Rafa Benitez’s return to management at Merseyside makes him the first coach in the modern era to take charge of both Liverpool and Everton. You have to admire his ingenuity, Stephen Scragg writes.
We’ve all had that companion who ended up in a dysfunctional and loveless relationship. Stranded with a totally unsuitable partner, but you just can’t seem to reach them. No matter what they do, they are never appreciated by their other half, yet all common sense goes out the window for a while. It tends to be a union of good at best.
All you can do is let nature take its course and be there when it needs you the most.
I have no problem with taking Rafa Benitez Everton function, but I also understand why many of their supporters do it. The “little club” line will always be the elephant in the room.
You should really admire his versatility.
As a passionate Liverpool fan like myself, although I am a product of this divided city for us, I have never followed the rule of hating your neighbour.
I have cousins who have drifted to the blue side, I grew up with some of my best teammates who got kicks off, and a disproportionate number of disappointments, at Goodison Park, not at Anfield, no matter how much I try to convince them to. To the bright side of Stanley Park.
This helped raise me in a no-loss position when dealing with our blue brethren. Basically, I annoy the most combatants because I can’t end up with them, which in turn is so much fun, while on the other side of the coin, I know some great blues that I am happy to talk about football with.
Your own perceptions of football and competitors will have been thrown into your red indoctrination point.
To me, that pretty much means 1979/80, so a part of me always equals Everton To Gordon Lee, and that crazy part of today’s game when Tony Joba showed the nation his Goodison souvenir locker, where a cuckoo clock occupied a custom-sized Euro Cup compartment. It was an era when Trevor Ross seemed to miss a penalty every week.
In my view of the full and absolute genesis of football, Everton He was not in possession of the title role. Our competitors were based in the Midlands, City Ground and Villa Park. While I was living in the mid 80’s when Everton It was really appropriate, it is still a club that has won only five titles in my life.
None of this is meant to be a decisive takedown, it may seem, since I respect them as a historical entity and will actually miss Goodison once it’s gone – just as I regret the losses of Highbury, Old White Hart Lane, Maine Road, and The Dale, among others. Other remarkable and distinctive ancient surfaces that have been lost in the mists of time, to be replaced by a definite micano structure.
I do not pity EvertonI don’t have any fuzzy soft spot for them, I do enjoy comedy sometimes (bed sheet declaring we know where you live, you lay outside the wrong house and get some beating), but I hope you’re not sick either.
They are like that neighbor who can be a sound, or just as easily a donkey, depending on which way the wind is blowing. That person who sometimes parks his car without consideration.
In contemporary terms, Everton They struggled to settle in their way of playing football. They switched from pragmatism to trying to expand, and back again a few times. They’ve been stymied by their last two (ish) reigns of being David Moyes’s no-brand, not there, but there, Joe Royle war dogs.
It’s as if they don’t know what they want to be. For every Ancelotti, Martinez and Silva they hired, there were Allardyce, Moyes and Smith.
In theory, Rafa could do a very good job at Goodison. Actions are likely to dictate otherwise. Even if he does a good job, he is unlikely to be thanked for it. For examples of this, see his short spell responsible for Chelsea.
Due to that spell he had at Stamford Bridge, he removed the notion of having any job he refused, in the name of partisanship for Liverpool. Taking Everton The job is also within geographical reach of the Benitez family home. Remove the football amulet, he will be angry not to take a Premier League Work on his doorstep.
There will be an astonishing number of silent Everton players willing to give Rafa a chance, while others will choose the hour-long exasperation.
On the contrary, there will be a surprising amount of silent Liverpool residents who will not criticize him for taking a file Everton The work goes on, as long as Liverpool continues to do better than their new employers, while others will opt for around-the-clock exasperation.
Many football fans are addicted to emotions. I’m no different, except that I tend to avoid negativity. Rafa was fantastic for Liverpool, being the manager of some of the best moments of my life supporting Liverpool, and then being walked in the door by a careless owner. Taking Everton His job doesn’t mean his place among the Anfield furniture is in jeopardy.
So much water has passed under the bridge since then, that I’m not sure Rafa’s return to Anfield would have ever worked. We’ll never know the answer to that, but there’s no doubt that football and Liverpool have moved on since 2010.
Though, Rafa struggled to find peace. His time at Inter ended and he was apparently not fit for Serie A, except that he proved otherwise at Napoli. However, by all accounts, he was not as impressed with Naples as an environment. There were stories of him walking along the litter-strewn beaches shaking his head and taking pictures.
Won the European Cup in ChelseaWhile making fun of them for the “temporary” mark with which he was described, Rafa eventually heads home, and Real Madre – only to be unloved and unwelcome. He was sacked, just weeks after his team passed Rayo Vallecano ten times.
Rafa went to Newcastle United, where they “got it” – at least on the stands, if not in the conference room, where dysfunction reigned until he ran to China.
The thing with Rafa is that it’s polarizing. It is either understood and loved, or it is misunderstood and brushed aside at the first hint of disorder.
This is where it will most likely failفشل Everton, because he will walk in an arena where he is highly disliked by some from the start. Those who protest the loudest will actually be sharpening the end of a pitchfork and lighting those torches in order to ignite them.
Will these silent Evertons really take up the fight for Rafa when he’s being rounded up by the toughest guy?
Rafa V Everton He’ll be making an interesting sideshow on Merseyside that’ll be hard to ignore, no matter what paths he’s on.