Alan Brazil has claimed that the appointment of Rafa Benitez as Everton’s new manager could cause a civil war within the Everton board.
The former Liverpool tactician is widely tipped to be on the verge of being confirmed as the successor to Carlo Ancelotti, who recently departed Goodison Park for Real Madrid following an approach from the Spanish side.
Enraged Toffees have already strewn offensive banners filled with expletives outside of Goodison Park in a tell-tale symptom of the divisiveness a Benitez appointment would cause.
In Brazil’s view, such bitterness and division is almost certain to spill over into the boardroom itself, with the Scottish pundit predicting a potential exodus of club officials.
Speaking on talkSPORT [09:14, 17/06/21], Brazil discussed the potential magnitude he has been informed about regarding split thinking at Everton:
“I’m told that there is a big problem in the board over this, a big, big problem in the board over this Benitez call,” Brazil said.
“If he takes the job it’s going to split the board right down the middle, with people perhaps leaving.
“There is a big, big split in the board over this. It’s not good.”
Club owner Farhad Moshiri is reportedly a key proponent of a possible Benitez reign at Goodison Park, with The Times’ Duncan Castles claiming that chairman Bill Kenwright is also in favour on the Transfer Window podcast.
However, director of football Marcel Brands has played an integral role in club policy in recent years, with the Dutchman charged with recruitment at Goodison Park.
According to the Mirror, Brands is “concerned” by Benitez’ previous reluctance to lend control to a director of football, placing the existing club model at odds with Benitez’ past preferences.
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Given the potential backlash from both within and outside of the boardroom, the Benitez saga has the potential to turn ugly.
Everton would do well not to alienate the fans, even if early sporting merit could redeem Benitez in the eyes of Evertonians.