Rafa Benitez was sacked by Everton after 200 days in control on Sunday with a harsh 40-word statement that offered no thanks to the manager whose arrangement appointment was always contentious with fans.
The Spaniard never conquered his successful association with Liverpool, whose arena is just a mile (1.6 kilometers) from Goodison Park across Stanley Park, and his position turned out to be increasingly untenable as Everton sunk nearer to the relegation zone.
Benitez’s name was chanted at Anfield within minutes after the announcement by Liverpool fans during their match against Brentford.
A 2-1 loss against Norwich on Saturday left Everton six points above the relegation zone with just one win in the league since September.
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“Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as first-team manager,” the club said in a statement. “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.”