Benitez's Message To Evertonians

It is a privilege to have been given the opportunity to manage Everton.

Having called Merseyside my home for the last 17 years, I have a very clear understanding of what makes this club so special.

This club is always striving to be the best. Simply competing in the top league is not enough.

That ambition and determination to succeed is something I share. I never want to just compete - at every club I have managed I have fought to win. My focus is always on one thing - fighting for the team I am managing. And I will do that for Everton.

The hard work starts now. It is a challenge I am relishing.

Rafael Benitez