By Frank McAvennie

25th Nov, 2021 | 4:00pm

This is when Everton will 'bite the bullet' and sack Benitez - pundit

Frank McAvennie claims Everton will sack Rafael Benitez before Christmas.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the Toffees are in “such a state”.

A 3-0 loss to Manchester City last weekend means Everton are winless in six Premier League games.

They sit 11th in the table and face Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in their next five games.

Chelsea are top of the table while Arsenal and Liverpool both sit in the top five.

McAvennie claims these fixtures could prove to be the end of Benitez‘s time at Goodison Park.

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“I have said before that this was never going to end well,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“It’s almost like we are waiting for the club to just bite the bullet and sack him.

“But I look at that Everton team and I see no ideas. I don’t see a team that’s together. They are messy and disorganised.

“The club obviously wants to be challenging for Europe and they aren’t doing that.

“I’m not sure any manager could get this squad into Europe so that’s not on Rafa.

“But they are so trigger happy with managers and they have a pretty tough run of fixtures coming up.

“I don’t see many wins in there and if things don’t turn around before Christmas, and I don’t think they will, Rafa will be gone.”

Benitez replaced Carlo Ancelotti after he quit Everton to take over at Real Madrid in the summer of 2021.

He has so far overseen four Premier League wins from 12 games.

In other news, an insider has revealed how much Everton want Tottenham to pay for Jordan Pickford.