEED
Rafael Benitez has set out his determination to bring a winning mentality and deliver success for Everton – and says the Blues’ ambition to compete with the top teams in the country was key in his desire to join the Club.
Benitez, who has won major trophies in Spain, England and Italy during a distinguished career, also promised he will “fight for Everton” after signing a three-year contract as the Club’s new manager.
The Spaniard added he is convinced he has joined a Club where foundations are in place for an exciting future, highlighting the Blues’ plans to move to a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and the Board’s unstinting hunger to drive Everton forward.
Speaking to evertontv in his first interview as Everton boss, Benitez said: “You can see the ambition is there. This club is growing.
“For me, it is about bringing the winning mentality, being competitive, so everything is in place on the pitch and off the pitch.
“I love the passion of the people behind the Club. I know the city, I know Scousers, I know what it means for every fan here to compete and to have the chance to win. To come to Everton is something that means a lot, for sure.
“You can see the ambition of the owner, of the Board, everybody wants to be better and to go to the new stadium with a massive boost.
“I like to compete. I like to win. I came from the academy at Real Madrid [as a young player and coach], and the winning mentality is already there.
“We [myself and my coaching staff] have won 13 titles because we have this mentality and I still want to win.
“And I have come to Everton because I liked the idea to be competitive again – and to have the chance to compete in every game, to compete against anyone.”
A renowned tactician and motivator, Benitez has described his hunger to shape an Everton side which makes supporters proud – and underlined the importance of the fans’ backing in making Goodison Park a fortress again.
“All my life has been working hard, trying to be successful, and I was lucky enough to be successful in different countries,” he added.
“I will try to do that with my experience, and the knowledge of the city, the fans and the Premier League.
“If you have very good players, it is about managing them. If you have to improve your players, you have to do that and at the same time bring some additions that will give the team more quality - but also the right mentality.
“You want players with the right character, so you can be sure everybody has the same idea to go onto the pitch to give everything. That is what the fans are expecting. We need the fans behind the team and I think they will be.”
Benitez’s managerial career includes a six-year spell at Everton’s city rivals, Liverpool FC.
Addressing comments about Everton made in 2007 when in charge of the Anfield club, Benitez explained: “I have been in Madrid, Naples, Valencia, Tenerife, Extremadura and Liverpool.
“Every single club I was there, I was fighting for them. If you analyse things in the context, what you are expecting from your manager is to fight for your club, and I will do that.
“I am here, I will fight for my club, I will try to win every single game, and it doesn’t matter who the opponents are, or the rivals. It is something you have to do, it is your nature, that you have to try to do your best.
“And why a lot of fans in a lot of these cities love me is because I was giving everything for them. If you analyse this in the context, then it is very clear I will do the same for Everton.”
Benitez confirmed Duncan Ferguson will be an important part of his backroom team.
He outlined how the legend’s deep connection with the Club – as well as his vast knowledge of the players and staff – will make him an invaluable asset.
“I think Duncan will be fundamental for us,” Benitez said. “He knows the Club, the knows the fans, he knows the mentality.
“He can work with us [the coaching staff]. We can learn from him and he can learn from us, with the experience we have in different countries and leagues.”
Benitez also discussed the relationship he will have with Director of Football Marcel Brands. He says he is looking forward to working closely with the Dutchman and revealed discussions have already taken place regarding the Blues’ summer transfer plans.
“I worked in Spain for years with a Director of Football,” Benitez said.
“Marcel is a professional. I am a professional. We will work together, we will keep talking, having meetings to talk about the Club’s idea, what we have to do in the future, about players.
“The communication between us has to be fluent and we will be talking with each other all the time. I am really pleased with that [the structure].
“I have already been in contact with him. I have the plan [for Everton’s summer transfer business].”
Post by Everton News. on Jun 30, 2021 14:51:47 GMT
FARHAD MOSHIRI: WHY WE WANTED RAFA
Mr Moshiri, what were the main reasons behind the Club’s appointment of Rafael Benitez?
Over the past few weeks we have conducted a very thorough search for a new manager and, after speaking with several very strong contenders, he stood out as the best candidate.
We wanted a manager with experience of managing at the highest level, who has a strong track record of delivering success, who can work within our structure and who fully buys into our vision for the future. Rafa ticks all of those boxes and he impressed us in the interview process with his passion, his ambition and his vision.
I know he has had other offers from other clubs - but he was focused on proving to us he has the credentials and the qualities for the job here. That passion and determination for this role – and to be successful here - really shone through.
You’ve appointed a manager who has won major honours for clubs in three of the world’s biggest leagues. How important was it for you to bring in a proven winner?
We want to be playing in European competitions and challenging for silverware at home and abroad - so it was vitally important we have a manager who has been there and understands what it takes to achieve that level of success.
Rafa has managed clubs with big expectations and won some of the biggest trophies in the game. He’s a proven winner. We are confident that his winning mentality will bring success to us at Everton.
What qualities about our new manager convinced you he was the right candidate to take the Club forward?
He has one of the most impressive CVs in world football. He knows how to build winning football teams. Look at the job he did at Valencia, for example. At a time when Real Madrid and Barcelona were investing heavily in global superstars, against all odds he led Valencia to their first La Liga title in 31 years, and then added another La Liga title and a UEFA Cup for good measure. He has demonstrated at a number of clubs he can help them take the next step – and step up to the very highest level.
We spoke to many people in the game during our search and the feedback we had on Rafa was extremely positive. He’s considered to have one of the best tactical minds in the game and I think his experience and know-how will be vital in helping us to push up the table and into the European places. In our personal meetings with him, that vast knowledge and footballing intelligence was very evident – and very impressive.
Many names were linked to the job. Talk us through the process in bringing Rafael to Everton.
It was important for us to take our time and find the right person.
We identified the qualities we wanted, and then spoke with various candidates. It was a thorough and extensive process.
We were determined to do our due diligence, identify a shortlist of strong candidates who fit into our vision for the Club and, ultimately, appoint the right man - and I believe we have done this.
What do you want to see from our new manager’s Everton team?
A team that has a winning mentality and can compete towards the top of the Premier League. A team that fights for the shirt. And a team the fans can be proud of.
How important was it to retain Duncan Ferguson as part of the manager's staff?
Yes, that was really important - and Rafa was just as keen to see that happen. He made it clear to us he wanted Duncan to be a key part of his backroom team. He knows he has incredible passion for Everton and a wonderful connection with the fans. But, on top of that, the manager also knows the strengths Duncan can bring to his coaching team.
Have you a final message for Evertonians?
I know that the last few weeks have not been an easy time for our supporters so I’d like to thank them for their patience throughout this process. Hopefully now we can come together and be confident about our plans on and off the field. There are some exciting times ahead and I hope the supporters know that they have my full commitment in terms of delivering our ambitions.