Mutiny on Merseyside — Everton derby defeat piles pressure on Rafa Benitez

Mutiny on Merseyside — Everton derby defeat piles pressure on Rafa Benitez
© Provided by Independent Online (IOL)

Liverpool — Everton fans were already feeling chastened after watching Liverpool sweep up accolades in recent years – but their 4-1 defeat by their city rivals on Wednesday stretched their already-tense relationship with boss Rafa Benitez potentially to breaking point.

Several UK bookmakers on Thursday had the Spaniard, appointed in the close season to succeed Carlo Ancelotti, as the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked, with six clubs already changing coaches this season.

Benitez’s arrival at Goodison Park was met with a frosty reception due to his illustrious past with Liverpool, where he notably won the Champions League in 2005.



— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 1, 2021

The 61-year-old pledged to help Everton achieve their lofty ambitions, but so far his side have slipped to 14th in the league standings, five points above the relegation zone. Their defence is incredibly porous, with 24 goals conceded in 14 matches.

Wednesday’s derby defeat drew the ire of fans with some invading the pitch and remonstrating with players at the final whistle, while many also left early. Many of those who remained chanted ‘sack the board’.

British-Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri arrived at Goodison in 2016 but has little to show for more than 500 million pounds ($666 million) spent in transfer fees since then.

The Everton owner was quoted as saying in a text message to radio station talkSPORT on Thursday that he has full confidence in Benitez to turn things around and a former player under the Spanish coach backed the manager to win fans over.

“If he (Benitez) gets the time he can definitely turn it around but obviously yesterday’s result is not gonna help him and it’s not only about Rafa, it’s also about the board and directors,” former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt told the BBC.

“It sounds strange for a Liverpool man to say but hopefully they can change things around because I think especially Rafa deserves better results over there.”

With no wins in eight matches in the league, Benitez faces a defining December with games coming thick and fast, beginning with a home clash against Arsenal on Monday.

They then face Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Leicester City after that in a daunting run before Christmas Day.

If they don’t improve in that time, it will certainly be a blue Christmas for one half of Merseyside and Everton may be looking for their sixth manager in five years.


News Related


Juventus: Dusan Vlahovic già pensa e parla da veterano bianconero

© Fornito da Dusan Vlahovic pensa e parla già al 100% da giocatore della Juventus. Nelle prime ore dopo la sua firma con i bianconeri, l’ormai ex centravanti della ... Read more »

Euro 2022 de handball :"On avait l'équipe pour aller au bout", regrette Valentin Porte après l'élimination des Bleus en demi-finale

Les Français peuvent encore accrocher une médaille en cas de victoire dimanche face au Danemark. © Fournis par franceinfo “On avait l’équipe pour aller au bout.” Le brassard de capitaine ... Read more »

VIDÉO. L'arrêt incroyable d'Andreas Palicka sur le gong qui prive la France d'une finale de l'Euro

© EPA/MAXPPP Le gardien Andreas Palicka est l’un des artisans de la victoire de la Suède sur l’équipe de France (34-33) en demi-finale de l’Euro de handball. Les Bleus se ... Read more »

Euro de handball : pas de nouveau miracle pour les Bleus face à la Suède

© Bildbyran / Icon Sport Les champions olympiques et Ludovic Fabregas ont trébuché face aux Suédois et un immense Andreas Palicka, en demi-finale de l’Euro, ce vendredi. Icon Sport/Bildbyran Terrible, ... Read more »

Euro handball. « Ils doivent être contents à Paris » : le tacle de Vincent Gérard à Thierry Omeyer

© Attila Kisbenedek / AFP Vincent Gérard n’a pas caché son amertume à l’issue de la demi-finale perdue par les Bleus face à la Suède. Après la défaite de l’équipe ... Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Jack Nowell's new mantra is 'you booze, you lose'... the England winger and pub owner has ditched drink to boost his Six Nations chances as he targets re-launching his Test career in the Six Nations

Exeter winger Jack Nowell wants to return to England action in the Six NationsThe owner of a pub in Cornwall has made better decisions since becoming a dadEddie Jones mentioned Nowell's physique after naming him in his training squadNowell is desperate to be involved when the showpiece kicks off on February 5 Read more »

Manu Tuilagi faces an anxious wait to discover whether he will be fit to feature in the opening stages of the Six Nations after Sale push his return from injury back to the opening weekend of the tournament

Sale are hopeful Manu Tuilagi will return from his hamstring injury on February 6That timescale would rule him out of England's Six Nations opener a day earlierDirector of rugby Alex Sanderson says Tuilagi could play for England a week laterScotland, who England face first, are hoping their stars will not be hit by injuries Read more »

Colombia 0-1 Peru: Edison Flores earns visitors stunning qualification win as James Rodriguez and Liverpool target Luis Diaz fail to save their side from making it SIX games without a goal in the hunt to reach the 2022 World Cup

Substitute Edison Flores gave Peru a huge win in the race to reach the World CupThe wideman fired the winner beyond David Ospina with five minutes remaining Toiling Colombia made it six games without a goal and are at risk of missing outPorto winger and Liverpool target Luis Diaz had few moments of true inspiration Read more »

Euro de handball : les excuses de Porte, la colère de Gérard, l'impuissance de Minne

© BERNADETT SZABO / REUTERS Aymeric Minne Valentin Porte, capitaine de l’équipe de France (sur beIN Sports) : «La défense a été en difficulté. C’est difficile de gagner un match ... Read more »

Euro de handball : l'arrêt fabuleux du gardien suédois qui a mis fin au rêve bleu en vidéo

© BERNADETT SZABO / REUTERS Andreas Palicka a brisé les rêves de finale de l’équipe de France. «Ils doivent être contents à Paris». Au micro de BeIn Sport après la ... Read more »

Alfa Romeo Tonale Crossover Spied In Camouflage Days Before Debut

© Copyright New Alfa Romeo Tonale Spy Shots Catch a glimpse of the interior. Alfa Romeo is set to reveal the all-new Tonale crossover on February 8, but it ... Read more »

‘You need to think about yourself'; Howe warned over likely outcome of Newcastle relegation

Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin has hinted that he might jump ship and leave Newcastle if they are relegated to the Championship. The 24-year-old has been a shining light for the ... Read more »

'Versterking op komst voor Bosz: Lyon bereikt akkoord met Tottenham'

© ProShots ‘Versterking op komst voor Bosz: Lyon bereikt akkoord met Tottenham’ Giovani Lo Celso moet bij Olympique Lyonnais de opvolger worden van Bruno Guimarães. De Argentijn is onder Antonio ... Read more »

FC Groningen breekt contract begeerde Suslov open

© ProShots FC Groningen breekt contract begeerde Suslov open Tomás Suslov en FC Groningen hebben elkaar gevonden in een nieuw contract, dat de Slowaakse international tot medio 2026 aan de ... Read more »

'Playing right now is draining': Lee Westwood lifts lid on battling back from Covid and reveals he still struggles to get 'much air into my lungs'... But remains in the hunt at Dubai Desert Classic after carding 69 in successive rounds

Lee Westwood contracted Covid in December and is still feeling the effectsThe Englishman is vaccinated but had to abandon training for several weeks The 49-year-old is asthmatic and has had trouble breathing after CovidWestwood carded 69 in first two rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic Read more »

Manchester City to make decision over James McAtee loan with Rangers leading the chase for starlet... But Pep Guardiola wants teenage midfielder to stay at the Etihad

Rangers, Swansea and Girona among clubs eager to sign James McAtee on loanCity would prefer loan midfielder to side with a similar footballing philosophy Pep Guardiola is keen to keep teenager at the Etihad this season McAtee has 18 months left on his deal and is yet to sign a new contract with City Midfielder has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs  Read more »

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Oldham come under fire for selling merchandise promoting the Maxwell family after Ghislaine's child sex-trafficking conviction... while Wayne Rooney's new documentary WON'T feature his turbulent spell at Derby

The Maxwell name appeared on Oldham's club shirt in the 1988-89 season Retro merchandise was launched last summer including the Maxwell shirtGhislaine Maxwell was convicted on five charges of child sex-trafficking   Read more »

Rafael Nadal was ready to retire from a sport which has been his life barely two months ago... now he's in the Australian Open final and just one victory away from Grand Slam No 21!

Rafael Nadal discussed possibly retiring with his inner circle two months ago But now he could secure Grand Slam No 21 by beating Daniil Medvedev Nadal was unusually emotional after making what will be his 29th Slam finalThe Russian, though, will become the new world No 1 if he wins Australian Open Read more »

England have stardust, Scotland and Ireland are flying, France have the world's best player and Wales are the champions! Sportsmail's experts dissect and debate the 2022 Six Nations as European rugby's showpiece prepares for lift-off next weekend

The 2022 Six Nations tournament is due to get underway next weekendIreland are set to host defending champions Wales in Saturday's opening fixtureEngland then visit Scotland later that day before France face Italy on SundaySportsmail has assembled a team of experts to preview this year's showpiece   Sir Clive Woodward and Danny Cipriani believe England are big contendersBut Rob Howley expects Wales to use it as preparation for the 2023 World Cup  Read more »

Ash Barty reveals watching the women's Ashes is helping to distract her ahead of Australian Open final... with top seed set to become the first female home player in 42 YEARS to feature in championship match

Ash Barty has adopted a laid-back attitude ahead of Australian Open final She will be the first home female player since Wendy Turnbull in home final The reigning Wimbledon champion has not dropped a set in Melbourne this yearDanielle Collins has little to lose and a history of playing well in Australia Read more »

Friends turn foes when two of NFL's youngest and brightest coaches renew their rivalry when Sean McVay's Los Angeles Rams battle the odds against Kyle Shanahan's San Francisco 49ers with a Super Bowl place up for grabs

The Los Angeles Rams face San Francisco 49ers on Sunday eveningHead coaches Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan's careers are intertwinedThe 49ers are favourites for Sunday's game with a Super Bowl place up for grabs They will lock horns at SoFi Stadium, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke's $4bn palace  Read more »

Team GB athletes offered more than £1,000 to publish pro-Beijing content on social media ahead of next week's controversial Winter Olympics

Sportsmail has been shown emails and texts sent from Chinese PR firmsThe emails ask some of Britain's medal hopefuls to post pro-Beijing content No British athlete is understood to have taken up any offer to take part  Read more »

Solbergs hyllning: "Han är magisk"

© Fredrik Sandberg/TT Jim Gottfridsson var en av matchens främsta i EM-semifinalen mellan Sverige och Frankrike. Han gjorde nio mål själv, och låg bakom det mesta i anfallsväg för Sverige. ... Read more »

Basket, Nba: i Lakers cadono a Philadelphia, Curry e Thompson trascinano Golden State

No LeBron, no party. Prosegue il cammino altalenante dei Los Angeles Lakers (24-25) che, dopo il successo esterno di Brooklyn col rientro dopo 17 gare d’assenza di Anthony Davis che ... Read more »

McLaren chasing a more balanced 2022 car

© PA Images Lando Norris at Interlagos planetF1 McLaren technical director James Key says that the team is looking for a more balanced car for this season compared to what ... Read more »

Van Duijvenbode debuteert op Masters met ruime nederlaag tegen Whitlock

Dirk van Duijvenbode is vrijdag bij zijn debuut op de Masters meteen uitgeschakeld. De Nederlander verloor bij de seizoensopener in Milton Keynes met 6-2 van de Australiër Simon Whitlock. Read more »

Gold Cup hopeful Chantry House leads Nicky Henderson's powerful quartet as trainer looks to extend golden run at Cheltenham and Doncaster

Chantry House is the bookies' favourite in the Paddy Power Cotswold ChaseNicky Henderson's Champ and Balco Coastal also in action at CheltenhamHenderson-trained Fusil Raffles is the favourite in Doncaster’s Sky Bet Chase Trainer has been on a golden run of form since Boxing Day  Read more »

Robin Goodfellow's racing tips: Best bets for Saturday, January 29

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Saturday’s meetings at Cheltenham, Doncaster, Kempton, Lingfield and Uttoxeter. Chantry House is the bookies’ favourite in the 2.30 at Cheltenham ... Read more »

Fra corona til EM-finalen: Keeperhelten scoret tre

© Foto: BERNADETT SZABO / Reuters STORKAMP: Andreas Palicka leverte en kjempekamp i semifinalen. Fra corona til EM-finalen: Keeperhelten scoret tre (Frankrike-Sverige 33–34) Mot Norge fikk han ikke spille på ... Read more »

United Rugby Championship: Maximum for Ulster against Scarlets while Dragons draw with Benetton

© PA Images Ireland: Munster v Ulster – United Rugby Championship Ulster picked up a 27-15 victory over Scarlets at Kingspan Stadium that moves them provisionally second in the United ... Read more »

Premiership: Bath shock champions Harlequins to claim only second win of season

© PA Images Bath Rugby v Harlequins – Gallagher Premiership – The Recreation Ground Bath picked up only their second win of the Premiership season as they shocked reigning champions ... Read more »

L'Olimpia Milano vince, Ettore Messina chiede di più

© Fornito da L’Olimpia Milano vince, ma Ettore Messina non si accontenta. Il 65-58 sullo Zalgiris Kaunas significa 14 vittorie a fronte di 6 sconfitte e terzo posto in ... Read more »

BREAKING: Sipho Mbule wants OUT at SuperSport United!

© Provided by The South African Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns target Sipho Mbule wants out at SuperSport United, according to his agent Mike Makaab. READ | AGENT: MAMELODI SUNDOWNS ... Read more »

Where to farm Wood in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

© Provided by GamePur There are a handful of resources you’ll need to find as you progress through Pokémon Legends: Arceus. These resources are what you’ll be using to craft ... Read more »

Warzone 2 Leak Apparently Reveals Release Window, Major Gameplay Changes

The Warzone 2 leak trail continues to intensify it seems as Tweets from a prominent Call of Duty insider seems to suggest that Warzone 2 is set to be a ... Read more »

Big Buizel, Little Buizel request guide – Pokémon Legends: Arceus

© Provided by GamePur Dorian has a real love for the Pokémon Buizel. He has one at his side at all times. Recently, he discovered that Pokémon come can grow ... Read more »

How to pre-order Dying Light 2 Stay Human

© Provided by Dot Esports Techland’s action RPG Dying Light 2 is set to release next week on most platforms and the game has multiple purchasable versions available for pre-order ... Read more »

Where to find a Water Stone in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

© Provided by Dot Esports Using a stone to evolve certain species of Pokémon has been around since ancient times, at least, according to the lore within Pokémon Legends: Arceus, ... Read more »

Huddersfield 1-1 Stoke City: Terriers remain in hunt for promotion after Josh Koroma controversy... As forward escaped punishment for shocking tackle, before scoring first goal of the game

Josh Koroma put hosts ahead, before Jacob Brown equalised for Stoke Koroma escaped punishment for awful challenge on Taylor Harwood-BellisHuddersfield remain sixth in Championship, unbeaten in last 10 gamesStoke stayed 10th, six points away from Huddersfield and final playoff spot But the visitors have won just once in their last six Championship games Read more »

How to get Wyrdeer as a rideable Pokemon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

© Provided by GamePur Pokémon Legends: Arceus affords you a rather unique mode of travel by letting you ride on its various Pokémon. One of these Pokémon is Wyrdeer. While ... Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic