The Blues lost 3-0 to Norwich in their Premier League match at the weekend and manager Rafael Benitez has suggested that his position is under threat.
Rafael Benitez has been the Everton manager since November 2016, but he is yet to win a game in his tenure. The Spaniard was under intense pressure following the 3-0 defeat to Norwich City on Saturday.
At Carrow Road, there was a period in the first half when the home and away supporters came together.
The Everton travelling support asked that Rafael Benitez “leave our club.”
Norwich fans predicted that the opponent manager will be fired “in the morning.”
Intercepted on his way from the away end to the dugouts, the pitch invader didn’t seem to disagree with either.
With the 2-1 setback, the Toffees have now lost nine of their last 12 Premier League games, dropping from fourth to 15th in the rankings.
Farhad Moshiri, the owner of Everton, has been a vocal supporter of Rafael Benitez since his hiring in June. But how much longer can he keep his cool?
Benitez’s excuses are running out.
The Spaniard confesses he is at Moshiri’s mercy.
After Saturday’s setback, Benitez observed, “The rest is not in my control.”
During the loss at Carrow Road, fans held a banner asking that Benitez “leave our team.”
“I came here to address concerns that had arisen during the previous five years.”
“What I need to do now is look at the errors we’re making and make sure we don’t make them again.”
Although there may be long-term difficulties, Benitez requires a significant improvement in form in the short future.
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“I’m unhappy we don’t learn,” he expressed his disappointment. “We have made the same errors in the past and will continue to do so in the future.” We’ve worked on it, but we still get nervous when we’re on the field.
“We are gradually doing things that are beneficial for the future, such as bringing in and upgrading players, but the fact is that we must win on the field.”
Unrest among fans spreads.
Everton supporters were well-prepared. In the FA Cup victory over Hull last weekend, a banner demanding Benitez’s removal was spotted in the away end, and it was unfurled at Carrow Road when the visitors went down to two goals in the first half in the space of 94 seconds.
On the radio and online, the commotion persisted. Benitez became a social media sensation. In a negative manner. Duncan Ferguson has been suggested as a substitute.
Kevin Ratcliffe, a former captain, said he was “embarrassed” by the performance. external-link
“Benitez has been in the game long enough to know you have to achieve results, and if you don’t, you will probably lose your job,” ex-England striker Alan Shearer said on Match of the Day.
“Yes, the outcomes have been dismal, but the issues extend beyond the management. When you consider how many managers they’ve gone through and how much money they’ve spent on players, it’s complete crazy.”
“There is a lot of resentment surrounding Rafa,” Radio 5 Live correspondent John Southall remarked. They continue to make errors and do not seem to be learning. After the first goal, they completely lost their way.
“Regardless of how you look at it, Everton is in a bad position. The audience’s response at the conclusion summed it up perfectly. They seem to have had enough, and with the kind of personnel on hand, they should be performing much better.”
One listener on Radio 5 Live said that appointing a guy who had previously headed Everton’s cross-town rivals Liverpool for six years was doomed from the start.
‘It’s difficult to see how Benitez can survive,’ says one analyst.
Phil McNulty, the chief football writer,
Everton’s administration has been following their instincts to keep the manager they bet so much on in the summer, but it’s difficult to see how Rafael Benitez can recover from the humiliating defeat at Norwich City.
Farhad Moshiri, the club’s owner, was willing to overlook Benitez’s great Liverpool background – and an ill-judged statement labeling Everton a “little club” that still stings – in the assumption that he would be the man to restore stability to the club.
Everton’s season began brightly, with early victories and the success of new recruits Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray, but injuries to important players like as England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin sent the team into a spiral.
Benitez seems to have lost his way as well, with some strange squad decisions and a lack of the sure tactical touch that has always been his hallmark. The current streak is six points longer than the previous 39.
The defeat at Norwich further adds to the rising poison against Benitez and the Everton board, which has already seen director of football Marcel Brands resign, and there now seems to be too much resentment around the club and with the manager for him to stay in charge.
It would be typical of Everton’s perplexity if they fired Benitez after he sold France full-back Lucas Digne to Aston Villa after a squabble and allowed him to spend the £25 million on defenders Vitalii Mykolenko of Dynamo Kyiv and Nathan Patterson of Rangers.
Moshiri’s biggest risk at Everton was signing Benitez. It’s possible he’ll have to take another one now.