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Rafael Benitez is being eyed as a possible new manager for Everton

Rafael Benitez is being eyed as a possible new manager for Everton

Rafael Benitez is being eyed as a possible new manager for Everton

Rafael Benitez is in talks to take over as manager of Everton, with Sky Sports reporting the Spaniard's appointment with the Goodison Park club may be imminent.

Benitez has been out of work since leaving Chinese side Dalian Yifang in January and has considered Liverpool to be his home since his successful spell with the city's other team ended in 2010.

A former Liverpool manager taking over at Everton would appear to be a contentious move, especially after Benitez famously described the Toffees as a 'small club' back in 2007.

Yet after Carlo Ancelotti quit Everton to take over at Real Madrid earlier this month, Everton are keen to appoint a high-profile manager to take his place and Benitez would fit the bill.

The coach who guided Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005 and an FA Cup win a year later enjoyed a successful spell in charge of Newcastle up until 2019.

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Liverpool have conquered Europe before whilst struggling in the Premier League, like they did in 2005

Liverpool have conquered Europe before whilst struggling in the Premier League, like they did in 2005

Liverpool have conquered Europe before whilst struggling in the Premier League, like they did in 2005

Now he has confirmed he is keen to get back into the game and when asked by Sky Sports a couple of years ago whether he would take on the Everton job, he suggested it would appeal to him.

Former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo was widely expected to take over at Everton after holding talks with the club, while former manager Roberto Martinez has been linked with a return to the Toffees.

However, it appears the club are closing in on an appointment and Benitez would be an intriguing choice if he lands the role.

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