Everton held a two-and-a-half hour board meeting on Tuesday to discuss the managerial situation – notably the prospect of bringing Benitez on board – and what emerged was the fact that it does not have unanimous backing, says the Daily Mail.
A significant proportion of Everton supporters reacted with fury on Wednesday night about the prospect of Benitez taking charge at Goodison Park, with many unable to forget his time in charge at Anfield and a barb after a Merseyside derby in February 2007 that ended 0-0 when he called Everton: "a small club".
His suitability from a professional sense is beyond question, having won the Champions League, LaLiga and the Europa League twice during his career. His family have never left Merseyside and the position is undoubtedly attractive to the 61-year-old.
The situation, though, has similarities to the one that surrounded Nuno Espirito Santo, the former Wolves manager, who last Friday was led to believe that a written offer would be coming his way over the weekend but has yet to receive a formal proposition from majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.