The new Everton manager trend is concerning, with links to Rafa Benitez, Manuel Pellegrini, and Fatih Terim.

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The new Everton manager trend is concerning, with links to Rafa Benitez, Manuel Pellegrini, and Fatih Terim.

Perhaps it was the revelation that Everton was not in a hurry to select a new manager, but conjecture over who would be the next Blues manager has devolved into nonsense.

Everton correspondent Phil Kirkbride of the ECHO reported on Wednesday evening that Goodison Park officials are “mindful not to rush into choosing a new manager” and “want to make sure they have done their full diligence on what is deliberately being termed as a “major choice.”

In some areas, this appears to have given the go-ahead to go all out in the speculative stakes.

Many Evertonians may have choked on their corn flakes when they heard that former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has emerged as a surprise candidate for the post, with Farhad Moshiri reportedly pushing him hard.

While there appears to be a thought that the out-of-work ex-Reds boss might like a shot at taking over at the neighbours he once dismissed as a “little club” now that they have a bit more cash to spend, following his vacation outside the top leagues — “Rafa’s guys are working overtime on attempting to get him the Everton job,” Richard Keys alleged, implying that Gwladys Street supporters are less forgiving than their team’s Iranian-born owner.

Following that, Sky Sports’ Vinny O’Connor tried to put paid to such rumors, claiming that the notion of Benitez, who has kept a family home on Merseyside since his arrival at Anfield in 2004, being appointed was “extremely implausible” and that the club’s comments were designed to play that link down.

However, as the day progressed, the names proposed seemed to become more and more bizarre.

Then there was Manuel Pellegrini, who is presently the manager of Real Betis at the age of 67.

The seasoned Chilean. The summary comes to a close.

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