Rafael Benitez was sacked as Everton manager on Sunday after just 200 days in charge.
Everton fans voiced their anger at Rafael Benitez during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Norwich
Benitez was an unpopular appointment in June last year after his long spell with Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
Everton has suffered nine defeats in the last 13 league matches, the latest being a 2-1 loss at lowly Norwich on Saturday.
“Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as first-team manager,” a club statement said.
“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.”
Wayne Rooney is being considered as favorite to take over. Rooney had two spells at the club as a player either side of his successful time at Manchester United.
Rooney’s former Merseyside team-mate Frank Lampard, sacked by Chelsea last year, is another contender for the job. Brighton boss Graham Potter and Paulo Fonseca, whose last job was with Roma, could also be in the running.
“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” – Benitez wrote on his website.
Benitez had infuriated Everton fans by describing them as a “small” club during his time at Liverpool, who he led to a Champions League final triumph against AC Milan in 2005.
How it ended.
Merseyside fans chanted for his dismissal during the Norwich game. They held up a banner reading ‘Benitez get out of our club’, while one supporter invaded the pitch in an attempt to confront the former Real Madrid boss during the Sunday’s loss to Norwich.
Benitez leaves Goodison Park with Everton languishing in 16th place, just six points above the relegation zone.