By Danny Mills

17th Dec, 2021 | 9:30am

Mills: Everton chiefs split on Benitez sack decision after confirmed news

Danny Mills has suggested there is “discontent at boardroom level” at Everton over whether to sack Rafa Benitez.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England defender, whose son plays for Everton’s Under-23s, delivered his verdict as their poor form continued.

Benitez’s side have won just one of their last 11 Premier League games although they came from behind on Thursday night to secure a notable 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Everton confirmed in a statement on Tuesday (14 December) that Andros Townsend, Seamus Coleman and Richarlison all sustained injuries last weekend.

It is unclear how long Townsend (fractured foot) and Coleman (tissue damage) will be unavailable but Richarlison (calf tear) has been ruled out for “a number of weeks”.

“It’s difficult, it’s not easy with all those injuries,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Rafa Benitez is clearly under pressure because he was clearly not a fans favourite, that was never going to be the most popular decision on the planet.

“There is a little bit of discontent at boardroom level about what is the right and wrong decision to take. It’s going to be interesting to see how that pans out.

“They need some results, just to take the pressure off a little bit over this Christmas period.”

Everton have appeared to back Benitez with director of football Marcel Brands leaving the club earlier this month (5 December).

It is also understood that transfer chiefs Dan Purdy and Gretar Steinsson have left Goodison Park.

In other news, Everton have set their sights on signing a Ligue 1 star and £8m could seal the deal.