Everton manager Rafael Benitez insists he cannot be expected to solve the club’s past problems in five months as he tries to solve “four or five years of frustration”.
As a former Liverpool manager, Benitez has never been a popular figure among fans, but when away fans started cursing during Sunday’s defeat at Crystal Palace – after replacing injured Richarlison – the public spectacle of dissent it didn’t look good for her prospects.
However, he has since spoken to owner Farhad Moshiri and remains confident in his position and long-term plan for the club.
“I was talking to Mr. Moshiri this morning. I have meetings with the president, the CEO and they are supporting me,” said Benitez, whose team have only taken four points from their last 30 points.
“They experienced the change of manager, they tried to adapt things and it didn’t work.
“What has been the feeling of the last few years for every Everton fan: success or frustration? You know the answer.
“I have a lot of fans who tell me the same thing. They know the problems aren’t the only ones you can solve in just five months.
“When I talk to the owner, president and CEO almost every day we talk about what we want to do for the future, not just for the present.
“We are thinking about January and not just January, after seeing what we can do to strengthen the team.”
Asked if he felt his job was safe, Benitez added: “Yes, the idea was to be here for more than three years with the new stadium. You still have to keep doing your job. first 10 “.
Benitez is more than adept at handling situations where the odds appear against him. His experience with Thursday’s opponent Chelsea showed that when in 2013, in open opposition from fans who did not want him as an interim manager, he achieved victory in the Europa League.
He has been unfortunate with injuries with last season’s top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin out since August, Abdoulaye Doucoure absent for more than a month with a broken foot and Richarlison and Andros Townsend joining the likes of Yerry Mina and Tom Davies currently unavailable.
Faced with mounting dissent, he arrived at his pre-match press conference armed with statistics to support his cause.
“Last year the team was about 16 players all season which means you have a lot of players who are not available and many of them were prone to injuries, they lost between 30 and 40 percent of the games because they were injured, “he said.
“Dominic played 85 percent of the games last season and is now playing 18 percent.
“Richarlison was in Copa America and the Olympics and now he’s injured because maybe he’s been overloaded.
“Most players are playing more than they would expect if you have a squad of 25 because we don’t have too many. [available].
“We are trying to manage these problems of the past. We take responsibility because we know we can make things better but sometimes you can’t stop Andros Townsend’s broken bone, Tom Davies’ knee or Doucoure’s metatarsus.
“When you have overloaded players, and Richarlison is an example, then you have to face him.
“We will try to improve the squad in January in terms of roles and names and we hope to do well.”
Striker Richarlison defended Benitez’s decision on his replacement which resulted in chants against the manager.
“Rafa did the right thing for me and for the team,” he said evertonfc.com after a scan revealed that a calf injury will set him aside for a number of weeks.
“I was unable to play at my best due to the calf problem and if I had stayed I would have done more damage and probably would have had to face a longer period out of the team.
“I understand that the manager was trying to protect me.”
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