Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has commented on the reports linking former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez with the Everton job.

The Goodison Park outfit want a top manager to replace Carlo Ancelotti, and the Spaniard is said to be on their radar as the search drag on.

While some Everton fans do not want him due to his affiliation with bitter and city rivals Liverpool, Balague claims that is a thing of the past as Benitez is no longer connected with the club as before.

The BBC journalist also claims that Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri is a fan of the Champions League-winning manager.

Benitez has managed Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and in the Chinese Super League since leaving the Reds.

He was linked with the Tottenham Hotspur job after Jose Mourinho’s departure, while prospective Magpies owners are still believed to be keen on him ahead of a potential takeover of the St. James’ Park outfit.

The veteran manager has proven himself in the Premier League, and Everton fans should not allow sentiments and emotions to get in their way of landing a world-class manager.

Benitez has the quality, experience and tactical nous to make the Goodison Park club a top-six side in the Premier League, and having the backing of the ever-supportive Moshiri in the transfer market would be a huge boost should a move work out.

Such a divisive appointment does not look likely at the moment, though, and Everton fans will be hoping the board can land a likeable manager capable of delivering European football.

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