By Noel Whelan

12th Jan, 2022 | 4:00pm

Expert predicts 'more unrest coming' at Everton after update via Sky

The Everton board may have to make “tough decisions” on Rafa Benitez’s future if he cannot inspire a turnaround soon, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 61-year-old boss could face “more unrest” with Toffees fans reaching breaking point.

Everton’s travelling support unfurled a banner calling for Benitez’s swift exit as the Merseysiders scraped past Hull in the FA Cup third round on Saturday (8 January).

Speaking post-match and quoted by Sky Sports, the Spaniard insisted he was not worried about his future and urged fans to “stay behind the team”.

However, Whelan claimed “struggling” Everton could be forced into action should poor form continue.

He needs results. That’s not just Benitez, that’s every manager,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“It’s a results-driven business, and Everton haven’t been good enough in their performances either.

“They just scraped through in the FA Cup, not a vintage performance – but they’re in the next round.

“It’s all about winning games in the Premier League, forget the FA Cup. If he can’t turn it around and start picking up points, then I’m sure tough decisions will have to be made by the board.

“More unrest is coming if Everton can’t turn things around soon, they’re really struggling at the moment.”

Saturday’s victory was only the second Everton win in 13 matches, with the Toffees occupying 15th place in the Premier League.

The Toffees face basement club Norwich on Saturday.

In other news, the details of Lucas Digne’s Everton exit have been revealed.