Don’t Blame Benítez For Everton Malaise – The Answer Lies Higher Up

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Everton’s reaction to their 13-minute collapse against Watford was instructive. After a 2-1 lead in the 78th minute turned into a 5-2 defeat in the 91st, a large number of fans in the main stand at Goodison Park headed to the directors’ box to accuse the primary shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, and the director of football, Marcel Brands, of deep-seated mismanagement. Anger has risen to the top, which is understandable.

After three straight Premier League losses, one win in seven games, and a poor response to the Watford fiasco against Wolves on Monday, it is Rafael Bentez’s turn in the limelight, which has shifted from Manchester United to Tottenham to Everton in recent weeks.

It’s just his luck so far at Goodison Park to have come up against a Spurs team that is more motivated to impress Antonio Conte than the sterile version that impressed Nuno Esprito Santo. It also misses the point and solves nothing to blame Everton’s repeated problems on the sixth permanent manager Moshiri has hired in five years.

If the team suffers a fourth straight league defeat on Sunday, dissent will certainly rise, and not just among those who have been critical of Bentez since his arrival because of his Liverpool ties. A promising start to the Everton manager’s reign, with new recruits Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend in the fore, has given way to alarming performances, prompting criticism of the squad’s character, which has been voiced by several of his predecessors. Don’t worry about its skill.

source : Guardian sport

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