The Toffees have confirmed the Spaniard’s departure after yesterday’s 2-1 loss at Norwich City.
Everton have been in wretched form and won just one of their past 13 Premier League games. As a result, they’ve dropped to 15th in the table.
Despite only taking charge at Goodison Park last summer, the axe has been wielded on Rafa Benitez amid fan fury.
Now the search is on to find his successor.
An Everton statement said: “Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as First Team manager.
“Benitez, who joined Everton in June 2021, has left the Club with immediate effect.
“An update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.”
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