Rafa Benitez’s admission of being sacked by Everton after terrible Norwich defeat

NORWICH CITY 2-1 EVERTON: The Spaniard was not a popular choice when he was appointed to Goodison Park last summer, and despite being strongly backed by the club’s board, a big part of the fans continues to call for his departure.

Benitez’s long-term future is seriously uncertain

Rafa Benitez has admitted his future is “not in my hands” after a defeat at Norwich put more pressure on the beleaguered Everton boss.

Michael Keane’s own goal put Norwich ahead and Adam Idam doubled their first-half lead before Richarlison’s spectacular header reduced the deficit.

But Everton were unable to fight back any further and Benitez faced calls for his header from fans who had made the trip, with one leaving no doubt that he wanted him out after passing the stewards on the pitch.

Benitez said: “We are disappointed like the fans. We have to improve things on the pitch and with the players coming back we have to make the right decisions.

“I am a professional and I have enough experience.

“I came here to solve problems that had been happening for five years.

“What I need to do now is analyze the mistakes we make and make sure I avoid them in the future. The rest is out of my hands.”

Everton fans hold a protest banner against Everton manager Rafael Benitez



Benitez is feeling the heat like never before in his reign as Everton manager after an embarrassing defeat at Norwich.

The Canaries started the day bottom of the Premier League – a position they have held for most of the season.

But they finished with a nice 18th place, their best ranking in the league this season.

The final whistle was greeted with chants of ‘Sack the board’ from the Evertonians who had made the trip to Norfolk.

Those same tongues having once again made their feelings for the manager clear when they joined in playful promptings from Norwich supporters that he was going to be ‘sacked in the morning’.

There were also more personal teasings, those of a “Spanish waiter” nature.

And when one fan took to the pitch during the first half, he left the manager in no doubt as to what – or whom – was invoking his anger, even though he only reached the half of the playing surface.

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A pitch invader is escorted off the pitch after approaching the Everton dugout during the Premier League game at Carrow Road



It’s really hard to see this relationship, if that’s what you can call it, last much longer and quite why Benitez would want it is anyone’s guess. Money aside, of course.

He added: “We didn’t start the game well in terms of control.

“After making a few mistakes, we had another mountain to climb.

“We changed in the second half with two new players and the team was much better and more dominant, and the returning players will make the team stronger.

“I’m really disappointed that we lost and disappointed for the fans traveling to support – it’s not an ideal situation.”

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