The deposed Everton coach Rafa Benitez sunned the club’s deal to sign Philippe Coutinho before he went to Aston Villa on loan.
It has emerged that Benitez refused the opportunity to sign Philippe Coutinho, even after the club had agreed on a deal to bring him back to Merseyside because he demanded the final say on all signings.
Rafa Benitez has been sacked after less than seven months and just 25 games in charge at Everton.
His reign was doomed from the start, as he was fired after the shortest tenure of any manager in club history, following a winless run of 13 games and a humiliating defeat to bottom-placed Norwich.
Benitez had attempted to take entire control of the club, pushing Director of Football Marcel Brands and popular French talent Lucas Digne to resign.
However, Benitez spoke of his sadness at his dismissal.
In a statement issued on his website, he said: “My love for this city, for Merseyside and its people, made me accept this challenge.
“We knew it wouldn’t be easy, and that it was a big challenge, both emotionally and in terms of sport, but it is only when you are inside that you realize the magnitude of the task.
“We didn’t only have to get results, but we also had to win over people’s hearts. However, the financial situation and then the injuries that followed made things even harder.
I am convinced that we would have been better once the injured players were back and with the arrival of the new signings…unfortunately circumstances have determined the results and it won’t be possible to continue this project.”
Rafa Benitez successor
Roberto Martinez, the former Everton coach has emerged as the favorite to become the next manager.
The Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has expressed interest in revitalizing the club and keeping them in the Premier League.
Everton has opened talks with the Belgian FA.
Talks with the Belgium governing body proceeded deep into Sunday night.
Everton will continue to negotiate with the Belgium FA and are hoping to agree on a deal that will see Martinez arrive before the weekend game against Aston Villa.