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Steven Gerrard shocked Rafael Benitez took up Everton role

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Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard admitted he was surprised that Rafael Benitez took up the Everton head coach role. Benitez was sacked after the 2-1 loss to Norwich which marked a run of 13 games with just one win in the Premier League. This run came after a promising start to his reign as they won four of their first six games.

“I’m disappointed for Rafa because obviously I’ve got a relationship and I’ve got an awful lot of respect for him,” Steven Gerrard said about Rafael Benitez. “I have to be honest, I thought it was a unique appointment at the time. I was surprised and shocked that Rafa wanted to go and have a go at that job. With his legacy and his relationship with Liverpool, that was a surprise. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out for whatever reasons. You’d have to be inside the club to know why which is none of my business.”

“Big Dunc will take the reins for this game and it’s quite obvious what kind of reaction he’ll get from the supporters and the players,” he added. “We need to be ready for that. “I think you’re going to see a real cauldron-like atmosphere at Goodison. They’ll be behind the team because the majority wanted a change. To have an iconic figure leading the team, I think it’ll be pretty similar to what happened when he took over previously. The atmosphere and the support behind the team changed and he got a big reaction out of the players.”

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