By Frank McAvennie

2nd Jul, 2021 | 7:00pm

McAvennie pinpoints key problem with Everton appointing Benitez amid 'strange' development

Everton needs stability and that is why appointing Rafael Benitez is a “strange” move

That is according to ex-West Ham goalscorer Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Benitez’s appointment at Goodison.

An industry source told Football Insider on 27th June that the deal taking the Spaniard to Goodison was “99 per cent done.”

The news was officially confirmed on 30th June and makes him only the second manager to ever coach both clubs on Merseyside.

Benitez won the Champions League and FA Cup when he managed Liverpool between 2004 and 2010.

And McAvennie also claims that the 61-year-old’s decision to take the Everton job proves he never had a real “affinity” with the Reds.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Listen, he’ll get over it but I really didn’t think it would happen.

“He’s a good manager, a big name coming in. But they need stability and I don’t know if they are getting that.

“Who’s to say if a big club comes in for Benitez he isn’t going to leave like Ancelotti did? It’s a strange one.

“I just don’t get it. Did he not know the fans were gonna be like this? It’s just a job but it proves that he doesn’t really have the affinity to Liverpool that he said he did.

“It’s not because he hates the club or anything but why would you want to spoil your relationship with Liverpool? He certainly doesn’t need the money.

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