Merseyside Police are investigating after a threatening banner apparently targeting Everton’s future boss Rafa Benitez was hung near the family home.
Images circulated on social media of a banner reading ‘We know where you live, don’t sign’, which was reportedly placed near the Spaniard’s home in Wirral – where his family has lived since his time as as Liverpool manager.
“We can confirm that police are investigating reports of a threatening banner at a location in Caldy today, Monday June 28,” a statement from Merseyside Police said.
At around 7 a.m., it was reported that a banner made of bed sheets had been placed on a wall and bushes in a residential driveway, with wording allegedly aimed at football manager Rafa Benitez.
“If anyone has any information on who produced the banner or helped set it up, please let us know as soon as possible.”
Detective Inspector Darren Taylor said: “This post naturally caused distress and concern among locals. Due to the footballing language used, we suspect it was aimed at Rafa Benitez – but whoever did placed the message left him outside the wrong house. “
Benitez’s past at Anfield has sparked opposition to his appointment among some Evertonians, and various banners have been displayed around Goodison Park in recent days.
Other supporters showed their support for the Spaniard, a banner which was placed near Goodison on Monday said: “Welcome Rafa, from the real Blues”.
The 61-year-old, who has won a Champions League title, UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup in Liverpool, is expected to be named Everton’s new manager this week after agreeing on key aspects of his contract with the club.
He will become the fifth permanent manager for the Toffees in as many years and replace Carlo Ancelotti, who left Goodison Park to return to Real Madrid earlier this month.
Everton are said to have considered up to eight candidates before deciding on Benitez, who stepped down as head coach of Dalian Yifang earlier this year.
Allardyce: Everton fans will love Benitez if he wins
Sam Allardyce believes Benitez can appease any Everton fans unhappy with his expected date just by winning matches.
Allardyce, who served as Everton’s boss for six months in the 2017/18 season, believes any bad feelings towards Benitez on the part of the supporters will subside if the team is successful on the pitch.
âThe fans are on your side when you start to win, that’s what it is,â he said. Sky Sports News.
“I’m sure there are a lot of Everton fans who are not happy with the situation because of the rivalry with Liverpool. Rafa’s record is very good.
âYou can talk about the style of football you play, first winning, then winning and playing well is the ultimate goal.
“There is so much talk about the style of football, it overshadows what is more important, winning games and finishing the league up to expectations and the money spent.”