Instead, it’s hard to believe that Brands has had a lot to do with choosing any of the managers since he took office at Everton.
In fact, it’s been hard to know in the last few years what the point of hiring brands at Everton is.
Having him next to a managerial titan like Ancelotti and now Benitez is full of contradictions.
Such coaches go their own way. Ancelotti showed this when he sought to sign James Rodriguez for £ 250,000 a week. Like many club transfers in the last six years, it has proved to be an economic disaster as it has had financial fair play consequences, meaning Benitez has its hands tied in the transfer market as it has to sign Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and 1.5 million pounds spent only 1.5 million pounds. Salomon Rondon.
Benitez was apparently responsible for Everton’s low-budget contracts last summer and will make the list for January. If realistic goals cannot be achieved, it will not be surprising if tensions arise between Benitez and his football director.
Benitez has already made a name for himself at the club by replacing popular health services director Danny Donachie. As he has shown throughout his career, complete control is important to Rafa. He who does not share his vision does not last long.
Until he can sign more quality and pick what resembles a first-choice team, Benitez will never be able to consistently implement his plans or develop Everton’s style. He is currently returning to what he trusts most to players who are unable to perform regularly. This highlights the problem.
Benitez requires certain qualities from its players: organization, compactness and control.
His teams are not designed to dominate the ball. They are organized to give the opponent space and time to create opportunities. Whether pleasing to the eye or not, Benitez teams are at their best a nightmare to play against. Everton have started this season well. Even then, they didn’t play dynamic football with front legs, but reaped rewards from an extremely high conversion rate, even though they created relatively few opportunities.
Only two Premier League clubs have had fewer possessions this season than Everton. During Benitez’s spell in Newcastle, his team ranked 19th in possession statistics. That’s why Everton are in first place in terms of mileage per game, and Newcastle were fourth under Benitez.
There is nothing wrong with playing like this if done correctly.
If players stand away from the opponent and fail to aggressively close even on their own half – as has been the case in recent Everton games against Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and in the final stage Home defeats against Watford 5-2 – looks awful; worst of all, neither productive nor resilient.
This worrying trend is one of the reasons why it didn’t take long for the gray sky to gather again over Goodison Park.
Moshiri had a lot of punches when he crossed over to Benitez. For all the growing anxiety, he has to keep his nerves if the dissatisfaction escalates in the coming days and weeks.
Benitez knew what he was going into and how many changes were needed behind the scenes and in the dressing room before there could be a significant improvement on the pitch.
“Eighth place means nothing to me and I really mean it,” Benitez said at a recent news conference.
His ambition will always be higher, but he would bite off your hand if you offered it to him at the end of the season.
He needed time to take power in the summer, and now he needs time. This is what most Everton fans see. But time is a rare gift in football. Fans need some hope and will need it soon.
Otherwise, Benitez in the leadership sense may start to feel like he is against AC Milan with 3: 0 and desperately wants another miraculous comeback.