‘Everton boss admits he can’t fix Everton in five months’ — Rafa Benitez admits ahead of Chelsea clash

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Chelsea play host to Everton on Thursday night, and the Toffees are in a massive struggle at the moment.

Former Chelsea and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez was appointed to take charge of Everton, after Carlo Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid, and it hasn’t gone well for the Spaniard.

Ahead of facing Chelsea, Everton are 14th in the league and could face a relegation fight if they aren’t careful. More so, they have only won one of their last ten games and have lost four of their last five games.

Benitez is under pressure to deliver, but he has said that he can’t turn around Everton’s tide in five months.

“I was talking with Mr Moshiri this morning. I have meetings with the chairman, the chief executive and they are supporting me,” said Benitez, whose side have taken just four points from the last 30.

“They have experienced changing managers, they have experienced trying to adapt things and it was not working.

“Which is the feeling of the last years for any Everton fan: success or frustration? You know the answer.

“I have a lot of fans that are telling me the same. They know the problems are not just ones you can fix in just five months.

“When I talk with the owner, the chairman and the chief exec nearly every day we talk about what we want to do for the future, not just the present.

“We are thinking about January and not just January, after to see what we can do to make the team stronger.”

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