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Rafa Benitez breaks silence on Everton sacking with message to supporters

Rafa Benitez has released a statement addressing Everton fans, following his time as manager coming to an end

Rafa Benitez has written a message to Everton fans, following the club’s decision to sack him on Sunday.

The Spanish coach released a statement after Everton called time on his six-month spell in charge, following Saturday's defeat to Norwich.

“We knew it wouldn't be easy, and that it was a big challenge, both emotionally and in terms of sport,” Benitez wrote on his website .

“My love for this city, for Merseyside and its people, made me accept this challenge, but it is only when you are inside that you realise the magnitude of the task.

“From the very first day, my staff and myself worked as we always do, with commitment and full dedication, we didn't only have to get results, but we also had to win over people's hearts.

“However, the financial situation and then the injuries that followed made things even harder. I am convinced that we would have been better once the injured players were back and with the arrival of the new signings.

“The road to success isn't easy and sadly, nowadays in football there is a search for immediate results and there is always less and less patience; unfortunately circumstances have determined the results and it won't be possible to continue this project.

“In any case, thank you to the Board, to the staff, to the players, and to those fans who have supported us during this time.

“My best wishes for EFC.

“Rafa Benítez.”