Rafa Benitez has been sacked as coach of premiership club Everton.
A statement by the club said:
“Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafa Benitez as First Team manager.
“Benitez, who joined Everton in June 2021, has left the Club with immediate effect.
Benitez was an unpopular appointment in June last year after his long spell with Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
The Spaniard paid the price for a dismal run of nine defeats in Everton’s last 13 league matches, culminating in a 2-1 loss at lowly Norwich on Saturday.
“An update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.”