It’s not unkind to say Rafael Benitez didn’t exactly get a huge welcome as Everton manager.
Following Carlo Ancelotti’s exit from Goodison Park, as the Italian returned to Real Madrid, the Toffees were forced into the market for a new manager.
That they went from one target to another and ended up with Benitez didn’t really show that a lot of planning had been going on to cover Everton for the eventuality of Ancelotti leaving.
Benitez won a lot of fans over with some early promise, and since then things have gone sour. The Merseyside club currently find themselves 13th in the Premier League and there’s not a lot of optimism around the place right now.
Inevitably there’ll be rumours about the Spaniard’s future, and that gives the opportunity for claims of a new man coming in.
Kasper Hjulmand, Denmark manager, has now been named in both Spain and Italy as a possible replacement.
Given Denmark have qualified for the Qatar World Cup, and the impressive style in which they did so, it would be a surprise for Hjulmand to leave all that behind.