Roman Abramovich provided a great reference to Rafael Benitez in Farhad Moshiri
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s benchmark played a major role in convincing Everton boss Farhad Moshiri to appoint Rafael Benitez as Goodison Park’s new manager, according to The Athletic.
Benitez was confirmed as Everton manager on Wednesday afternoon after signing a three-year contract with the Merseyside club.
The club have endured heartbreak in their pursuit of the Spaniard from a vocal section of Everton fans due to his legendary status at Liverpool and previous jibes against the Toffees when he was manager at Anfield.
But Moshiri turned on and pushed the club to name Benitez despite the reluctance of some supporters.
It has been claimed that a phone call with Abramovich convinced the Everton boss that he was right to seek out the Spaniard.
The Chelsea owner provided a glowing reference to Benitez and it convinced Moshiri that the 61-year-old was his man.
Benitez’s short reign as Chelsea manager also faced strong opposition from fans as Chelsea supporters disliked him, but the Russian stressed that he is one of the best managers he is with. worked.
“Roman told him [Moshiri] Benitez is one of the best managers he’s ever worked with., a source told Athletic.
“He was extremely positive about her as a manager and as a person.
“He praised how he managed to keep the dressing room behind him, his performances at Chelsea under pressure and his ‘big balls’ for weathering the storm.
“It was a very influential call in Moshiri’s decision making.”
Benitez hopes to close the gap with Everton fans as soon as possible and put them on his side once the season begins next month.