Everton have have confirmed the departure of manager Rafael Benitez following their shock 2-1 defeat at Norwich City on Saturday.
The Toffees’ loss at Carrow Road stretched their winless run in the Premier League to four matches and can only account for one win in their last 13 league matches.
The club has since resolved to part ways with their Spaniard manager following an announcement made on Sunday afternoon.
“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” a statement released by Everton reads.
The 61-year old gaffer who led Everton’s Merseyside rivals, Liverpool, to the UEFA Champions League title in 2005, took over the reins at Goodison Park in July 2021 on a three-year deal to succeed Carlo Ancelotti.
He leaves the Toffees hanging two places above the relegation zone in 16th position with 19 points after 19 rounds of play in the Premier League, only twice previously have they had fewer at this stage of a Premier League campaign (17 in 1997-98 and 2005-06).