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New Everton boss Benitez insists: Backlash doesn't scare me - it's the opposite!

New Everton boss Rafa Benitez is confident winning over the Blues support - despite his Liverpool past.

Despite the uproar, Benitez has used his first public address as Everton boss to outline that he is not afraid of any backlash.

"It was easy for me as I wanted to come back with a competitive team. For sure no [I wasn't put off by the banners]. I was convinced this was a great opportunity," said Benitez.

"It's not something I'm scared of. It's the opposite.

"About the banners - we can talk about one, two people. You never know."

During his time at Anfield, Benitez once described Everton as a 'small club' - a remark which generated considerable controversy in the blue half of Merseyside.

Asked about this, Benitez said: "It depends on the context. It was a long time ago. You are fighting for your club and that is what I will do now. I will fight for Everton.

"I will try to do my best every single game. I am really pleased this club is getting bigger every single day."

The Spaniard, who guided the Reds to Champions League glory in 2005, said: "I was convinced when I decided to say yes, or even decided to start talking. It's not something I'm scared of, it's the opposite. I want to win, I want to do well."

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