Everton hold emergency board meeting to discuss Rafa Benitez's future as Spaniard leads sack race odds amid horror run

EVERTON held an emergency board meeting to discuss Rafa Benitez's future on Friday, according to reports.

The club are growing increasingly concerned by the nosedive in form under the Spaniard.

The Toffees have picked up just two points from their last eight games and Wednesday's 4-1 drubbing at home to Liverpool was the latest major blow.

It is their worst run of results for 27 years and leaves Benitez clinging on to his job.

And according to the Mirror, chairman Bill Kenwright brought the Goodison Park top brass to a meeting at the Finch Farm training ground.

Director of football Marcel Brands flew in from Holland specifically for the crisis talks, with Benitez's position a main priority.

Owner Farhad Moshini is expected to arrive back in Merseyside from the USA this weekend.

He will then meet with board members ahead of Monday night's fixture at home to Arsenal.


But with games against Chelsea and Leicester to come before Christmas, it may not be the most wonderful time of the year for Benitez.

Everton currently sit just five points above the relegation zone going into the weekend fixtures.

However, Moshiri gave the ex-Liverpool boss the dreaded public vote of confidence.

Asked if the club back Benitez, he told talkSPORT's Jim White: "Yes. Football is about crisis one day and glory the following day.

“Rafa is a good manager and under-performance is largely due to injuries.

“Next two weeks, we will get a full squad and in the meantime, results will improve.

“Rafa needs time to have his mark on the squad. He will be supported to have time.

“Managers need time. I have no doubt that we will have a strong second-half to the season.”

Benitez is the favourite as the next Premier League manager to go with the odds on Wayne Rooney to take over slashed in recent days.

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