Benitez pledges to succeed as Everton boss.

Written by on July 15, 2021

New Everton boss Rafael Benitez says success will win over fans who criticised his appointment.

The former Liverpool manager previously called the Toffees a “small club” after a draw in the Merseyside derby in 2007.

The rivalry between the two clubs led to a threatening banner being left near his Merseyside home.

Benitez said that the banner had done nothing to put him off taking the Everton job.

Benitez, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian returned to Real Madrid last month, is the first manager since the 1800s to cross the Merseyside football divide.

He managed Liverpool from 2004-2010.

He was also criticised by some Chelsea fans after being appointed in 2012 before going on to win a Europa League title with the club.

Credit: BBC

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