Everton owner Farhad Moshiri insists Rafa Benitez will NOT be sacked

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri insists Rafa Benitez will NOT be sacked and needs more time, despite fury from fans over their awful run of form and a humiliating Merseyside derby defeat

  • Everton owner Farhad Moshiri insists under-fire Rafa Benitez will not be sacked 
  • The Toffees lost 4-1 to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park
  • The defeat means Everton have now gone eight matches without a victory
  • It prompted furious scenes in the stands and calls for huge change at the club 
  • But Moshiri insists Benitez is going nowhere and needs more time at the helm

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has insisted Rafa Benitez will not be sacked despite growing calls from supporters for him to go.

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

The humbling extended their dire run without a win to eight matches – their worst sequence since 1999 – and only two points in that time has left the side in 14th place just five points above the bottom three.

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

Furious supporters made their feelings clear during and after the match with some calling for director of football Marcel Brands to be sacked.

But, speaking to talkSPORT on Thursday morning, Moshiri insisted Benitez is going nowhere and needs more time to make his mark on the club.

Benitez’s reign went from bad to worse when Diogo Jota lashed in Liverpool’s fourth with 11 minutes to go on Wednesday night. Supporters’ anger was primarily directed at those above Benitez though, with chants of ‘Sack the board’.

At the final whistle both chairman Bill Kenwright and Brands were targeted for abuse by those fans who had not left early, but while the fans may be angry with the club’s failure to progress under the ownership of billionaire Moshiri it is invariably the manager who carries the can.

In the summer Benitez was the choice of Moshiri, who it is understood will attend Monday’s now pivotal visit of Arsenal, and he remains confident things will turn around once he has the likes of striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and centre-back Yerry Mina fit.

He also hopes to be able to spend in January, although Moshiri has spent over £500m on players since arriving in 2016 and the club appear to be worse off.

‘The difference is we are selling players and making big profits and investing the money so in our case you cannot blame the owner for spending money,’ said the Spaniard.

‘I have been in Newcastle and the owner wasn’t spending money. In January hopefully the team are not depending on two or three players coming back as we are at the moment.

‘January is a difficult window and there are not too many players available but when you have money to spend you have to do it properly.’

Benitez is clinging to the hope the effort his players are putting in will somehow get them through as he is seriously short of quality while he awaits the return of Calvert-Lewin, who has not played since August 28 because of thigh problem.

‘I think it is important to understand what you are expecting when I came here,’ he added.

‘Everyone was telling me the fans are expecting the players will give everything.

‘Then after that you have to compare this team missing three key players (Calvert-Lewin, Mina and the recently-returned Abdoulaye Doucoure).

‘Any team missing three key players for a period of time – players who were scoring goals last season – and making mistakes in defence will lose.

‘The the only way for us is to get these players coming back and recover mentally.

‘I still have confidence we can do well.’

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