Rafael Benitez would be jumped at the chance to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Everton, talkSPORT has been told.
The Toffees are on the hunt for a new manager after Ancelotti rejoined Real Madrid on Tuesday in a shock departure.
Everton are now tasked with finding a suitable replacement with the club at a critical juncture, having come off a disappointing season in which they finished tenth in the Premier League while also pressing ahead with plans to build a new stadium.
Despite his ties to rivals Liverpool, journalist Steve Hothersall believes it makes a lot of sense for Farhad Moshiri to appoint Benitez, whose family are still based on Merseyside.
Benitez is available having left the Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro i January.
“Ever since he returned from China, he’s been scouring world football for that next opportunity,” Hothershall told talkSPORT Drive.
“He wants to stay in the Premier League and there aren’t many clubs that actually fit the bill for him.
“Some might say Everton doesn’t because he infamously said something about them being a small club.
“I think he would crawl over hot coals to manage Everton. It’s on his doorstep, there’s a man who owns the football club who is clearly very wealthy and could fund his ambitions.
“He’d probably have a big project laid out for him and Rafa would love it.”
Benitez, 61, is vastly experienced having won league titles, cups, the Champions League and Europa League.
He spent six years as Liverpool manager and is still admired at Anfield having won them the Champions League and FA Cup.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has also urged Everton to seriously consider hiring him.
“As Carlo Ancelotti returns to Real Madrid, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri will be wondering when he will next get the chance to appoint a former Real Madrid manager and Champions League winner with Premier League experience,” Carragher wrote in The Telegraph.
“How about immediately?
“Of the names instantly linked with Everton as the Ancelotti news broke, who is more qualified than my former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez?
“Rafa is available, settled in the area and I am sure he is ready if Moshiri is prepared to consider one of the more shocking managerial appointments in Merseyside football history.
“At the very least, Benitez should be under consideration as Moshiri begins yet another managerial quest. And not for the first time, before the owner decides the right candidate, he has to be clear of the football direction he wants to take.”
Carragher added: “With Ancelotti, Everton pursued the tried-and-tested, proven experienced manager and stellar name. If that is what Moshiri still wants, Benitez is an obvious candidate.”
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