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'They want him out' - national media agree on Rafa Benitez future


Everton’s poor run of form continued on Saturday afternoon as Norwich City rediscovered their scoring touch to end their own six-game losing run.

Dean Smith’s side took the lead when Blues defender Michael Keane sliced a clearance past Jordan Pickford.

Then, just two minutes after taking the lead, Adam Idah added a second when he finished a fine counter-attacking move.

Richarlison then came off the bench and gave the Blues hope with a fine acrobatic overhead kick, but it wasn’t enough for Rafa Benitez’s side.

The ECHO understands Benitez's future at Everton is in serious doubt, with talks taking place over the Spaniard’s future.

And below is how the national media reported on the game at Carrow Road.

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'It was how they lost'

Kieran Gill of the Mail on Sunday wrote: “Norwich City’s supporters started the chant. Then the Everton end joined in. Rafa Benitez discovered what it is like when an entire stadium think you’re getting sacked in the morning here.

“If somehow that song didn’t register with the Spaniard then it was drilled home when a fed-up fan invaded the pitch from Carrow Road’s away section and charged towards him.

“Stewards stopped the supporter before he could reach Benitez but the mood towards this manager is clear. They want him out of their club and, after this result, that might happen.

“It wasn’t just that Everton lost. It was how they lost. Even in the seven minutes of stoppage time, it was Norwich who looked the likelier to score next, striking the post with the game’s final kick.

“Twenty per cent of Norwich’s goals this season were scored in this game against the terrible Toffees. It means Benitez’s side have now lost nine of their last 13 Premier League games.

“Fans fear they aren’t above a relegation scrap with this coach in charge and they also took aim at the board, calling for their heads. It’s ugly at Everton right now.”

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'The away fans chanted “sack the board”'

Paul Rowan of the Sunday Times wrote : “The away fans chanted “sack the board” at the final whistle, but their anger was principally aimed at the former Liverpool manager, whom the Everton fans have struggled to accept from the outset because of his connection to their Merseyside rivals.

“Everton are now only six points above the relegation zone, having dropped to 15th place after a bright start under Benítez, who took over from Carlo Ancelotti in the summer on a three-year contract.

“Everton fans again unfurled banners against the club’s board and the Spaniard, while one supporter had to be restrained and hauled away as he ran across the pitch gesturing at the technical area.”

'Rafael Benítez looked a haunted man'

Paul MacInnes of the Observer wrote: “Grey suit, grey demeanour, grey football. Rafael Benítez looked a haunted man and with the travelling support voluminous in their discontent, it is hard to see where the Everton manager goes from here.

“His side deserved to lose to a Norwich team who somehow found the strength of character and the quality of play to put an end to a run of six defeats and no goals and claim three vital points in their fight against relegation.

“Everton, meanwhile, are increasingly being drawn into a dogfight and while Benítez pointed to returning players and an improved second half performance, the fans who unfurled banners at full time calling for his dismissal and that of the Goodison board did not appear to agree.”

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