Everton decide on duo to replace Benitez with sack pending

According to reports, Everton will choose Duncan Ferguson and Leighton Baines as interim managers after Rafa Benitez is fired.

The Toffees held an emergency board meeting on Saturday following their 2-1 loss to Norwich City, which left them with only one victory in their last 13 league games.

With Everton 15th in the Premier League table, Benitez is expected to be fired within the next 24 hours, only six months after his controversial appointment.

According to Football Insider, the management will select Ferguson as caretaker boss for the second time, this time with club veteran Baines as his partner.

Everton decide on duo to replace Benitez with sack pending
HALEWOOD, ENGLAND – JUNE 30 (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Rafael Benitez poses for a photo with Duncan Ferguson (L) after becoming manager of Everton on June 30 2021 in Halewood, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

The Toffees started the season brilliantly, winning 10 points in their first four games, but things swiftly deteriorated as it became evident that Benitez was not the perfect fit. 

Speaking after that game, Benitez told Sky Sports: “I am a professional and I have enough experience.

“I came here to fix problems that is not just the last five months. Maybe we are talking about years. You try to fix these problems but you need time.

“The top scorer from last season is not playing half of the season so it’s more difficult. Now they are coming back hopefully we will be stronger.”

Jamie Redknapp gave a critical assessment of the Everton manager.

“To a certain extent, it’s not all on Rafa what’s gone on at Everton, but he has a habit of causing chaos at clubs. He’s a politician and he’s always blaming everyone else.

“He puts this person against that person and he creates an atmosphere of the crowd against the board everywhere he goes.

“I’m convinced he’s doing it again there and I don’t see him lasting. Some people won’t like that fact we’re talking about a manager’s position but I see him being out tonight.

“He was never the right fit. You can’t keep losing matches. The fans aren’t having him. Football fans don’t mind who is in charge if they’re winning, but he has to go.”