Mills: Everton may have had Benitez 'rethink' amid update today
Everton chiefs may have had a “rethink” on Rafa Benitez after fan protests but ultimately see his Liverpool links as “irrelevant”.
That is the view of ex-Leeds United and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the Blues close in on appointing the Spaniard.
Football Insider revealed yesterday (25 June) Benitez has told friends he is ready to accept the role despite the fan backlash and advice from those close to him.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that terms have been agreed with Benitez and he is set to be appointed within days.
“He’s going to be up and against it,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“There are going to be a lot of fans against him because of the Liverpool links, rightly or wrongly and I understand that sentiment and then there’s the brand of football.
“It’s all about winning and if you start winning and getting into those European places those Liverpool links become irrelevant.
“The moment you’re not winning, Ancelotti would get a little reprieve but that won’t happen for Rafa Benitez. The Liverpool links come out immediately. Then it will be the style of football that gets questioned.
“He’s got to do doubly well to satisfy the Everton fans. He’s a very astute manager and will be fully aware of that situation. He’ll be aware of that but it won’t make it any easier.
“The protests may have led them to have a rethink but at the end of the day, if they believe he’s the right man for the job and they’ve spoken to him at length then his links to Liverpool will be pretty much irrelevant.
“It would be like now if Everton were suddenly offered Jurgen Klopp would they take him? I think they would.”