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Rafa Benitez edges closer to Everton job as talks progress despite fan backlash

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Rafa Benitez has held further discussions with Everton’s owners, to take an important step closer to the manager’s job.

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But that did not stall talks completely, and the Benitez camp remain confident that the Everton hierarchy will confirm a contract after several positive meetings.



A backlash from fans last week - with thousands making clear their anger at the prospective appointment - seemed to have dampened the enthusiasm of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and his backers.



Benitez has provoked a similar response, but Moshiri has allies in the likes of influential club sponsor Alisher Usmanov, which has given him the confidence to continue talks with a manager who is still so closely associated with the Blues’ biggest rivals.

We understand secret talks were held at the weekend, with the former Liverpool manager’s representatives thrashing out the finer details of a deal which now looks set to be confirmed in the coming days.

Sam Allardyce had his contract paid up after less than six months because the fanbase refused to accept him and style of football at the club.
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