Saturday Dec 04, 2021. 16:00
Former Nigeria international Victor Anichebe strongly believes that Rafael Benitez was not the right manager to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Everton FC.
The Toffees are struggling in the English Premier League under the experienced Spanish tactician, who joined the club in June this year having previously managed their arch-rivals Liverpool FC.
They are currently placed 14th on the league standings – five points above the relegation and they extended their winless run to eight matches when they were hammered 4-0 by Liverpool on Wednesday.
Anichebe, who was on the books of Everton between 2006 and 2013, feels that the club’s fans are no longer backing Spanish La Liga, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa Cup winning-manager Benitez.
“There’s no doubt that Benitez is a good manager. He’s a really, really top manager,” Anichebe told Sky Sports.
“But he’s not the right appointment for Everton. It’s just as simple as that. The fans will never take to him, they’ll never ever take to him.
“I don’t really know where they’re going to go from here. Yes they have missed Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Andre Gomes and some top players but they’re still not going to take to him even if they get some good results,” he continued.
“If you look at how it is right now, you talk about culture, there’s just nothing there. “The fans don’t really seem to be supporting the manager at all. “It’s only going to get worse and the atmosphere yesterday was probably the worst I’ve ever seen it.”
Everton will play host to Arsenal FC on Monday in their next Premier League game at Goodison Park.