File - Everton manager Rafael Benitez gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Norwich and Eveerton, at Carrow Road, in Norwich, England, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. AP
Benitez was a contentious appointment in the offseason owing to his close links with Everton's local rival, Liverpool, which he managed from 2004-10 and led to a Champions League title in 2005.
Everton has won just once in the league since the end of September, with the defeat at Carrow Road leaving the team in 15th place _ six points above the relegation zone _ and fans angry.
The decision was taken to end Benitez's reign after 200 days in charge.
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