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Football | Everton sack Rafael Benitez

Everton have sacked manager Rafael Benitez just over six months after appointing the former Liverpool manager.

The decision comes after the Toffees' 2-1 defeat to Norwich City at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton are without a win since September, and the Merseyside club have slumped to 15th in the Premier League table.

Benitez's side, who collected an impressive 14 points in their opening seven games, have only won one of their last 13 league matches.

"Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as First Team manager," a brief club statement confirmed.

"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." 

Benitez also released a statement following his sacking, in which he mentioned "the magnitude of the task", and referenced Everton's financial situation and injuries.

"We knew it wouldn't be easy, and that it was a big challenge, both emotionally and in terms of sport," he wrote on his personal website.

"My love for this city, for Merseyside and its people, made me accept this challenge, but it is only when you are inside that you realise the magnitude of the task. From the very first day, my staff and myself worked as we always do, with commitment and full dedication, we didn't only have to get results, but we also had to win over people's hearts. However, the financial situation and then the injuries that followed made things even harder.

"I am convinced that we would have been better once the injured players were back and with the arrival of the new signings. 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.

"In any case, thank you to the Board, to the staff, to the players, and to those fans who have supported us during this time.

"My best wishes for EFC.

"Rafa Benítez."

Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and former Everton manager Roberto Martinez are reportedly among the candidates on Everton's shortlist.

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