‘I couldn’t do it’ – Rafa Benitez claims Liverpool legacy stopped him from making key decisions during ill-fated six-month spell as Everton boss

    Rafa Benitez has revealed that his Liverpool connection had a detrimental impact on his short-lived time at Everton.

    The Spaniard was in charge at Anfield between 2004 and and 2010, leading the club to Champions League, FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup glory during his reign.

    Benitez was sacked after picking up just one win in 13 games in charge of Everton

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    Benitez was sacked after picking up just one win in 13 games in charge of Everton

    Fans were not impressed with Benitez due to his Liverpool connection

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    Fans were not impressed with Benitez due to his Liverpool connection

    Regarded as a Liverpool legend for his achievements, football fans were stunned when he was appointed as Everton boss in the summer of 2021.

    Unfortunately for Benitez, his time at Goodison Park lasted just six months before he sacked..

    And the 62-year-old admitting that his Reds’ past made it difficult to make the changes that were needed.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “At the time Everton came in with the offer, I knew I would give my best and do everything to try to improve things.

    “I knew it could be difficult because I was at Liverpool, so maybe I couldn’t make some decisions. It was very clear for us at the beginning.

    “I had a meeting with a head of one of the departments and I asked him ‘do you think everything is fine?’ He said ‘yeah, everything is perfect.’ I thought ‘£600m had been spent, it cannot be perfect when the owners aren’t happy and the fans are not happy.’

    Benitez was a real success during his time at Liverpool

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    Benitez was a real success during his time at Liverpool

    His time at Goodison Park ended after 6 months

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    His time at Goodison Park ended after 6 months

    “So I realised we had to change things inside, but I couldn’t do it straight away because I was a former Red and it could be seen as ‘oh, he’s come in to change our club’.

    “In another club, I would have made those decisions. I did it in the past, because you know very clearly that is the way to improve, but there at Everton I couldn’t do it.”

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