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Category: Rafael Benítez

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Rafael Benítez vows to ‘walk the walk’ at Everton but silences speak volumes | Jamie Jackson

The former Liverpool manager has laid out his plans but said little about spending or James Rodríguez’s futureRafael Benítez may know a near-Sisyphean task is before him at Everton. The impression was difficult to escape during a debut media conference…

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Rafael Benítez vows to ‘walk the walk’ at Everton but silences speak volumes | Jamie Jackson

The former Liverpool manager has laid out his plans but said little about spending or James Rodríguez’s futureRafael Benítez may know a near-Sisyphean task is before him at Everton. The impression was difficult to escape during a debut media conference…

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Rafa Benítez’s arrival is a step in the right direction for stepping-stone club Everton | Jonathan Wilson

With Everton stuck in the middle ground outside the elite, the Spaniard’s style is a better fit than Carlo Ancelotti’s ever wasWhat is Everton? It sounds like a flippant question, and perhaps to an extent it is, but as Rafa Benítez takes charge, it’s a…

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Rafael Benítez is a gamble that could expose Everton’s wider fragility | Andy Hunter

Spaniard’s record is strong but his arrival may be divisive at both board and fan level at a club whose off-field position is delicateFew managers are as hard-working, obsessive in pursuit of victory and evidently in possession of such cojones of steel…

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‘Delighted to be joining’: Everton confirm Rafael Benítez as new manager

Spaniard replaces Carlo Ancelotti on three-year contractHe becomes first person to manage Liverpool and EvertonEverton have confirmed the appointment of Rafael Benítez as the club’s new manager.The Spaniard has signed a three-year deal to replace Carlo…

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Rafael Benítez to be confirmed new Everton manager in next 48 hours

Spaniard has finalised terms on three-year dealChoice is controversial given his links with LiverpoolRafael Benítez will be confirmed as Everton’s new manager after finalising terms on a three-year contract at Goodison Park.The former Liverpool manager…

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‘We know where you live’: banner near Benítez home as Everton deal looms

Former Liverpool manager expected to take over at EvertonBenítez faces widespread opposition among club’s fansA banner threatening Rafael Benítez if he joins Everton has been left near the former Liverpool manager’s family home, according to images on …

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Rafael Benítez hoping to become Everton manager after talks with club

Spaniard is leading candidate to replace Carlo AncelottiAppointment would be controversial given Liverpool linksRafael Benítez is hoping to receive a formal offer to become Everton’s new manager after holding positive talks with the club.The Spaniard h…

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Rafael Benítez puts clubs on alert after leaving job in China

Covid-19 pandemic cited as reason for exit from Dalian ProSpaniard’s Newcastle successor Steve Bruce under pressureRafa Benítez has left the Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro, saying that the Covid-19 pandemic was a factor in his decision.The former…

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Marouane Fellaini scores eight-minute headed hat-trick after Covid-19 recovery

Dramatic comeback win for Shandong Luneng over Dalian ProFormer Everton player was recently in hospital with Covid-19Marouane Fellaini scored a hat-trick of headers in eight second-half minutes to earn Shandong Luneng a dramatic comeback victory over D…

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Marouane Fellaini scores eight-minute headed hat-trick after Covid-19 recovery

Dramatic comeback win for Shandong Luneng over Dalian ProFormer Everton player was recently in hospital with Covid-19Marouane Fellaini scored a hat-trick of headers in eight second-half minutes to earn Shandong Luneng a dramatic comeback victory over D…

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Newcastle defy statistics and show Premier League table can lie

Steve Bruce’s side are in the bottom three on almost every metric except the one that counts – but are they taking pragmatism too far?Steve Bruce sits in Rafael Benítez’s old chair in the centre of the room where his predecessor once held court. The wa…

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Football quiz: what happened next to these former Liverpool managers?

Brendan Rodgers returns to Anfield on Saturday as Leicester manager. What did other managers do after leaving the club?Eight months after leaving Liverpool in 1991, Kenny Dalglish took over at Blackburn Rovers. He guided them to the Premier League in h…

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Rafael Benítez cites lack of trust as reason for leaving Newcastle

• Spaniard left St James’ Park this summer after three years• Club claim Benítez’s exit was motivated by Chinese moneyRafael Benítez says his decision to leave Newcastle was due to a lack of trust rather than the financial attraction of China.Benítez l…

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Salomón Rondón leaves West Brom to rejoin Rafael Benítez at Dalian Yifang

• Striker moves to Chinese club for undisclosed fee• Rondón was with Benítez at Newcastle last seasonSalomón Rondón has linked up again with Rafael Benítez after joining Dalian Yifang from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee. Related: Steve Bru…

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‘I want to leave a legacy’: Benítez joins Dalian Yifang after Newcastle exit – video

Rafael Benítez has taken over as manager of the Chinese side Dalian Yifang barely a week after Newcastle announced his departure. Despite being a Champions League winning coach, the 59-year-old Spaniard said he is under no illusion that this job w…

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Rafael Benítez says he would have stayed if Newcastle shared his vision

Manager left St James’ Park at end of contract last weekBenítez blames ‘those at top of the club’ for his departureRafael Benítez has said he wanted to sign a new contract at Newcastle but did not as he felt the club did not share his vision.The Champi…

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Newcastle fans hoping for high noon at Toon may not topple Mike Ashley | Barry Glendenning

Supporters’ group fighting Ashley is calling for a St James’ Park boycott – but would not be first to find apathy in their wayA couple of hours after finishing what was intended to be the first and final draft of this column, I was forced into a rewrit…

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Sad departure of Rafa Benítez says everything about Newcastle’s woes

Owner Mike Ashley’s decision to let manager go is a further sign of a club paralysed by short-sightedness and underinvestmentJust over three weeks ago, there was a palpable though repressed gasp of relief on Tyneside as news began to surface that an in…

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Benítez bows out after collision of control freaks at Newcastle

Manager’s Magpies love affair ends after years of dysfunctional dealings with the club’s owner Mike AshleyLast season was drawing to a close as Rafael Benítez stood in a quiet corridor at St James’ Park briefing a small group of newspaper journalists o…