When Everton appointed Rafa Benitez, the expectations were high for the Toffees. No one can blame the fans as his success as a manager was good. The Premier League fans are well known about Rafael Benitez, the Spanish manager. Especially Liverpool fans. I think the majority of football fans will be aware of the reason behind his popularity. Yes. The man behind the ‘Miracle of Istanbul ‘. A match that is carved in the hearts of every Liverpool fan. It was a delightful night for the Reds in 2005 when the team miraculously came back after conceding three goals in the first half against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League final. The mastermind behind the comeback was the Spaniard. Everton betting did not go well as expected when Benitez was the manager.
In June, the news of Rafa joining Everton was not taken well by the Liverpool fans. He is considered one of the legends who have blessed the Reds with his gameplay and tactics in the past. When the news was out, some Liverpool fans even reacted by saying that they would wipe out Rafa from their minds. Most of the fans were disappointed with his decision. Some of the fans even threatened him using some violent and disturbing methods.
But now those fans will be happy as they saw his sacking and seeing their rival club struggling, the scenes are pretty enjoyable for the Reds.
Under Benitez, Everton started the season very well. They were fourth on the table at the start of October. But after that, they were like a sinking ship, and now they have hit rock bottom.
Benitez leaves them in 16th, just six points above the bottom three and having taken just six points from the last 39 on offer. They have not kept a clean sheet since November 7 and have not won away from home in the league since the end of August.
Last season, under Ancelotti, the team finished 10th with 59 points. So, the management’s target this season was to improve their position and be in the top 10. But the Spaniard failed to do it.
The fans were also losing their patience as the season progressed. In the latest match against Norwich City at Carrow Road, where the Toffees lost 2-1, the fans had a huge blue banner that said and expressed the fans’ feelings clearly. It goes like this: “BENITEZ, GET OUT OF OUR CLUB”.
After the loss against Norwich City, one thing was clear: The Spanish manager who helped their rivals, Liverpool, win the UCL is not the one to give the first title for Everton in 27 years.