BENITEZ ON THE BRINK AT EVERTON
Everton manager Rafael Benitez is on the brink of being sacked just six months into the job after his team lost 2-1 at Norwich City who were at the bottom of the Premier League table before the faced off in the league. The ex-Liverpool, Newcastle United and Chelsea manager has overseen a poor run of form in the league at Everton over the last three months. Under his watch, the Toffees have won once in the last 13 league matches with the only win coming against Arsenal at the start of last month. On that occasion, Everton winger Demarai Gray scored a dramatic late winner as the hosts came from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 at home. Norwegian international Martin Odegaard was responsible for the Arsenal goal on the stroke of half-time and the advantage was cancelled out by Brazil international Richarlisonwith ten minutes to go before the winning goal from Gray gave Everton a big win.
The win over Arsenal was followed by the 3-1 loss at Crystal Palace with Chelsea loaneeConor Gallagher netting a brace for the hosts. England international Gallagher is on loan at Palace from Chelsea for the season. Everton stayed in London for their next league game, a battling 1-1 draw at Chelsea with a depleted team. The games against Brighton and Norwich followed the Chelsea draw.
For the Norwich City game at Carrow Road on Saturday, Everton were the favourites but they still managed to end up on the losing side thanks to the goals from Michael Keane (own goal) and Adam Idahwithin two first half minutes. Brazil star Richarlison came on as a substitute in the second half to pull one back on the hour mark but it turned out to be too little too late.
It was reported after the Norwich City game that the Everton board members are meeting to discuss the future of Benitez who signed a three-year deal to become the new Toffees manager last summer. A lot of Everton fans kicked against his appointment due to his Liverpool background.