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Everton 'still considering Rafael Benitez as Nuno Espirito Santo talks stall'

Everton 'still considering Benitez as Nuno talks stall'
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Everton are still reportedly considering the appointment of former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

Everton are still reportedly considering the appointment of former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez if they fail in their attempts to lure Nuno Espirito Santo to Goodison Park.

The Toffees have been in advanced talks with the former Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach over the last few weeks, but no agreement has yet been reached.

Even though the potential arrival of Benitez could cause widespread backlash amongst Everton supporters, according to talkSPORT, the club's owner Farhad Moshiri is open to the idea of brining the Spaniard to the blue side of Merseyside.

Everton were not expecting to be in the hunt for a new manager this summer, however Carlo Ancelotti decided to leave the club after 18 months in charge and return to Spanish giants Real Madrid, replacing Zinedine Zidane at the helm.

After leading Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005 and winning the FA Cup a year later, Benitez is admired by the Reds as one of the club's greatest ever managers.

The 61-year-old has also had spells with Premier League duo Chelsea and Newcastle United, as well as Inter Milan, Napoli, Real Madrid and Valencia.

Benitez's most recent managerial role was with Chinese outfit Dalian Professional, but in January he decided to leave after 18 months in charge, citing the health and well-being of his family during the coronavirus pandemic as one of the reasons for his departure.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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