By Adefunmiloye Alani

4th Dec, 2021 | 6:35am

Everton call emergency board meeting with Benitez's future top agenda

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright called an emergency board meeting for Friday, with Rafa Benitez’s future high on the agenda, according to The Mirror.

Toffees’ Director of Football Marcel Brands flew back from Holland as the Toffees chiefs met at Finch Farm yesterday (3 December) to discuss the direction of the club following six defeats in their last eight games.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is also due to fly in from the United States this weekend to meet with board members, and he plans to hold talks with Benitez ahead of Monday’s game with Arsenal.

Worrying signs?

Wednesday’s (1 December) 4-1 loss at the hands of Liverpool at Goodison Park highlighted just how woeful Benitez’s side have been so far this term, and it is not a surprise that the club met to discuss his future.

Things have gone bad in recent weeks, and with a tough run of fixtures ahead, Everton could find themselves in the relegation zone if they do not turn their form around heading into the second half of 2021-22.

They travel to Crystal Palace after the Gunners clash before games against Chelsea, Leicester City and Burnley.

Things should be able easier afterwards, though, as they face Newcastle United, Brighton, Norwich City and Aston Villa next.

Benitez will fancy his chances of picking up much-needed points going forward, but he could be a few losses away from being fired.

Sealing a place in the European places has always been the club’s target since 2016, but they could be facing a relegation battle soon, and they could be making a decision on the Spaniard’s future if nothing changes in the coming weeks.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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