Everton have fired their manager Rafa Benitez after 200 days of appointment after a poor run of results.
The Spaniard was told to walk after an emergency meeting on Sunday following a 2-1 loss to Norwich in the league.
The former Liverpool, Valencia, Real Madrid and Napoli manager was appointed Everton boss last summer but he failed to win over the Goodison Park faithful as the fans displayed a banner calling for his exit during their game yesterday.
It will be recalled the same banner was flown in their FA Cup win over Hull.
The statement revealed on the Club’s website revealed that “an update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.”
“Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as First Team manager. Benitez, who joined Everton in June 2021, has left the Club with immediate effect.Everton FC official statement
An update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.
Everton have officially sacked Rafa Benitez, confirmed as expected after yesterday emergency meeting.
Board now considering two candidates shortlist to find a replacement. 🔵
Speaking after the sack, Benitez through his own website said “the financial situation” and “injuries” made life a living hell for him during his tenure at the blue half of Merseyside.
“We knew it wouldn’t be easy, and that it was a big challenge, both emotionally and in terms of sport. My love for this city, for Merseyside and its people, made me accept this challenge, but it is only when you are inside that you realise the magnitude of the task.
We didn’t only have to get results, but we also had to win over people’s hearts. However, the financial situation and then the injuries that followed made things even harder. I am convinced that we would have been better once the injured players were back and with the arrival of the new signings. The road to success isn’t easy and sadly, nowadays in football there is a search for immediate results and there is always less and less patience; unfortunately circumstances have determined the results and it won’t be possible to continue this project.
In any case, thank you to the Board, to the staff, to the players, and to those fans who have supported us during this time.
My best wishes for EFC.”Rafa Benítez
Everton have lost nine of their past 13 league games, including a 4-1 home defeat by Merseyside rivals Liverpool and a 5-2 home defeat against relegation strugglers Watford.
They have only mustered a victory in their last 13 games and yesterday’s loss was Benitez’s 100th in the Premier League.
No one has been named as a replacement currently but the names of Graham Potter, Wayne Rooney, Roberto Martinez have been making rounds.