Former Everton backroom stalwart who left under Rafa Benitez seemingly takes aim after manager’s sacking

Rafa Benitez was sacked as Everton manager on Sunday after a 2-1 loss at Norwich City.

Former Everton medical chief Dan Donachie has appeared to have taken a swipe at Rafa Benitez after he was axed as manager.

Donachie was a popular figure and a stalwart at Goodison Park, working at the club between 2001-2014 and then returning in 2018.

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However, he left his role as director of medical services in November.

It was reported by The Athletic that Benitez was unhappy with the Toffees' injury record and recurrence rate.

The previous month, the Spaniard had appointed Cristian Fernandez as a fitness rehabilitation coach - who he worked with at Newcastle United - and had also ordered an internal review of the club’s injury record for key players.

However, Benitez is the latest figure to now depart Everton.

He was sacked after Saturday's 2-1 loss to Norwich City, with the Toffees winning just one of their previous 13 Premier League game.

Now Donachie - who is the son of former Everton assistant manager Willie Donachie - has posted a message on Twitter that is seemingly aimed at Benitez.

He wrote: “How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours. Wayne Dyer.”

After leaving Everton, Donachie posted a heartfelt message to supporters and those who he’d worked alongside.

He wrote on Twitter: “Too many life long friends to mention. You know who you are.

“I have been inspired by all of you time after time. My spirit will never be the same.

“What an incredible privilege to have been a custodian of this great club for so long. Separated by distance but never heart.”