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Thursday’s Toffee Bites: Usmanov influence on Benitez hiring and salary, more Pickford praise

Recapping all the Everton news from yesterday

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England Training Camp - Euro 2020
Jordan Pickford with Harry Maguire
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Yesterday was a big news day for the Blues with the club finally formalizing the appointment of Rafael Benitez as the new manager.

All the Benitez reaction, comments, analysis and more in one place

There were pieces on Benitez’s first interview, Moshiri’s reasoning on choosing Benitez, a belated welcome from Brands, the eye-watering salary he’ll be getting, and a call for unity among the fanbase.

Away from RBM, there was plenty of excellent content published about the signing of the 61-year-old.

Here’s a look at Benitez’s tactics and which Everton players will thrive under him. [The Athletic (paywall)]

Alisher Usmanov was the one responsible for convincing Farhad Moshiri that Benitez was the right man for the job and how much he’ll be getting paid. [Independent]

Nuno Espirito Santo, who signed for Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, was considered ‘too negative’ by the Everton Board. [Telegraph (paywall)]

We’re building up to the quarter-finals in both the Euros and the Copa America - we’ll have knockout stage previews and how to watch posts as Everton’s representatives in both tournaments march on.

Jordan Pickford has been excellent not only during this tournament but also in the months leading up to the summer. As Evertonians we might have known it, but now everyone is seeing it.

Here’s some praise for the goalkeeper from defender Harry Maguire. [Optus]

Former England goalie Peter Shilton has also noticed how calm and collected the Everton netminder has been. [Daily Mail]

Speaking of goalies, West Ham United have joined Burnley and Brighton in the race for Sweden international Robin Olsen who spent last season on loan at the Blues. [TEAMTalk]

While we’re still at the Euros, Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic has been making all the headlines with his three goals at the tournament. Everton had inquired about him before the tournament started, and now his price tag has doubled. [TEAMTalk]

What To Watch

After an epic Round of 16 at the European Championships, we are on a two-day recess before the quarter-finals kickoff on Friday. The Copa America is at the same stage as well, and also will have two games on Friday.

Full schedule of games worldwide here.

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