Why? I suspect that there is not one Evertonian who looks at this appointment and pumps the air shouting, "Fucking Yes!"
So Rafa knows he is unwelcome. He doesn't care. Why? He doesn't need the money, so rule that out. Why? Something, deep inside him thinks that he can do something for our club. He has, somehow, convinced Mr Moshiri that he is the man. He is set up to fail, he will not have one minute's peace. He has not got one bit of leeway. He is fucked from day one.
Yet... this man doesn't get it. In the history of our club, no-one has walked into this. He actually wants the fucking job! Why?
The only possible reason is that, having more money than he can ever need, he must redeem himself, validate his reasons for being a coach and stick, really stick it up to the whole European elite.
I cannot accept that he is topping up his pension. He wants this. He must really want this. It will end in tears unless he gets lucky. Is it not about time we had a lucky coach? Black or white? Better than the grey that the utterly lamentable Ancelotti sold us.
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1 Posted 01/07/2021 at 09:27:09
Andy, the man has lived in Liverpool for 18 years. Do you really think he doesn't get it? Of course he does.
I think your stick-it-up reasoning isn't far off.
It's this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6owEGMI4xM
Or this: https://knowyourmeme.com/photos/568330-why-because-fuck-you-that-s-why
2 Posted 01/07/2021 at 09:52:45
And please don't expect anything more than Ancelotti Part II. As Danny O'Neill put it well on another thread, this is just a continuity strategy in action. Swap out one illustrious old coach for another (albeit less illustrious one). The football is likely to be very defensive, very tactical and not very exciting.
3 Posted 01/07/2021 at 09:52:58
“This feels like a business decision, not the sort of appointment you make in the emotive world of football.
I fear Moshiri really doesnt get it. Fans want a manager that loves the team almost as much as they do.
Moyes did for most of his tenure, up until his head was turned by a posh bird from up the East Lancs.
Martinez genuinely seemed to love the club. I think he thought we were “phenomenal”… although he says that about a lot of things.
Koeman didnt give two shiny wotsits about Everton or the clubs history. The mess we see today is a direct result of Ronald “Red Fucking Christmas Decorations” Koemans appointment and the spending that followed. In fact Koemans legacy should be used as a cautionary tale entitled ‘How to Fuck Up Your Club.
Allardyce talked about being mates with Paul Bracewell and said he knew all about ‘the school of science but then proceeded to trash the clubs reputation by showing it zero respect by playing his usual brand of anti-football.
Silva kind of got the club but didnt get the time to settle in and turn it into a proper love affair. It will always be a case of what could have been about his relationship with the blues.
Ancelotti really seemed to get the club… or so we thought. Turns out that he just wanted a brief affair with a bit of rough from Liverpool and had the Italian gift of seduction.
So where does that leave Benitez?
Well he can never truly ‘love the club, can he? Its an impossibility. Even if the improbable happened and he hit the ground running, secured a top 6 finish in his first season and then went on to take Everton to win a cup final or two, youd still always know that it was just business. Hed achieved what he had for himself and his paymasters, not for the fans. Its probably a bit like having sex with your mail order bride. Youd enjoy the outcome but always know that she was just fulfilling her side of the contract.”
4 Posted 01/07/2021 at 18:42:49
I would love to smack him in the mouth with the appropriately named RS39 and say, "how's that for a small club you fat little fucker ?"
Maybe he will grow on me
5 Posted 02/07/2021 at 08:13:44
"For Rafa it's just the opportunity to carry on being a manager and close to home too after a nomadic period since leaving the RS."
Did you really think this through before you decided to go in to print on it? Of course, the everybody has his/her right to his/her opinion comes in to play. But, deep down analysed, do you think Benitez is that shallow?
He was never my preferred appointee but something in my gut says to me that this might work, as I wrote on another thread.
Everything about it seems counter intuitive. Even Billy the old kid doesn't like the choice because, like most of us fans he's a true blue, whatever else you think about him.
He's either a con-man or he has honestly convinced the hierarchy that he is the right man for the job at the moment in future history's page.
Frustrated or not by previous choice decisions by the Board, there is not one member of that board we could honestly state is "stupid". Moshiri is certainly no idiot and financially this can be witnessed by his choice of friends, one in particular.
Returning to Benitez, clearly he has large cahoonas (forgive my spelling please). He knows the game. Wants to win again. He's now sold his soul to Everton.
Only time will tell. At 73 yo and more than 65 of those years Everton through and through, I hope my gut feel is right.
6 Posted 02/07/2021 at 08:23:27
He went for the jugular, because hed been taking stick off us toffees, from day one, and hes definitely not the type of man, who takes things lying down.
Thats how I saw it anyway, because thats how I see Benitez, a man with very thick skin, who doesnt appear to be scared of anything.
7 Posted 02/07/2021 at 08:36:44
That said, I think of all the foreign managers, Benitez is one who understands Everton, Evertonians and the city better than just about all of them. I will have to keep referring to him by his surname for now. I'm not on first name terms just yet.
He has roots in the region, which he has maintained wherever he has gone. For many, he has unpalatable history with our neighbours. Of course he gets Everton, Evertonians and our great City of Liverpool. It's probably why he, and only he, knew what buttons to press and wind us up no end when he was at Mordor.
He get's us alright. Here's hoping he makes a unique place in Merseyside football history for us and him.
8 Posted 02/07/2021 at 08:38:04
9 Posted 02/07/2021 at 08:39:39
He just comes off as a deeply unpleasant man. If it was Rodgers or Klopp maybe I could some how cope but it's the same guy we used to sing "fat Spanish waiter" and "Rafa Benuathus" at. It just feels wrong in every way imaginable.
I'm trying to imagine him winning the Fa.cup this season and seeing him holding it surrounded by Everton players and it just feels so dirty to me. Maybe there is something wrong with me, I don't know but I just can't bring to think of him in charge in our final ever game at Goodison or the first game at any new stadium
10 Posted 02/07/2021 at 08:43:47
11 Posted 02/07/2021 at 08:47:22
He gets the fact that he is in the most difficult appointment of his life, he gets that his reputation is on the line, he gets that his life in the city will be unbearable if he fails and he gets that Evertonian's are watching him through a microscope waiting for him to make one bad move.
He's no fool...far from it.
12 Posted 02/07/2021 at 08:48:12
13 Posted 02/07/2021 at 08:52:37
We do have a habit of abbreviating most things by putting a "y" on the end of a shortened version, so I assumed Caldy was Calderstones!!
14 Posted 02/07/2021 at 09:00:23
15 Posted 02/07/2021 at 09:10:21
Proposition 1. Rafa is an arrogant kopite who has made his disdain for Everton and undying love for LFC clear and plain - the evidence being the mans own words
Proposition 2. Rafa is a good coach and really wants Everton gig
Hence its a legitimate question to ask why he want this job. The answer is simple he is an avaricious person or greedy bastard (as Bill Shankly would have said). Stating he doesnt need the money is true but that doesnt mean he doesnt want even more. If he was motivated by other factors would he have walked away from Newcastle where he was bizarrely venerated with a six million yearly contract on the table to go to China? It might have been the 12 million annual contract.
16 Posted 02/07/2021 at 09:19:04
That said, you make a good case, except that he's still a rs - but it's a done deal now, so I suppose I'll have to give him a chance...which is probably what the Club is banking on - and the fact that one day, somebody must live up to their reputation when we hire them.
Danny @ 13; quite right too, an easy mistake to make
17 Posted 02/07/2021 at 09:53:32
18 Posted 02/07/2021 at 09:54:43
Simple. He's a world-renowned football coach/manager who loves his work. And like many of us who love our work, he wants to keep doing it as long as he can, especially when there are plenty of 'new money' owners looking for world-renowned coaches/managers. And this is just the job for an 'obsessed, detail-driven professional', isn't it?
What in it for us? I suspect that we have spoken to several managers/agents. I suspect that while it is a fantastic job as either a stepping stone, or, please God, for the next successful manager we get, any decent manager worth his salt would have proceeded with caution. A trigger-happy owner who intervenes over the head of the Director of Football, an imbalanced squad of slow, purposeless non-achievers on long contracts makes it less appealing.
If I was one of those 'up and coming' managers the world football experts keep telling me about, I'd be looking for a copper-bottomed, lucrative contract with a nice release clause and large compensation. Maybe, after his shocking and expensive recruitment mistakes, Moshiri fancies neither the up and coming, nor the superstar who will leave.
I'd argue Benitez is the conservative choice who is less likely to leave, less likely to mess up and more likely to be here till BMD, when he will be doing well enough to keep or be replaced by a manager who may find us more attractive after three stable years and a new stadium.
I don't know if it will work, but I'm guessing that's the rationale behind it.
19 Posted 02/07/2021 at 10:22:07
That said I acknowledge the high risk nature of this particular appointment but, as other posters have said, maybe this one will come off. We are due a bit of luck, surely?
All in all, there wasn't a lot of choice on offer to us.
20 Posted 03/07/2021 at 13:06:54
21 Posted 03/07/2021 at 22:19:57
He has a short commute after living out of a suitcase for years in China, Newcastle, Milan, anyone who has travelled for a living will tell you it's not all it's cracked up to be no matter the size of the expense account.
Moaners won't worry him he had it at the back end of his Liverpool term and got hammered at Chelsea. The record of bullshit Carlo is nothing to overtake meaning he's here for at least a year with sleep ins, early nights and home cooking on tap.
Ask any mercenary they all say that is their dream.
22 Posted 03/07/2021 at 22:36:13
23 Posted 03/07/2021 at 23:02:21
He's landed himself a very well paid job near his home where, if he can get and keep us in the first eight of the league (I refuse to use the term 'Top 8' as it's fucking ridiculous), he will be deemed to have done his job by those that employ him.
If he does better, the supporters will be onside too. If he does worse, he either gets fired and paid off handsomely, or he completes his contract and gets paid handsomely.
All the above is what's in it for him. Nice work if you can get it.
24 Posted 03/07/2021 at 23:16:19
Personal pride can be a very powerful motivator in anyone's life. I reckon at 61, Rafa feels he is far from finished and “an unexpected opportunity arose” for him to prove he isn't. He has seized it.
That is what I think is in it for him and I am hoping that it is also what's in it for us.
25 Posted 03/07/2021 at 23:18:04
Honestly it's such an obvious call he could have his pick of mid-table clubs just a matter of waiting a few months till a job he fancied come up. But something far beyond money has to be in play to choose a club that have supporters who hate the very bones of you.
Him and his missus love the area their place on the Wirral is unquestionably their forever home. I imagine he has dreamed of setting up camp here knowing he's not getting a go at either of the Manc clubs or Liverpool.
At least it's a powerful motivator to make a good fist of it and remain as long as he can.
27 Posted 03/07/2021 at 23:44:26
Think Rafa couldn't care less about travelling?
How about Rafa had the best CV when approached. We have tried up-and-coming managers, experienced managers. The club needs stability now. If Rafa can't get reasonable success meaning a semi final or top ten/eight in the league then we are in trouble.
Please listen to his interview a few days ago. He is Mr Football and probably watching all matches. He loves the challenge tactically to work and coach to improve players individually. I think it's a great appointment and, without his Liverpool affiliation, we would all be lauding what a great day for the club.
What's in it for Rafa? Football! If he can make Everton competitive home and away, both league and cup, that's fine by me!
28 Posted 03/07/2021 at 23:59:30
Tony #6: "...a man with very thick skin, who doesnt appear to be scared of anything."
Anthony #17: "He believes he can deliver where others have failed and I would like to think that self belief, arrogance even is part of the motivation."
PT #18: "...this is just the job for an 'obsessed, detail-driven professional', isn't it?"
Covered it superbly, all of you.
29 Posted 04/07/2021 at 17:18:51
Caldy have their own Calday Grange Grammar School which has the connection with Caldy Rugby Football Club. Birkenhead have their own ‘old boys' club.
Rafa's house is one of the most magnificent in the area, perched on a hill overlooking the Dee and North Wales.
30 Posted 04/07/2021 at 17:34:43
31 Posted 04/07/2021 at 17:40:59
I believe the police are still looking for suspects with regards that bedsheet that was left by Rafa's house last week!
32 Posted 04/07/2021 at 18:07:23
It used to be said that if, from Liverpool, you can see the Welsh Hills then it is about to rain but, if you can't see the Welsh Hills, then it is raining already.
33 Posted 04/07/2021 at 18:09:10
Benitez probably can't believe it, a top job a few miles from home – what's not to like?
34 Posted 04/07/2021 at 21:56:40
35 Posted 04/07/2021 at 22:54:22
36 Posted 08/07/2021 at 09:44:14
37 Posted 09/07/2021 at 12:37:37
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