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Rafael Benitez diz que os fãs do Everton têm "muito apoio", apesar da nomeação controversa

Rafael Benitez diz que os fãs do Everton têm "muito apoio", apesar da nomeação controversa
The former Liverpool coach gave his first press conference as Toffees manager on Wednesday

Rafael Benitez has said Everton fans have been “very supportive” after he was appointed manager of the Premier League club.

The Spaniard was appointed on a three-year deal following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure for Real Madrid at the end of last season but the move threatened to be an unpopular one with Everton supporters given Benitez’s achievements with rivals Liverpool, who he managed from 2004 para 2010.

Merseyside Police also investigated an anti-Benitez banner hung close to his home on the Wirral prior to his appointment.

But the 61-year-old said he was not worried about the response of the fans and said he had been welcomed back to the city by fans on both the blue and red sides of Liverpool.

“Evertonians around my place they are quite happy and very supportive,” Benitez said at his first press conference as Everton manager.

“Even the Liverpool fans were very accepting of this opportunity for me to return to the Premier League, to compete for something. So it was a good feeling.

“Talking about the banners, we can talk about one or two people, you never know. I think it’s better to think about the positives, how a lot of people were encouraging me to do well and I’m happy with that.”

Benitez has also managed Valencia, Inter Milan, Napoli, Real Madrid and Newcastle in his career, while his last position saw him take charge in the Chinese Super League.

Everton finished 10th in the Premier League last season after their push for European qualification was scuppered by the club’s poor home record at Goodison.

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