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Everton Hires Former Liverpool Boss Benitez as Manager

LIVERPOOL, England — Rafa Benitez secured his latest return to the Premier League on Wednesday when he was hired as manager of Everton, the local rival of his longtime former club Liverpool.

Everton said Benitez signed a three-year contract.

The Spanish coach will take charge of his fourth English top-flight team — after Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle — and is back in work five months after leaving Chinese club Dalian Professional because of family reasons during the pandemic.

Everton turned to the 61-year-old Benitez following the unexpected departure this month of Carlo Ancelotti, who joined Real Madrid after 18 months at Goodison Park.

It will go down as a slightly controversial appointment given Benitez's close ties with Liverpool, which he managed from 2004-10 and led to the Champions League title in 2005. His family has continued to live in Merseyside.

Benitez is an experienced, well-traveled and well-respected coach having also been in charge of leading teams like Real Madrid, Napoli, Inter Milan and Valencia.

He was especially popular at Newcastle, with whom he was relegated from the Premier League in 2016 and stayed to bring back into the lucrative top division the next season. He ended up leaving after a breakdown in his relationship with owner Mike Ashley.

In Everton's majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, Benitez will have a boss who has been willing to spend much more money than Ashley and has ambitions of returning the club to the top of English soccer.

It will leave Goodison, the team's home since the 1890s, for a new 52,000-seat stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock potentially from 2024.

Benitez takes over a team that finished in 10th place last season and hasn't won a major trophy since the FA Cup in 1995.

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