On the evening of January 16 (Hanoi time), Everton announced the termination of the contract with Spanish coach Rafa Benitez.
“Everton can confirm Rafa Benitez, who recently arrived at Goodison Park in June 2021, will leave his post as first team head coach. A new coach will be announced by the club in due time,” the Everton website said. believe.
Before Benitez, 6 captains were fired including Dean Smith (Aston Villa), Nuno Santo (Tottenham), Daniel Farke (Norwich), Steve Bruce (Newcastle), Xisco Munoz (Watford), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man United).
The defeat against Norwich was the last straw that caused Benitez to lose his job.
Round 22 of the Premier League, Everton disappointed when they lost 1-2 to Norwich, the club was standing in the “red light” group.
Under coach Benitez, Everton earned 19 points from 19 Premier League matches, the worst performance of the Merseyside team in the first leg period since the 2005/06 season (17 points). “The Toffees” also lost 9 of the last 12 matches under the Spaniard.
Fans of the Merseyside blue team couldn’t stand this string of lousy achievements. They constantly brought banners to the field to put pressure on the leadership and Benitez himself.
Right from the start of the 2021/22 season, the decision to appoint Benitez by the Everton board was controversial, because this captain used to work for Liverpool, Everton’s rival club.
This military leader receives a salary of £ 7 million / season, but so far, the club he leads is 15th in the rankings with 19 points, 6 points more than the “red light” group.
The highlight of the personnel Benitez has created at Everton so far is the removal of James Rodriguez and Lucas Digne from the squad. These two players have respectively joined Al Rayyan (Qatar) and Aston Villa.
During the winter transfer window, Everton bought left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv for £ 22.15 million.