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It was announced on Sunday that after just six-and-a-half months in charge at Goodison Park, former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez had been relieved of his duties following the club's damning 2-1 defeat to Norwich City.
Benitez, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti in June, went on to claim that he did not realise the "magnitude of the task" at Everton.
In a statement following his departure, the Spaniard said: "It was a big challenge, both emotionally and in terms of sport. 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."
He added: "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."
Everton have been hard at work since sacking the Spaniard. According to Sky Sports, six names are being considered for the post.
Wayne Rooney, Graham Potter, Rudi Garcia, Frank Lampard, Duncan Ferguson and Roberto Martinez were all reported as potential options but now another big name has been added to the shortlist.
Would be behind Rooney, get it done 🔵 pic.twitter.com/SuGoy1XIQB— Benj Winstanley ➐ (@benjwinstanley) January 18, 2022
The Fabio Cannavaro managerial career record in full: pic.twitter.com/tjJInhv3wH— UpperGwladysBlue (@UpperGwladysBlu) January 20, 2022
"COVID-19 changed everything in the past year and a half," he said after leaving by mutual consent.
"I was unable to see my family. The league competitions were all broken up. There was even a four-month-long interruption. Everything looked fine at the beginning, but it turned awful later.
"Quarantine and the bubble mechanism kept me away from my family. It's not a sudden call to leave. Actually, I talked to the club about it when we were in Doha after the last CSL season."
Fabio Cannavaro is a left-field option that's today been linked to Everton.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 20, 2022
Italy's former World Cup winning captain previously spent four years in charge of Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, and is now a 16/1 shot for the #EFC hot-seat... 👔🇮🇹
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