Rafa Benitez admits he has to deliver results at Everton despite FFP restrictions, as the Spaniard draws on experience at clubs with little money to ‘improve what we have’
- Rafa Benitez has made a strong start at Everton, still unbeaten after three games
- The Toffees take on Burnley in the Premier League on Monday at Goodison Park
- Everton couldn’t spend as much as their rivals with FFP cracking this summer
- Benitez is used to a tight budget and says he is still under pressure to perform
Rafa Benitez insists he remains under the same pressure to deliver, despite starting his reign as Everton manager with financial constraints.
Benitez made his mark in the early weeks of the campaign, making Everton harder to beat and putting more energy into their game. They are unbeaten in three games and will look to extend that streak tonight against Burnley at Goodison Park.
Everton’s largest shareholder Farhad Moshiri has always supported his managers and has invested more than £500million since he took over but Benitez has not been able to spend as Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and Carlo Ancelotti previously did him .
Everton undergoing refurbishment under Rafa Benitez and off to a strong start this season
Benitez has experience with a club like Newcastle with small budgets and is now facing the same
The Spaniard made a number of experienced free transfers during the window, such as Andros Townsend and Salomon Rondon, while Demarai Gray was his biggest signing with £1.25 million.
Everton has been hit by the rules of Financial Fair Play and has to cut their wage bill. But while Benitez is limited, he says there will be no difference in the expectation of getting results for Moshiri.
“My life as a manager was normally with teams where we didn’t have too much money and we had to sell players to bring players in,” Benitez said.
The Toffees have had to focus on free buys this summer, like veteran winger Andros Townsend
“As I’ve said before, we’re lucky to have owners willing to spend money and we need to find a way to do it right.
“They know that we work very hard to improve the players, improve each individual player and the team. The fans know and appreciate that.
“They know how the team finished last year and see the difference in the commitment and style of football. It’s all about improving what we have. At the same time, we can’t talk about that in three months if we don’t perform.’