Rafa Benitez is the amazing new name in the frame to replace Ronald Koeman at Everton.
The former Liverpool chief is high up on the list of potential successors to Koeman if he is fired by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
Toffees’ players are now convinced it is only a matter of time before Koeman loses his job at Goodison Park.
An approach for Benitez, who led Merseyside rivals Liverpool to Champions League success in 2005, would be a remarkable move for Everton.
The Newcastle chief is in a powerful position with the fans at St James’ Park but he has never quite convinced owner Mike Ashley to loosen the purse strings.
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Benitez still has a house on Merseyside and is highly ambitious.
Despite his emotional bond with Liverpool fans, Moshiri’s advisors have earmarked him for the move if Koeman is sacked.
Although Everton are historically reluctant to fire managers, Koeman spent so much money in the summer that they expected far better from the team.
The Toffees travel to Brighton today looking to pick up a much-needed win.
Everton then host French giants Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday before playing Arsenal next weekend.