Rafael Benitez is set to be named Everton’s new manager next week after the former Liverpool boss has agreed to key aspects of his contract with the club.
Benitez is expected to sign his new deal in the coming days, with Everton hoping to confirm his arrival early next week.
The 61-year-old will become the fifth permanent coach for the Toffees in as many years and replace Carlo Ancelotti, who left Goodison Park to return to Real Madrid earlier this month.
Benitez’s arrival will come 11 years after leaving Anfield, where he spent six years as manager of Liverpool, winning the Champions League and the FA Cup.
The Spaniard was also Chelsea’s interim manager for most of the 2012/13 season – ending in the Europa League victory – while he also coached Newcastle for more than three years before moving to the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
Benitez has been out of work since leaving Chinese club Dalian Pro, which he joined after leaving St James’ Park.
Benitez has also managed Inter Milan, Napoli – where he won Coppa Italia – and Real Madrid since his time at Liverpool.
Before moving to Anfield, he led Valencia to the La Liga title in 2002 and 2004.
While Everton looks set to nominate Benitez, they also had talks with ex-Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and had taken an interest in David Moyes.
However, Nuno is now in talks with Tottenham to end their long search for a new boss, while Moyes has signed a new three-year deal with West Ham.
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