By Noel Whelan

12th Jun, 2021 | 11:00am

Everton one 'stumbling block' away from appointing Benitez - Whelan

Noel Whelan has urged Everton to get over the “Liverpool stumbling block” and appoint Rafael Benitez as manager.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested fans would be “overjoyed” being linked to the 61-year-old if he did not have a history at Anfield.

As reported by The Telegraph on Wednesday (9th June), there has been contact between the Toffees and the Spaniard over the vacant post at Goodison Park.

Benitez managed Liverpool for six years between 2004 and 2010, winning four trophies.

Whelan insisted Everton need to forget about Benitez’s past and focus on what he can do in the future at Goodison.

“When you take him away from the Liverpool aspect, he fits the bill completely, doesn’t he?” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

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“It’s the Liverpool stumbling block. It’s the fact he has managed across the road for the other half that is kind of souring this.

“Any other time, when you get a Rafa Benitez linked to your club, you’re overjoyed they’re going for managers with that experience and winning mentality we know he has.

“But again, I think everyone moves on. Whether it’s players, managers, it’s about the job you can actually do at the football club. It’s not about where they’ve been.

“It’s a bit like a girlfriend. Forget about the past, look to the future. Everyone has a past.”

Benitez also managed Newcastle United for three years in the Premier League and Championship.

The Spaniard has been out of work since leaving Chinese outfit Dalian Professional in January.

In other news, Everton could make three marquee signings amid major transfer update, claims pundit.