By Alan Hutton

29th Jun, 2021 | 8:00pm

Benitez may be having second thoughts over Everton after Sky update - pundit

Alan Hutton has suggested Rafael Benitez may have second thoughts about joining Everton after the intense backlash from supporters.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland international admitted he would have turned the job down if he was in the Spaniard’s position.

In a statement relayed by Sky Sports on Monday (June 28th), Merseyside Police confirmed they are investigating a threatening banner hung near Benitez’s family house in Wirral.

Images of the homemade banner, which read ‘We know where you live, don’t sign’, circulated on social media.

As revealed by Football Insider on June 27th, a deal for the Toffees to appoint Benitez is all but done.

Supporters previously protested Benitez’s prospective hire with banners, some of which referenced his past as Liverpool manager, at Goodison Park.

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Hutton admitted he would have had serious doubts about taking on the post before the fan backlash.

He suggested the protests may have Benitez questioning his future.

Asked if he thought Benitez would be having second doubts, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I would. I’d have those feelings before.

“I’d get a little bit apprehensive about it. Imagine your agent, talking to me: ‘Right Alan, you’re going to go and be the Celtic manager.’

“I’d be like: ‘Oh, I’m not so sure that’s going to work out,’ and then you go through the process of talking to them. Then all the banners start coming up, you’re getting targeted.

“That would put me off instantly. Thanks but no thanks. I’ve made my decision. It’s not going to be worth the hassle with me and my family.

“These rivalries go deep for a lot of people. It’s a difficult situation. On one hand you’ve got an experienced manager but is it worth it? All the hassle that comes along with it, it could sway his mind.

“It’s happening already and a ball has not even being kicked. It is obviously a difficult situation to walk into.

It’s whether the owners are willing to deal with that and put up with it. ”

In other news, Everton have tabled contract offer for player who had bust-up last season.