Everton fire Benitez after Norwich defeat

The Toffees have decided to make a change in the dugout following their 10th loss of the season Everton have fired head coach Rafael Benitez in the wake of their 2-1 loss at Norwich on Saturday. Benitez was initially drafted in to replace Carlo Ancelotti in the Goodison Park hot seat back in June, despite having previously managed Everton’s arch-rivals Liverpool between 2004 and 2010.

The Toffees began the 2021-22 campaign strongly under the Spaniard but quickly lost form amid the loss of a number of key players to injuries and positive Covid-19 tests, with a 2-1 defeat to relegation battling Norwich proving to be the last straw for an expectant board.

The club have confirmed Benitez’s exit in a statement, which reads: “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.”