Rafael Benitez has been appointed as Everton’s new manager and will commence work with the squad when they return to USM Finch Farm for pre-season training from July 5th.

Benitez whose last stint in the Premier League was with Newcastle agreed a three-year contract to succeed Carlo Ancelotti’s at Goodison Park after the Italian took up the vacant coaching position at Real Madrid on June 1.

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Benitez becomes Everton’s fifth permanent manager in as many years and has received a mixed reaction from the Everton fanbase following news he is to be the club’s next boss.

Benitez spoke about the appointment after reaching agreement with the club.

In his words: “I am delighted to be joining Everton. Throughout this process I have been greatly impressed by the ambition shown by the senior representatives at the Club and their desire to bring success to this historic Club”.

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“I believe this is a Club that is going places. I’m determined to play a big part in helping this great Club achieve its ambitions.”

Benitez returns to Merseyside 11 years after he left Liverpool.

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