English Premier League (EPL) football club Everton has sacked its manager, the Spaniard Rafa Benitez today (January 16).
He lasted just 200 days.
A club statement 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.”
The sacking follows Everton’s continuing slide down the table with yesterday seeing the Toffees going 2-1 down to lowly Norwich City.
Among the favourites in the running to succeed Benitez is former Manchester United and Everton player, Wayne Rooney who currently manages Derby County and former Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
Speaking after the loss to Norwich, 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 avoid that for the future. The rest is not in my hands. I just try to do my job,” Benitez added.
Everton who earlier this season were fourth in the table are now in sixteenth position, having managed just one win in thirteen games.