Benitez took the job at Goodison Park knowing he was going through a tough time but even the savvy former Liverpool manager couldn’t have imagined his job would be threatened in less than four months.
However, a modest 4-1 Merseyside derby on Wednesday night extend their winless streak to eight Premier League match – their worst streak since 1999 – and just two points in that time have left them 14th on the table, just five points above the bottom three.
Despite his Red connection, Benitez has largely escaped aggravation from the Goodison crowd and even with Liverpool’s fourth strike Diogo Jota with just 11 minutes remaining, the anger of supporters mainly directed at those above him with chants of “Shoot the chessboard”.
As the final whistle blew, both chairman Bill Kenwright and director of football Marcel Brands were targeted for abuse by fans who didn’t leave soon, but while supporters may have been furious at the The failure of the club under the ownership of billionaire Moshiri, it always happens. the manager carries cans.
In the summer, Benitez is the choice of Moshiri, who is understood to be attending Arsenal’s now-important visit on Monday. He is still confident that things will turn around once he has the striker he wants Dominic Calvert-Lewin and center back Yerry Mina fit – and Moshiri agreed.
“Football is about crisis one day and glory the next. Rafa is a good manager and the poor performance is largely due to injury,” said Moshiri Talksport. “(Within the next two weeks we will have a full squad and in the meantime results should improve.
“Rafa needs time to make his mark in the squad. He will be supported to add depth to the squad. Managers need time. I have no doubt we will have a strong second half of the season.”
Moshiri has spent more than £500m on players since arriving in 2016 and the club appear to be struggling.
“The difference is we’re selling players and making a big profit and investing the money, so in our case you can’t blame the owners for spending the money,” Benitez said.
“I was in Newcastle and the owner didn’t spend any money. In January, hopefully the team doesn’t depend on two or three players coming back like we are now.
“January is a tough window and there aren’t too many players available but when you have money to spend you have to do it sensibly.”
Benitez is hoping the effort his players are putting in will somehow help them through as he is seriously lacking in quality pending the return of Calvert-Lewin, who hasn’t played since. August 28 because of a thigh problem.
“I think it’s important to understand what you’re expecting when I get here,” he added. “Everybody tells me that the fans are expecting the players to give everything.
“Then you have to compare this team lacking three key players (Calvert-Lewin, Mina and the recently returned Abdoulaye Doucoure).
“Any team without three key players for a period of time – players who scored last season – and make mistakes in defense will lose.
“The only way for us is to bring these players back and recover mentally.
“I’m still confident that we can do well.”
Fan fury saw the Merseyside derby halted after Everton supporters in the Gwladys Street area hurled bottles and other paraphernalia into Alisson Becker’s box during the second half. One fan even entered the field to argue with the players.
The PA news agency understands that the Football Association is aware of the incidents and will look into them.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/farhad-moshiri-rafael-benitez-everton-paul-tierney-premier-league-b1968499.html Everton owner Farhad Moshiri to give Rafael Benitez time to turn his form around