By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is in the frame to become the new Everton boss, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the Merseyside club’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has placed the 57-year-old high on his list on potential managers to replace current Toffees boss Ronald Koeman.
The newspaper reports that the Everton players believe that Koeman does not have a long-term future at the club following the poor start to the new campaign.
The Toffees have only managed to pick up two victories in their opening seven Premier League matches, having conceded a total of 12 goals in the process.
Everton are currently sitting in 17th position in the league table and they are only two points above the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, Benitez has endured a great start as his Newcastle side are currently lying in the top half of the league following their promotion from the Championship last season.
The Spaniard has experience managing on Merseyside after he spent six years in charge of local rivals Liverpool.
Benitez became a huge favourite amongst the Liverpool supporters after securing a fifth Champions League title and an FA Cup during his reign.
Benitez has two years remaining on his current contract at St James’ Park.
Football Insider verdict
It appears that Koeman is likely to lose his job at Goodison Park even if he manages to turn things around in the short-term. It has been a tough start in all competitions for Everton and the fact that they splashed the cash throughout the summer transfer window has not helped the Dutchman’s cause in biding for time. Even if the Everton hierarchy attempt to lure Benitez with a move back to Merseyside, he is unlikely to accept as the Spaniard understands that it might tarnish his reputation with Liverpool supporters. However, given Benitez’ relationship with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, it’s impossible to completely rule out the Spaniard moving away from St James’ Park.
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