EVERTON have fired manager Rafael Benitez following Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Norwich.
“Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as first team manager,” a short statement read.
“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.”
In all competitions, Everton won only seven of their 22 games under Benitez, drawing four and losing 11, including a 4-1 loss to Liverpool at Goodison in December.
Benitez had been in his fourth spell in the English top flight, having also managed Chelsea and Newcastle after his time at Anfield.
It remains to be seen whether the Spaniard will be given another chance in the Premier League, though it has already been suggested that he could eventually return to Newcastle.
The Spaniard won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005.