Rafa Benitez releases emotional statement to Everton fans after Goodison Park sacking… as axed Toffee boss blames poor form on ‘financial situation’ and ‘injuries’
- Rafa Benitez has issued a statement to Everton fans following his sacking
- 61-year-old has been fired as Everton manager after less than seven months
- Everton’s defeat to Norwich on Saturday made it one win in 13 league games
- Benitez has claimed that the ‘financial situation’ made things ‘even harder’
Rafa Benitez has issued a public apology to Everton fans posted online on Sunday afternoon, following the Spaniard’s dismissal at Goodison Park.
The former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss was relieved of his managerial duties on Sunday evening, following their 2-1 away defeat to Norwich on Saturday afternoon.
In a post on his website, Benitez apologised to the Toffee fans and claimed that financial restrictions made life difficult in Merseyside.
Rafa Benitez was relieved of his managerial duty at Everton following a 2-1 defeat to Norwich
In his statement, Benitez said: ‘We knew it wouldn’t be easy, and that it was a big challenge, both emotionally and in terms of sport. My love for this city, for Merseyside and its people, made me accept this challenge, but it is only when you are inside that you realise the magnitude of the task.
‘From the very first day, my staff and myself worked as we always do, with commitment and full dedication, we didn’t only have to get results, but we also had to win over people’s hearts. However, the financial situation and then the injuries that followed made things even harder.
‘I am convinced that we would have been better once the injured players were back and with the arrival of the new signings.
The Toffees were consigned to their ninth defeat in 13 league games at Norwich on Saturday
‘The road to success isn’t easy and sadly, nowadays in football there is a search for immediate results and there is always less and less patience; unfortunately circumstances have determined the results and it won’t be possible to continue this project.
‘In any case, thank you to the Board, to the staff, to the players, and to those fans who have supported us during this time. My best wishes for EFC. Rafa Benítez.’
Everton’s hierarchy held an emergency meeting following their dismal display at Carrow Road, and on Sunday morning, the Merseyside outfit confirmed that they have parted ways with the 61-year-old.
The Spaniard’s appointment was divisive from the outset, given his history with arch-rivals Liverpool – where he won the Champions League in 2005.
Roberto Martinez has emerged as a frontrunner to replace Rafa Benitez at Everton, six years after the Belgium manager was sacked at Goodison Park.
Benitez claims that the ‘financial situation’ and ‘injuries’ made things difficult for the Toffees