After conceding that Marcel Brands’ exit has given him greater power, Rafael Benitez believes he can assist push Everton in the right way.
The Spaniard guided his team to a 2-1 victory over Arsenal, ending an eight-game losing streak.
Brands claimed he stepped down as director of football due to a “clear divergence in the club’s vision.” When asked if it would give Benitez more transfer control, the Everton manager replied, “You may describe it this way.”
“I worked for years with a football director,” he continued. It isn’t a problem. Now we must consider the future and face a circumstance in which we must assume responsibility.
“The club has changed managers in the past and now they want to do something long term with a clear idea of what we want to achieve. With my experience and the people we have in the club I think we can guide things in the direction that will hopefully be the right one.”
“The reality is that the club was not progressing at the pace that maybe everybody was expecting,” Benitez said when asked about Brands’ departure. “Now it’s just really important to be positive about the future.”
Everton moved up to 12th place in the Premier League with the win, which came after scores of fans fled their seats in the 27th minute to protest the club’s direction under majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
Source: BBC Sport