Post by Everton News. on Jul 14, 2021 12:29:04 GMT
Rafael Benitez announces additions to his technical staff
Rafael Benitez has announced additions to his technical staff, with Francisco de Miguel Moreno and Duncan Ferguson being appointed Assistant Managers.
Meanwhile, Antonio Gomez, a midfielder in Benitez’s Real Madrid youth teams, becomes the Club’s First Team Coach and Senior Analyst.
As confirmed on the day of Benitez’s appointment, Alan Kelly will remain First-Team Goalkeeping Coach.
Further announcements to Benitez’s staff will be announced on evertonfc.com in due course.
De Miguel Moreno, known as 'Paco', is established as one of football’s foremost fitness experts. He obtained a degree in physical education in his homeland and formerly worked at Madrid’s National Institute of Physical Education.
The 48-year-old started in football with Atletico Madrid, then had time at Getafe and Valencia.
De Miguel Moreno joined Benitez’s Liverpool staff from 2007/08 and was subsequently with the manager at Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Dalian Professional in China.
“Paco has been part of my success with different teams and is a key part of the staff,” Benitez told evertonfc.com.
“He is very knowledgeable and an exceptionally hard worker.
“Paco is informed on every aspect of modern training technology and how to apply this to maximise the output of every player and the team.
“He has been my assistant for 14 years and will be very important in what we want to achieve with Everton.”
Gomez originally linked up with Benitez at Liverpool in 2009/10, reuniting with his old Real Madrid youth team boss.
He managed with Valladolid for a period in 2010 before two years in charge of fellow Spaniards Albacete.
Benitez hired the 47-year-old when he became Napoli manager in 2013 and Gomez remained with his countryman at Real Madrid, Newcastle and Dalian.
“Antonio is a former player with a lot of experience on the pitch as a coach and manager and player,” said Benitez.
“He will analyse opposing teams and study our players and is another who knows exactly how I want to do things.
“He was my player when he was 16 and has coached with me for more than eight years.
“He shares my ideas and ambitions and desire for success with Everton and is always working really hard on and off the pitch.”
Ferguson, who scored 72 goals in 273 appearances across two playing spells with Everton, had a stint in caretaker charge in 2019.
He has already been a prominent training ground voice in the initial weeks of Benitez’s reign.
And the manager insisted retaining Ferguson on his staff was a priority after taking over at Goodison.
“Duncan is an Everton legend and has great experience,” said Benitez.
“He will be vital for us with his coaching expertise and understanding of the players.
“His spirit, personality and character are invaluable.
“He knows the Club and people and what the Evertonians expect from their players
“He will be an inspiration for us and crucial with his insight on the Club.”
Post by Everton News. on Jul 14, 2021 15:52:09 GMT
BENITEZ'S DEMAND FOR EVERTON TEAM
Rafael Benitez says he is determined to shape an Everton side that “fights for the shirt from the first minute to the last” and brings a winning mentality to every fixture the Blues contest.
Benitez was speaking at his first press conference as Everton manager on Wednesday. The Spaniard revealed his excitement about the “great challenge” ahead and declared his confidence that the Club boasts the foundations for success.
Benitez – who has won 13 major trophies as a manager – outlined the qualities he will demand his players show every time they step out on the pitch.
"We have to create a team that will be competitive, that fights for the shirt from the first minute until the last and doesn't give up,” he said.
"It doesn't matter the name of the other team. We will try to win.
"We will try to play good football and we know the fans want to see the team playing well – but winning. We will try to do that.
"I know about the Club, the tradition and its history, the ambition of the owners and the fanbase.
“I want to compete. It is a great opportunity and a challenge for me.
"I will fight for my team, like I did in every place I was working. I will do my best every single game.
“We want to be pushing and pushing, trying to get three points in every game and going as far as we can in the cup competitions.
“I know how the team finished last season. We will try to do better. But, as people say, it is not about talking the talk, it is about walking the walk. I prefer to do this.”
Benitez explained how the Club is working to bolster his squad during the transfer window.
He added he has been encouraged by the attitude and application of the players since they returned to USM Finch Farm for pre-season training last week.
Benitez says their hunger to improve and achieve success has particularly impressed in one-to-one conversations.
"My idea is to be sure the team has confidence and the players can stick together,” Benitez said.
“I am happy with the commitment of the lads. They are training well. I believe we can improve the players we have and, if we can add players that are good for us, that is the objective.
"We want to bring some players that can help us be even more competitive, to be sure we are better than in the last seasons.
“We have a good communication with all the people here. We, of course, have to manage the financial restrictions, but we can still be ambitious.
“The target is to improve.
"I have had some conversations with some senior players and all of them are ambitious and all of them realise something was missing. This is something we have to be sure we find.
"For me, there has to be a winning mentality from the first day until the last day. These conversations have been in this direction. They [the players] want to do well and are desperate for the team to improve.
“That is very important to me, to have these senior players that continue pushing and can be an example for the younger players.”
Benitez also underlined the importance of the Everton fans in driving the Club forwards – and paid tribute to the backing he has received so far.
“The Evertonians have been very supportive,” he added. "They have been encouraging me to do well and I am very happy about that.
“I like to see people enjoying the team, and the best way we can do that is winning. I have confidence we can do that. I am sure we can do it now.
"All the people here have been very supportive and we are creating an atmosphere that will allow us to compete at the maximum level.”
Benitez has confirmed Duncan Ferguson will be one his Assistant Managers, alongside Francisco de Miguel Moreno.
He outlined why he was eager to appoint Ferguson to such a key position in his coaching team – and highlighted Everton captain Seamus Coleman's positive influence during the Blues manager’s short time at the Club.
"Duncan is a legend here,” he said.
“He will be an important part of the staff. He knows the players, the Club, and the fans. He can be an inspiration for a lot of them and he will be very helpful for me.
"Another thing I did was watch some of his goals he scored. He could really play. Maybe if we need a striker, he can still play!
"Also, since I have been here, I have been talking with Seamus so many times.
"He is a very good professional. He is very helpful for me. He can be a key player. I like him as a player and as a person. He is an inspiration for everyone.”
Post by Everton News. on Jul 22, 2021 19:42:09 GMT
Everton can confirm the appointment of Jamie Harley as Head of Sports Science
the latest addition to Rafa Benitez’s staff is convinced the Club is equipped to be able to challenge the Premier League’s best.
Harley is reuniting with manager Benitez after the pair worked together for the duration of the Spaniard’s time in charge of Newcastle United.
Harley left Newcastle at the end of last season after 11 years at St James’ Park and was deliberating over offers for his next role.
But when Everton called, Harley’s mind was immediately made up, the 36-year-old unable to resist a “big challenge at a huge club”.
He joined Newcastle as Sports Scientist in 2010 and seven years later, when Benitez was boss, accepted the post of Head of Sports Science.
“When the opportunity to come to Everton arose, I realised it was going to be a big challenge at a huge club,” Harley told evertonfc.com.
“I wasn’t sure about my next step after Newcastle, although I was clear it was going to be in football.
“When Everton came up, it didn’t take me long to consider. The process, from hearing about the possibility, to being here, was fast.
“This is a great challenge at a really exciting time for the Club.
“Everton, with the size of the Club and the scale of backing and fanbase, are clearly very ambitious.
“They want to be in that top tier of the Premier League and everything I have seen so far is set up to do that. That is what makes it so exciting.”
Harley will link with former Newcastle colleagues Paco de Miguel and Antonio Gomez at Goodison Park after Benitez added that pair to his support team this month.
De Miguel was named the Club’s Assistant Manager – a title also held by Duncan Ferguson – while Gomez, a midfielder under Benitez in Real Madrid’s youth teams, joined as First-Team Coach and Senior Analyst.
The new arrivals slot into a backroom structure populated by elite practitioners across a range of fields.
“Paco is from a fitness background, so has good experience in fitness and physical conditioning, and that makes my job exciting,” said Harley.
“I feel I can be efficient with my work because Paco can understand things I want to put in place.
“My position involves any aspect of physical conditioning of players.
“It can include physical work on the pitch and in the gym, nutrition, how we manage players’ recovery between games and an element of psychology.
“There are some really good staff, with strong knowledge and experience, already at Everton.
“With [Sports Scientist] Dave Flower, [Head of Nutrition] Lloyd Parker and [Strength and Conditioning Coach] Jack Phillips, we have a really good sports science and nutrition and strength and conditioning background.
“The aim of my role is to coordinate those things and help those staff be efficient in the way the manager wants to work.
“I look broadly to see how we can improve the performance of players.
“Every player has different aspects they can improve, it is finding those areas and putting the right things in place to give them the support they need.”
Harley, who worked under six managers at Newcastle, was with Benitez, De Miguel and Gomes for more than three years – from March 2016 to the summer of 2019.
“There was a learning process with Paco and Antonio and over that time we found a good way of working together,” continued Harley, who has a master’s degree in exercise physiology.
“I understood really clearly the programmes and processes they like to put into place and was able to support those with my work.
“This is a big move for me after 11 years at one club but I was really excited by that challenge: to step into this environment, with a staff I know well and those already here.
“It happened really quickly but I accepted the chance to work for Everton and with Rafa and his staff straight away.”