Farhad Moshiri assures Rafa Benitez his job as the Everton manager is safe with the Toffees owner agreeing that the Spaniard needs time to revive the club… following a difficult summer transfer window and several injuries
- Farhad Moshiri has assured Rafa Benitez his job as Everton manager is safe
- Moshiri understands that the Spaniard needs time to revive the club’s fortunes
- Everton made a bright start to the season but they have dropped down the table
- Benitez’s squad has been compromised by a number of injuries this season
- They haven’t won since September 25 and have scored four goals in their last six
Farhad Moshiri has assured Rafa Benitez his job as Everton manager is safe and understands the Spaniard needs time to revive the club’s fortunes.
Though Everton made a bright start to the campaign, they have slithered down the table in recent weeks and Benitez has found his abilities to assemble a winning team compromised by a number of injuries on the back of a difficult summer transfer window.
Everton have not won since September 25 and have only scored four goals in the last six games. It is the kind of run that has led Moshiri, the club’s major shareholder, to get twitchy and consider making change, particularly with games looming against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Owner Farhad Moshiri has assured Rafa Benitez that his job as Everton manager is safe
Moshiri says he understands the Spaniard needs time to revive the club’s fortunes
That scenario, however, is unlikely to be the case this time. Bill Kenwright, Everton’s Chairman, visited Benitez at the club’s Finch Farm training base earlier this week and Moshiri has also been in regular contact to stress that he has the board’s backing.
‘I don’t want to be here for three years – I want to be here for even more,’ said Benitez, whose team face a demanding encounter at Brentford tomorrow. ‘I want to be here for the new stadium and try to be successful there also. Mr Moshiri, he knows.
‘I think Mr Moshiri is quite clever and we cannot complain because he has spent a lot of money. He is someone who is trying to improve the team and improve the club in every sense. He wants to do well but he knows, from when we had conversations in the beginning, they have to support me.
‘They have to support the structure in general, so that we can improve. All the conversations with him have been really positive. But we have to be realistic. If we analyse what happened in the summer window and what will happen in January, it’s not easy to find exactly what you want.
Benitez has found his abilities to assemble a winning team compromised by injuries
‘But it is important to change something. We tried to improve these areas and I think we did it without spending money. I’m really pleased with that but you cannot expect, when not spending money, to be much better than the teams around you who are spending a lot of money.’
Financial Fair Play restrictions meant Benitez was only able to spend £1.7million in the summer and he is resigned to the winter window being similar, even though Everton are crying out for investment in key areas of their squad.
Benitez was assured, nonetheless, by Kenwright that Everton will do all they can to get the players he needs. It is a difficult time for the club but this period is a product of the errors that have been made in recruitment dating back to former Director of Football Steve Walsh.
‘I would say I am talking with the Chairman at least three times a week,’ said Benitez. ‘I’m talking with Denise (Barrett-Baxendale), with Marcel (Brands); I’m talking with Mr Moshiri, so I am in contact all the time with the people on the board and the people who really care about the club.
Everton haven’t won since September 25 and have only scored four goals in the last six games
‘We have to be clever enough to find the players we will use in the right way but they will not be exactly the players who are top of the list for everyone because they will not be available. The players in the top sides want to play Champions League or the Europa League right now.
‘We can offer to them that we will improve but in the short term we have to be realistic and do the best that we can. We have to analyse things in perspective. Is everything going as quickly as we were expecting in terms of fixing problems and finding solutions? Maybe not.
‘We know it is a really difficult time because we are not winning, but at the same time we know what we did – and what we need to do.’