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Football | Everton appoint Rafael Benitez as new manager

Rafael Benitez has agreed a three-year deal to become the next Everton manager.

Former Liverpool manager Benitez, who still lives in the city, replaces Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park. The 61-year-old becomes only the second manager in history after William Edward Barclay (who did so in the late 1800s) to manage both clubs.

The Spaniard will begin work with the Toffees squad when preseason commences on July fifth.

"I am delighted to be joining Everton," Benitez said.

"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.

"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."

Duncan Ferguson and Alan Kelly will be part of Benitez' backroom staff on Merseyside, with further additions to be named in due course.

Everton also confirmed Benitez' appointment in an official statement:

"Everton Football Club can confirm the appointment of Rafael Benitez as the Club’s new manager.

"The Spaniard joins the Club on a three-year deal and will commence work with the squad when they return to USM Finch Farm for pre-season training from 5 July.

"The appointment of Benitez comes after a robust and wide-reaching recruitment process by the Club over the past three weeks – a process which has included multiple interviews with several candidates.

"Benitez has a hugely impressive track record with the clubs he has managed throughout his career, securing seven major honours including La Liga titles, the Coppa Italia, the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League during managerial spells in Spain, England and Italy."

Benitez, who won a Champions League and an FA Cup at Anfield, will be hoping to improve on Everton's 10th-place finish in the Premier League last season.

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