By Emmanuel Okogba
Everton have parted ways with coach Rafa Benitez, the club announced on Sunday.
The decision to relieve Benitez of his duties was taken after a meeting by the board following a surprising loss to bottom of the table club, Norwich City on Saturday.
Benitez leaves the club just six months into his contract and has now managed four different Premier League clubs.
The Toffees have won just once in the Premier League since September; sit 15th in the table, and six points above the relegation zone. The poor run of form have led to Everton fans calling for the sack of the former Liverpool boss.
A short club statement obtained by Vanguard from the club’s website reads, “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.”