By Alex McLeish

24th Jun, 2021 | 7:00am

Ex-manager issues Everton fan warning as 'great' new appointment given green light

Alex McLeish has warned Everton fans could “hinder” the club’s plans if they make Rafael Benitez feel “uncomfortable” as manager.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Toffees would be getting a “great coach” in the 61-year-old.

As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (June 23rd), Alisher Usmanov has given the green light for Everton to appoint the ex-Liverpool manager despite backlash from supporters.

The Uzbek tycoon is not a shareholder at Goodison Park.

However, it is understood he holds significant influence behind closed doors.

Several of Usmanov’s companies are sponsors of Everton.

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Financial expert Kieran Maguire told Football Insider of the businessman’s close links to owner Farhad Moshiri.

Benitez’s prospective arrival has sparked protests from some sections of the Everton fanbase.

However, McLeish warned the supporters’ actions could have a negative impact.

“I went to Aston Villa from Birmingham so you can’t blame a manager,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“He never supported Liverpool as a boy, did he? Or support Everton as a boy? It’s just a great coach getting a top job.

“If he gets the job then I hope he doesn’t feel uncomfortable because that can hinder things a little bit.

“If he gets the right support in terms of the board giving him money to bring who he wants to the club, the recruitment, that magical word, you can’t stop a person from getting a job.”

Benitez spent six years in charge of Liverpool between 2004 and 2010.

He has been out of work since leaving Dalian Professional in January.

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