Everton board split on sticking with Rafael Benitez ‘as unhappy Jose Mourinho is being considered as a possible replacement for the Spaniard’ with Roma nine points off the top four in Serie A
- Everton lost 4-1 to Liverpool on Wednesday to make it eight games without a win
- Fans directed their fury at the board for assembling yet another below-par team
- Jose Mourinho only arrived at Roma in the summer but has found things tough
- Run-ins with officials, a poor squad and inconsistency have preoccupied him
- An emergency meeting is planned for Monday as Everton play host to Arsenal
Jose Mourinho has reportedly emerged as a potential target for Everton if Rafael Benitez is sacked.
The Toffees are on an eight-game winless run as Benitez’s old club Liverpool ran riot in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday, winning 4-1, before fans directed their anger at the board for years of underachievement despite £500million of spending under Farhad Moshiri.
And the Mirror are now reporting that Everton will look into Mourinho’s availability if they decide to part company with Benitez, with the Everton board said to be split on sticking with the former Newcastle boss and set to hold an emergency meeting on Monday despite Moshiri offering his backing earlier this week.
Rafael Benitez is under pressure as Everton sit 15th after eight matches without a victory
Everton are reportedly considering targeting Jose Mourinho if they sack the Spaniard
Mourinho suffered the joint-heaviest home defeat of his career as Roma lost 3-0 at home to Inter Milan to slip nine points behind fourth-placed Atalanta.
Their passage to the Europa Conference League last 16 has also not yet been secured as they sit second in their group, a point behind Bodo/Glimt with a game to play after embarrassingly losing to the Norwegian side 6-1 in October, complaining following that humiliation about the lack of depth in his squad despite spending £88million in the summer.
After the comprehensive loss to Inter, Mourinho refused to take any questions from the media, just a week after reportedly confronting referee Luca Pairetto over several decisions that went against his side, the latest in a series of complaints about officials.
Everton believe that Mourinho would be open to a swift return to England after being sacked by Spurs in April following just 17 months in charge in north London.
Roma are nine points off Atalanta in fourth after comprehensively losing to Inter Milan 3-0
Mourinho has been unhappy with the quality of his depth – as well as some of Italy’s referees
Monday’s home match with Arsenal represents an opportunity to stop the rot, with the Goodison Park faithful planning a 27th-minute walkout in protest at the chronic mismanagement that has seen five managers dispensed with in as many years.
Mourinho succeeded Benitez at Chelsea in 2013, while Benitez took over the reins from Mourinho at Inter in 2010, only to be sacked six months into his tenure after the treble winners had fallen well off the pace in Serie A.
Roma next travel to Bulgaria to face CSKA Sofia on Thursday, with failure to leapfrog Glimt meaning they face a knockout play-off against a side that finished third in their Europa League group.