Simon Jordan warns 61-year-old about getting Everton job, he's not an 'elite' director
Simon Jordan has warned Rafa Benitez that Everton fans could hastily turn on him if the lapsed Liverpool administrator failed to make an immediate impression at Goodison Park, speaking to (10 June, 10am).
And if Benitez could succeed in the Premier League where Carlo Ancelotti failed and turn the perennial underachievers into a top-six side, a great deal on the gloomy half of Stanley Park would be happy to airbrush those Anfield allegiances from the legend books.
Plenty of eyebrows were raised last week when The reported a former Liverpool manager – one who has made no riddle of his adoration for the Reds –
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And, with the likes of Paulo Fonseca, andseemingly slipping through Everton’s fingers, the scenery of Benitez forging a thrill return to the Premier League appears to be young by the day.
last night claimed the 61-year-old had missing from an front preference to a “serious candidate”.
But while Benitez boasts an enviable CV, having furthermore coached Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Valencia, expired Crystal Palace owner Jordan believes the veteran tactician would be below compel to hit the instigation running at Goodison Park.
“I can (see him becoming Everton manager). I can see Rafa Benitez pitching up wherever an opportunity (arises)!” Jordan verbal with a hint of cynicism.
“Obviously there’s some history. (Whether Everton fans surmise him) depends on the mood of the tribalism and rivalry. Ask Tottenham Hotspur fans, did they accept George Graham?
“It commit business well if Rafa Benitez comes in and is instantly successful. If by any arise he doesn’t hit the ground running, the Liverpool connection will become more prevalent.”
Benitez famously led Liverpool to the Champions League interval and won a team of La Liga crowns at Valencia. But, as Jordan is at pains to iota out, the most foregone of those successes came in 2005, when James Rodriguez was a bright-eyed 13-year-old.
Benitez’s most elapsed managerial roles saw him front Newcastle to a mid-table finish – no mean stunt in itself – before embarking on a short-term expression in China.
“(Benitez) is a extremely virtuous supervisor – there’s no waver about it,” says Jordan.
“He’s had some very interesting results in his occasion but his vocation is now on a different trajectory. I don’t think (Everton) are getting an elite manager.
“(Winning the Champions League) was 16 years ago. Elite is current, not historic.”
Nuno Espirito Santo is another front runner after talks with Crystal Palace fell apart. But could Nuno or Benitez really turn Everton into a top-six side? Not according to Jordan.
He adds: “(Nuno and Benitez) aren’t highest candidates in the world of football. If Everton’s aspirations are to be in the blessing six, would any of the peak six hire those two?”