‘Benitez is not elite’ – Everton-linked boss criticised for the ‘way he operates’

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‘Benitez is not elite’ – Everton-linked boss criticised for the ‘way he operates’

Ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has been criticised by Simon Jordan for the “way he operates” and he has claimed that the Spaniard is not an “elite” manager.

The 61-year-old was manager of between 2004 and 2010. He was in charge when the Reds won the Champions League in Istanbul during the 2004/05 season.

Since leaving Liverpool, Benitez has been in charge of the likes of Chelsea, Newcastle United and Real Madrid.



They are on the lookout for Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement after he rejoined Real Madrid.

Jordan has told talkSPORT that Benitez is “capable” but he is not one of the “elite” managers:

“I can see Rafa Benitez pitching up wherever an opportunity benefits Rafa Benitez.

“It’s a great club, obviously there’s some history managing their great rival Everton have in Liverpool.

“There’s comments he’s made about Liverpool. After he departed to China for the integrity of one of the best leagues in the world and a big bag of money, I can absolutely understand him coming back and seeing an opportunity at Everton.

“He’s a good manager. He’s a very, very good manager – there’s no doubt about it. I just don’t like the way he operates.

“Ultimately, he’s had some very interesting results in his time at Liverpool and done some great things.

“But his career now is on a different trajectory. Elite doesn’t mean historically elite. It means you are at the top of your game at the moment you’ve been employed.

“People will argue, and the Newcastle fans will take in their particular brand of outrage on me observing Saint Rafa, that he is indeed elite, but he didn’t arrive at Newcastle because he was elite.

“He arrived at Newcastle because the options available to him were Newcastle United getting relegated that season, going to the Championship, and getting back up again.

“The options available to him are to go somewhere for a vast amount of money rather than a meaningful football club.

“I don’t think they get an elite manager, but a capable operator.”

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PSG confirm Wijnaldum signing following Liverpool exit

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PSG confirm Wijnaldum signing following Liverpool exit

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Gini Wijnaldum on a three-year deal.

The Dutch midfielder became the centre of a transfer race with his decision to leave Liverpool on a free.

Barcelona were the favourites to sign him, but PSG trumped them by .


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Wijnaldum’s move to the Parc des Princes was pretty much finalised on Monday. He’s signed a contract lasting until 2024, which will earn him around £8.6million per year.

Speaking about the move, the player said: “Signing for is a new challenge for me.

“I’m joining one of the best squads in Europe and I want to bring all my desire and commitment to this ambitious project.

“PSG have proved how good they are in recent years and I am convinced that together, with our supporters, we can go even further and higher.”

Wijnaldum will be aiming for domestic and European success in France. Managed by , the club will want to regain their Ligue 1 crown.

They finished second in 2020/21, just one point behind title winners Lille.

The French giants also reached the Champions League semi-final. They were 4-1 on aggregate.

Wijnaldum becomes Pochettino’s first signing since taking over in January. The tactician will now have to find a suitable system for the 30-year-old alongside Marco Verratti in midfield.

Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye are also available in the position.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will now step up their search for a replacement. Plenty of players have been linked, from Sheffield United’s Sander Berge to Ajax starlet .

The most likely option is . He’s been one of their best players in the last two seasons and looks set to become a top six star.

Signing Bissouma would also continue Liverpool’s transfer policy. They have a history of turning solid players from smaller Premier League clubs into top performers.

Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane are prime examples, alongside Wijnaldum himself.

Bissouma will cost more than those players as his price tag has been set at between £30-40million.

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