Rafael Benitez has been sacked by Everton following the Toffee’s woeful recent form. The Spaniard paid the price for a dreadful run which saw his side lose six of their last eight matches in the Premier League. And the feeble 2-1 defeat to struggling Norwich on Saturday was to be the final straw, with Benitez being relieved of his duties on Sunday.
A statement from the Merseysiders released on Sunday afternoon read: “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.
“An update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.”
All talk will now turn towards who will be Benitez’s successor, with Duncan Ferguson likely to take over on an interim basis.
The writing looked on the wall for Benitez after the loss to Norwich, and the board did not hang around before pulling the trigger.
Speaking after the defeat, Benitez said: “I am a professional and I have enough experience.
“I came here to fix issues that were coming from the last five years. What I have to do now is analyse the mistakes we are making and make sure we void that for the future.
“The rest is not in my hands.”
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp appeared convinced that Benitez would lose his job when he spoke about the situation on Saturday.
“Rafa has a habit of causing chaos at clubs,” he said. “He’s a politician, always blaming someone else, getting this person against that person.
“He creates an atmosphere with the crowd against the board everywhere he goes. I am convinced he’s doing it again now.
“I don’t see him lasting, I don’t like that I am talking about a manager in his position, but I think he will be out tonight.
“He was never the right fit though. The fans aren’t having him.
“Football fans, they genuinely want the best for the club, they want to win. Whoever is managing their team, they want them to win.
“But when you go to Norwich and play like that, he has to go.”