Everton sack Rafa Benitez: Legendary Spain manager out after disappointing loss to struggling Norwich

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Everton have parted ways with manager Rafa Benitez, the club announced on Sunday. The sacking comes a day after the club’s 2-1 loss to Norwich City left them just six points above the Premier League drop zone. The Canaries had scored just eight goals in 20 games prior to the game but managed to find the net twice, although one was an own goal, and Everton were unable to respond in the second half so that the struggles have been going on against the Toffees lately.

It’s been a far from promising start to the season from the Liverpool-based club, with the Toffees currently trailing 5-4-10 in the league. They have lost three of their last four games and haven’t found any sort of stability and are now in 16th place.

Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as first-team manager.

Benitez, who joined Everton in June 2021, left the club with immediate effect.

An update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.

A coaching legend at Valencia and Liverpool, he has recorded just a 31.8 winning percentage at Everton since his appointment in June last year. It was his second-worst percentage this century, following his performance at Dalian Professional of China just before Everton. Everywhere else he had exceeded 42% and often much more, even at Newcastle where he coached from 2016-19.

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