Two Everton heroes reportedly set to take interim charge at Goodison Park as Rafa Benitez ‘decision’ made

Duncan Ferguson and Leighton Baines are said to be in line to hold the reins at Everton if Rafa Benitez is sacked.

Duncan Ferguson and Leighton Baines are reportedly in line to replace Rafa Benitez at Everton.

It is claimed that the iconic Goodison Park pair will take charge on an interim basis, with Benitez set for the axe.

Benitez pressure

The Spaniard’s position as Toffees manager has come under immense pressure after a 2-1 loss at relegation-threatened Norwich City on Saturday.

Everton have won just one of their previous 13 Premier League matches and slumped to 15th in the table.

There are intense calls from supporters for Benitez to be sacked, despite only taking over in the driving seat last summer.

The Blues’ board held talks to discuss Benitez’s future last night.

Everton manager Rafa Benitez and assistant Duncan Ferguson. Picture: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Duo to hold reins

Football Insider claims that a decision has been made on the former Liverpool supremo - and he will be relieved of his duties “in the next 24 hours”.

And while Everton search for their next permanent boss, Ferguson and Baines will hold the reins.

The pair were both huge fans’ favourites during their playing days at Goodison.

Ferguson - who scored 72 goals during two spells at Everton - is currently assistant manager and had a spell as caretaker in December 2019.

Baines, meanwhile, is part of the under-18s coaching set-up. He made 420 appearances for the club between 2007-2020.

Leighton Baines celebrates scoring for Everton. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

‘Not in my hands’

After the Norwich defeat, Benitez could only concentrate on addressing issues on the pitch - such as the errors that led to the two goals - and the rest was ‘out of his hands’.

“I came here to fix issues that were coming from the last five years,” he said.

“What I have to do now is analyse the mistakes we are making and make sure we avoid that for the future.

“The rest is not in my hands.”