A banner threatening Rafael Benítez if he joins Everton has been left near the former Liverpool manager’s family home, according to images on social media.
A banner reading “We know where you live. Don’t sign” is understood to have been placed near the home Benítez shares with his wife and two daughters in Wirral. The 61-year-old’s family have lived in the area since his time with Liverpool.
Banners protesting against Benítez’s possible appointment as Everton manager were draped on Goodison Park when it emerged he was the favoured candidate of the majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri. But this represents a more sinister act. It is not known whether Benítez or his family saw the banner.
Benítez could be unveiled as Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement this week having had several rounds of constructive talks with Moshiri. Contract details have been agreed in principle, with a three-year deal likely, and the make-up of his back-room team has been discussed.
Benítez faces widespread opposition to his appointment among Evertonians, although many have expressed anger at the banners since the images appeared on social media on Monday. His strong Liverpool allegiances and description of Everton as a “small club” in 2007 mean he will have significant obstacles to overcome if, as expected, he is confirmed as Everton’s sixth permanent manager in five years.