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‘We have to prepare for future’ – Rafa Benitez reveals he’ll now take more control of Everton transfer after Brands axe

EVERTON manager Rafa Benitez suggested he now has more power over the club’s transfer activity after Marcel Brands’ departure.

Brands left his role as the Toffees’ director of football with immediate effect after a number of big-money transfer failures led to a major backlash.

Everton boss Rafa Benitez suggested he has more control of transfers after Marcel Brands' exit

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Everton boss Rafa Benitez suggested he has more control of transfers after Marcel Brands’ exitCredit: Getty
Rafa Benitez earned a new vote of confidence after leading Everton to a major win over Arsenal

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Rafa Benitez earned a new vote of confidence after leading Everton to a major win over ArsenalCredit: EPA

Benitez hinted he will have more of a say on signings from the January transfer window and beyond as he is already preparing for the future.

The Spanish head coach received a new vote of confidence on Monday when he led the Merseysiders to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

That was Everton‘s first win since September after a run of six losses in eight matches.

Benitez told Sky Sports: “It means we have to prepare now for the future.

“It is short-term and January. Then we have to think long term. 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.

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When asked if it meant he would have more control over Everton’s transfers, Benitez added: “You can say it in this way.

“People that are working now can give us all the information we need to make sure we make the right decisions.

“I was working for years with a director of football. It is not an issue.

“Now we have to think about the future and we have a situation where we must take responsibility.”

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