Rafael Benitez announced as Everton manager as Marcel Brands makes statement appointment

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Everton have confirmed the controversial appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager, finally ending their search for Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement. The former Liverpool boss has signed a three-year contract at Goodison Park. 

Benitez’s history with Liverpool makes him a divisive appointment among Everton fans. 

The Spaniard guided the Reds to the Champions League in 2005 and is a fans’ favourite at Anfield. 

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The Toffees have been looking for a successor to Ancelotti since the Italian returned to Real Madrid earlier this month. 

He has replaced Zinedine Zidane as head coach of the La Liga giants after Zidane chose to step down having failed to lead Los Blancos to the La Liga or the Champions League titles last season.

Everton are the first of the three Premier League clubs who were without managers to confirm their appointment. 

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Tottenham’s shambolic quest for Jose Mourinho’s successor will soon enter a fourth calendar month. 

Mourinho was dismissed on April 19 and was replaced by interim head coach Ryan Mason. 

Chairman Daniel Levy has been close to appointing Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso, but to no success. 

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“Throughout this process I have been greatly impressed by the ambition shown by the senior representatives at the club and their desire to bring success to this historic club.

“I believe this is a club that is going places. I’m determined to play a big part in helping this great club achieve its ambitions.”

The club’s majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, has told supporters that Benitez is the best man to help the club win trophies.

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The 66-year-old added:”Rafa impressed us greatly with his knowledge and experience but, above all, the passion and hunger he showed to join our Club.

“We are appointing Rafa because we believe he will bring success to our club and to Evertonians. To put it simply – we need to be competing at the top-end of the league and to be winning trophies. Rafa is a proven winner with huge experience in coaching internationally and we have secured the best man to achieve that for us.”

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright commented: “Rafa Benitez is joining Everton Football Club at an exciting time.

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“On behalf of the board of directors I wish him well in achieving success for our football club – success our supporters long for and deserve.”

The Merseyside club, who finished 10th in the top-flight under Ancelotti last season, have confirmed that coaching staff Duncan Ferguson and Alan Kelly will remain at the club. They will announce further backroom staff appointments in the coming days. 

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