Everton sack manager Rafa Benítez after poor Premier League results

By Simon Evans

Jan 16 (Reuters) – Everton sacked manager Rafael Benitez on Sunday following a 2-1 loss at Norwich City that left the Merseyside club 15th in the Premier League and six points above the relegation zone.

Appointed six months ago, the former Liverpool manager was a controversial choice for Everton supporters and after a promising start to the season, his side began to slide down the table.

“Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benítez as the team’s first manager. Benítez, who joined Everton in June 2021, has left the Club with immediate effect,” the club said in a statement. “An update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.”

Everton have won just once in the Premier League since September and supporters who traveled to Carrow Road took their anger out on the Spaniard and the club’s board at the end of their loss to Norwich.

Former Real Madrid and Valencia manager Benitez is the latest manager to fail to live up to expectations at Goodison Park and they are now looking for their seventh chief manager in six years.

Since current Belgium manager Roberto Martinez left the club in 2016, Everton have turned to Dutchman Ronald Koeman, Englishman Sam Allardyce, Portuguese Marco Silva and Italian Carlo Ancelotti before Benitez’s brief spell. The club hasn’t finished in the top six since 2014.

The 61-year-old Benitez, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, had returned to the Premier League following a spell at Newcastle United after a spell in China.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru, Edited in Spanish by Manuel Farías)


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