Everton branded 'shambolic' amid 'disastrous' Benitez claim - pundit

By Noel Whelan

17th Jan, 2022 | 12:00pm

Whelan 'can't believe' what is happening at Everton and claims things 'could be about to get worse'

Everton are a club in “shambles” in the wake of Rafa Benitez’s “disastrous” reign, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 61-year-old has caused a “lot of damage” after Marcel Brands’ sacking and Lucas Digne’s acrimonious departure.

Everton confirmed the sacking of Benitez yesterday (16 January) after a run of just one win in the last 12 Premier League games.

This news comes after the departure of director of football Brands last month (5 December), with the Dutchman citing a “clear difference in vision” as the reason for his exit.

Whelan claimed the Toffees’ lowly league position is reflecting the off-pitch turmoil at Goodison Park.

He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “The word is shambles.

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“I really feel sorry for the Everton fans at the moment. The amount of money that has been wasted at that club, the number of players they’ve brought in – what’s happening is unbelievable, it’s just been one disaster after another.

“Bringing Benitez in was a risk in itself, and it really hasn’t paid off. As a result, they’ve lost the director of football in Brands and one of your best players and fan favourite in Digne. He’s caused a lot of damage.

“Can it get any worse for them? Where they are in the table really reflects what is going on off the pitch right now.

“The next manager has to be the right one. They could well be fighting right up until the end of the season to stay in the division. It could be about to get even worse.”

Everton sit 16th in the Premier League following their loss against Norwich on Saturday.

Football Insider revealed yesterday that the Toffees are set to put Duncan Ferguson and Leighton Baines in interim charge.

In other news, Everton line up move for Premier League manager.