Everton 'identify top two targets' to replace sacked Rafa Benitez

Everton have identified Roberto Martinez and Duncan Ferguson as their two frontrunners to replace Rafa Benitez, according to reports. Benitez was sacked by Everton on Sunday following a run of just one win in 13 Premier League matches. The Toffees are 16th in the table, only six points above the relegation zone.

Benitez lasted just six months at Goodison Park following his much-criticised appointment last summer.

Many Everton fans were not happy that a successful former Liverpool manager was now in charge at their club.

Everton’s official statement following the sacking of Benitez said an announcement on his successor would be made “in due course”.

The statement read: “Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as First Team manager.

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Ferguson was unbeaten in his four matches in charge, winning three.

He remained as assistant coach to both Carlo Ancelotti and Benitez and is now in line to get the job full time.

Ferguson is likely to be placed in charge on an interim basis until the Everton board settle on a permanent successor to Benitez.

The Telegraph claims Derby County boss and former Everton striker Wayne Rooney also has support from the club’s hierarchy.

Former Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has also been mentioned as a potential candidate.


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