Benitez brings in new Fitness and Rehab coach from Newcastle

Tuesday, 19 October, 2021 13comments  |  Jump to last
Rafael Benitez is being credited for persuading Cristian Fernandez to leave Newcastle United and join up with Everton's backroom staff on Merseyside as fitness and rehab coach.

Benitez hired his fellow Spaniard Fernandez from Northampton Town in 2016 when he was in charge at St James's Park and they worked together on Tyneside.

With injuries running at a very high level currently across the senor and U23 squad, with a peak of 12 players out injured last month, he will certainly have his work cut out to bring so many players back to peak condition.

To mark his appointment, Fernandez tweeted a picture of Goodison Park with the caption “New chapter… New Home” after spending 5 years with the Barcodes. He follows Everton's new Head of Sports Science, Jamie Harley, who came to Everton from the north-east club earlier in the summer.  

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John Pickles
1 Posted 19/10/2021 at 11:35:41
Maybe they could get Delph to show him around the medical facilities and get him up to speed.
Barry Hesketh
2 Posted 19/10/2021 at 12:12:48
This guy has his work cut out given the number of fairly long-term injuries this squad has had over the past few seasons, Good luck to him, he'll need it.
John Kavanagh
3 Posted 19/10/2021 at 20:02:27
He will soon find out that curing the afflicted is one thing; raising the dead is an entirely different matter.
Derek Taylor
4 Posted 19/10/2021 at 20:06:29
Makes me laugh how these managerial mercenaries cart around their families and bessie mates with little thought for the poor buggers they are replacing.

Big Sam's support staff could be numbered in double figures, I bet none of them have survived till now!

Jerome Shields
5 Posted 20/10/2021 at 05:23:17
It will be interesting to see where Fernandez is placed in the hierarchy of Finch Farm Medical Services. There has always been a problem with fitness and rehab in Medical Services which successive Managers have felt they needed to address. Benitez has found it no different.

The list of injured players has built up as has the lead time of their return. In a team that is going well you would think that players would want to playe. No doubt a few laggers exist, but I do think that Richarlison and Calvert Lewin would want to play. Therefore the pressure is on the competence of existing Medical staff and the need for additions with competence.

I do think Everton are currently paying for a competence deficit in Medical Services of accessing injuries
( includes new player assessments. ), treating them, and rehab.

Ajay Gopal
6 Posted 20/10/2021 at 07:05:43
With the injuries that we currently have, we need Mother Teresa!
Ian Bennett
7 Posted 20/10/2021 at 07:39:57
We pick up injuries to key players constantly, and play far fewer games than elite teams.

Liverpool on the other hand seem to keep their core together through 60-65 games a season. They don't have that big a squad, yet the front 3 and back 4 are a constant.

Fran Mitchell
8 Posted 20/10/2021 at 08:16:38
Not really Ian.

This season their defence has had injuries to Robertson, but they had Tsimikas to cover him.

Firmino had been out injured until recently and missed the start of the season.

Alexander-Arnold also has had injuries.

Matip and Gomez are both still recovering from long term injury and being eased into first team football.

Thiago has been injured, and not to mention Harvey Elliot.

Jota has also suffered injuries.

But, despite not having a massive squad like City, they do have competent players coming in when they are injured.

Even the likes of Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and a couple of other youngsters...manage to come in and maintain standards.

We are desperately weak when any of our key players are replaced by the 'back-up' options.

Jerome Shields
9 Posted 20/10/2021 at 09:00:30

The problem is a combination of poor recruitment and poor injury assessment of incoming players. This deficit of competence extends to dealing with existing players.

Another factor is that Everton was seen as a soft touch to offload journeyman players who abused the Medical Service system, giving them over the top transfer fees and wage contracts to sit on their ass' s. This has the knock on effect of blocking up the system at Everton of moving on the 5% of poor players that all Clubs have. Clubs are already sniffing round Newcastle to off load their leeches, the new potential mugs of the Premiership.

Another problem is when the going gets tuf these type of players will be looking to sit on their ass's more. Work and Effort evaporates.

Brian Wilkinson
10 Posted 20/10/2021 at 17:26:13
Bringing this fitness guy in is the equivalent of bringing a guy in with an alternate to handing out Viagra to the needed.

Got a job and half on here, trying to get some of these back up and running again.

Roger Helm
11 Posted 21/10/2021 at 14:23:31
Viagra gets you up and running, does it, Brian? I never knew.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
12 Posted 21/10/2021 at 22:37:10
Roger – actually…

If you saw the Top Gear special where they drove over the Andes at 20,000 ft or thereabout, then they adapted the cars to draw in more oxygen to the cylinders, but they also had Viagra to help with their own oxygen levels.

Derek Knox
13 Posted 22/10/2021 at 09:57:22
Let's hope that Christian Fernandez stays injury-free himself, and manages to separate the lead-swingers from the genuine.

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