After suffering their seventh Premier League defeat of the season at the hands of their Merseyside rivals in midweek, things are not going well for Everton and their manager Rafael Benitez at the moment, with mounting pressure building around the Spaniard.
To highlight just how bad things have been on the blue part of Merseyside in recent weeks, Everton have only picked up two points from their last eight league games.
After being asked by GIVEMESPORT about Benitez’s current situation at Goodison Park and his future in charge at the club, journalist Paul Brown had this to say on the matter:
“[Moshiri] has a track record of sacking managers and not being particularly patient with them when his team starts to slide. So, I do think if this carries on for much longer, Benitez is going to be in trouble. It’s just a simple fact of the finances at the club really, so I think he needs to turn it around quite quickly.”
With Everton owner Farhad Moshiri seemingly willing to stick with Benitez and give him the time “to have his mark on the squad”, and with Benitez himself sending a message to the Everton fans saying that “now is a time for us to stick together and try to go to January in the best possible position,” this suggests that his immediate future at Goodison is not in danger just yet.
However, with Everton set to take on Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City among others until January comes around, the situation could be much worse by that time, and Moshiri may not have the patience and willingness to stick with Benitez as he seems to have up to now.
The Toffees do have matches against Burnley and Newcastle United this month, with both struggling around the relegation zone, and that could provide the Merseysiders with some much-needed points to save Benitez’s job.
However, a run of poor results in December could push Moshiri into pulling the trigger and getting rid of Benitez, as Brown spoke about, in the hope that they can bring someone else in to save their season.