Rafa Benitez is the new Everton boss

Rafa Benitez has agreed personal terms with Everton and will be confirmed as their new manager in the coming days.

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Everton remained and needed to find a new manager after Carlo Ancelotti’s surprise return to Real Madrid and turned to Benitez after talks with other candidates, including Nuno Espirito Santo, led to nothing.

Club owner Farhad Moshiri is keen to make a big splash with his next meeting, hoping to replace Ancelotti with someone with an equally high profile, and many at Everton are quickly aiming for Benitez.

Despite some hostility from fans due to his time with Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals, Everton have pushed forward with their interest in Benitez and sources have confirmed for 90 minutes that a deal is nearing completion.

The talks are so advanced that a contract has already been formally signed and now only Benitez’s signature is missing, which is expected to come immediately.

Benitez is keen to return to the Premier League / Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Benitez, whose family still lives in Wirral, has been looking to return to the Premier League for the past 12 months and is obviously happy about the possibility of resuming work at Liverpool.

But Benitez’s desire to join Everton has not been shared by a number of supporters from both Merseyside rivals. The manager was less than free at Toffees during his time in Liverpool and has received criticism from both fan bases for his plans to join Everton.

The concern for fans ran to an ugly level on Monday when local police confirmed that they were investigating a threatening banner left near Benitez’s family home.

Benitez has been targeted by fans / Henry Browne / Getty Images

Pictures appeared online of a banner with the text ‘We know where you live. Do not sign ‘, which ironically was left outside the wrong house but close enough to Benitez’s residence for the police to be convinced that he was the intended target.

Since leaving Liverpool, Benitez has apologized for his comments to Everton, but a handful of supporters continue to express their frustration over his impending appointment.

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