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Everton owner Farhad Moshiri insists Rafa Benitez will NOT be fired

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri insists Rafa Benitez will NOT be fired and needs more time, despite fans angering their terrible form and humiliating Merseyside derby defeat

  • Everton owner Farhad Moshiri insists Rafa Benitez will not be fired under fire
  • The Toffees lost 4-1 to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park
  • The defeat means Everton have now played eight games without a win
  • It caused furious scenes in the stands and calls for major change at the club
  • But Moshiri insists Benitez is not going anywhere and needs more time at the helm


Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has insisted Rafa Benitez will not be fired, despite increasing calls from supporters to leave him.

The Toffees’ terrible form plunged to new depths with a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

The humility extended their horrendous run without a win to eight games – their worst since 1999 – and just two points in that time have left the team in 14th place, just five points above the bottom three.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri insists Rafa Benitez will not be fired despite their poor form

Furious supporters made their feelings clear during and after the game with some calls for the resignation of football director Marcel Brands.

But, speaking with talkSPORT on Thursday morningMoshiri insisted that Benitez is not going anywhere and needs more time to make his mark on the club.

Benitez’s reign went from bad to worse as Diogo Jota took Liverpool’s fourth place on Wednesday night with 11 minutes to go. However, the anger of the supporters was mainly aimed at those above Benitez, with chants like ‘Place the sign’.

At the final whistle, both chairman Bill Kenwright and Brands became the target of abuse from fans who hadn’t left early, but while fans may be angry at the club’s failure to move forward under billionaire Moshiri’s ownership, it invariably is. the manager who can.

Over the summer, Benitez was the choice of Moshiri, who is understood to be attending Monday’s now crucial visit to Arsenal, and he remains convinced things will change once he striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and centre-back Yerry Mina fit. has.

He also hopes to spend in January, although Moshiri has spent more than £500 million on players since his arrival in 2016 and the club appears to be in worse shape.

“The difference is that we sell players and make big profits and invest the money, so in our case you can’t blame the owner for spending money,” said the Spaniard.

‘I’ve been to Newcastle and the owner didn’t spend any money. Hopefully in January the team will not be dependent on the return of two or three players, as we are doing now.

“January is a difficult period and there aren’t too many players available, but if you have money to spend, you have to do it right.”

Benitez clings to the hope that the efforts his players put in will somehow make it through them, as he is seriously short of quality as he awaits the return of Calvert-Lewin, who has not been able to play since August 28. played due to a thigh problem.

“I think it’s important to understand what you expected when I came here,” he added.

“Everyone told me that the fans expect the players to give everything.

“After that, you have to compare this team to the lack of three protagonists (Calvert-Lewin, Mina and the recently returned Abdoulaye Doucoure).

“Any team that over a period of time misses three key players – players who scored goals last season – and makes mistakes in defense will lose.

“The only way for us is to have these players come back and recover mentally.

“I’m still confident we can do it right.”

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