Jamie Carragher urges Everton to appoint ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged Everton to make Rafa Benitez their next manager following Carlo Ancelotti's swift exit on Tuesday.

Ancelotti left his role with the Toffees to return to Real Madrid, replacing Zinedine Zidane, after around 18 months at Goodison Park.

Everton will now be looking for a new manager for next season, with unemployed pair Nuno Espirito Santo and Eddie Howe both emerging as favourites for the job.

But boyhood Toffees fan and ex-Liverpool defender Carragher thinks that they should look no further than his old boss Benitez, who led the Reds to Champions League glory in 2005.

"Of the names instantly linked with Everton as the Ancelotti news broke, who is more qualified than my former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez?" Carragher wrote in his column for the Telegraph.

"Rafa is available, settled in the area and I am sure he is ready if Moshiri is prepared to consider one of the more shocking managerial appointments in Merseyside football history.

"At the very least, Benitez should be under consideration as Moshiri begins yet another managerial quest. And not for the first time, before the owner decides the right candidate, he has to be clear of the football direction he wants to take.

"As an outsider looking into any club's recruitment process, it is confusing and worrying when you hear so many candidates mentioned who are different in terms of their personality and playing style.

"If a shortlist includes, say, Eddie Howe or Graham Potter, you can tell the club’s board is looking for a specific profile of a young, progressive coach.

"If that same shortlist consists of Nuno Espirito Santo, it suggests the club is not sure what brand of football they want, Wolves being a well-organised but defensive, counter-attacking side for the last few seasons. With respect, I am not sure that would go down well at Goodison Park.

"With Ancelotti, Everton pursued the tried-and-tested, proven experienced manager and stellar name. If that is what Moshiri still wants, Benitez is an obvious candidate."

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