“It will end in tears.”
Richard Keys has ripped into Everton’s rumoured approach for Rafa Benitez amid suggestions that the former Liverpool manager could be set to take over at Goodison Park in the coming days.
Everton were not expected to be in the hunt for a new manager this summer but the sudden departure of Carlo Ancelotti forced the Toffees to scramble to find a suitable replacement for the Italian.
Benitez emerged as something of a surprise candidate and, apparently, Everton are close to confirming a deal with the Spaniard who won the Champions League and FA Cup during his time with Liverpool.
Former Sky Sports presenter Keys has made his feelings on the Benitez-to-Everton deal plainly known and he compared the reports coming out of Goodison Park to the way that governments often conveniently leak bad news to the media to prepare people for inevitable disappointment.
“Farhad Moshiri continues to take us all for fools. He and Alisher Usmanov, who’s really got the money, want Rafa Benitez as their next manager at Everton,” Keys wrote in his blog.
Richard Keys slams Everton’s Rafa Benitez plans
“They’ve done what all govts do when they have to bad news to announce – they leak over a period of time hoping that everybody will get used to the idea of what’s going to happen – so when it does the reaction won’t be as bad.
“Evertonians are growing used to the idea that the PL’s most ruthlessly selfish, ambitious individual will be their next manager – so I suppose the plan has worked to some degree. But the real issues are once again beneath the surface. It will end in tears.
“Benitez will once again pursue his own agenda – while wrapping it up as ‘in the club’s best interests’. That’s how he managed to con the paying customers at Newcastle – by creating a phoney war with Mike Ashley that he knew he would never win. When the time came – he left – for a ‘long term’ project in China.
“Never mind that he managed Liverpool. His best days are long since behind him – and for me there are many better options. Moshiri has badly mis-judged this one. It’s not the die-hard Evertonian that he’s pissed off – it’s hard working staff at the club who don’t want to work with Benitez – and worse – legends from different eras at Goodison – who’ve recently been saying to me ‘I’m done’. That’s sad. That’s deeply sad.
“Trust me – it won’t be long before Moshiri is looking for the seventh manager he’s employed since arriving at the club. In many ways – this is going to prove a ‘costly‘ mistake.”
Merseyside police are currently investigating a threatening banner aimed at Benitez.