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Jamie Carragher left red-faced as his Rafa Benitez Everton comments backfire

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Jamie Carragher has been left red-faced following the sacking of Rafa Benitez by Everton. Benitez was relieved of his duties at Everton on Sunday, less than 24 hours after defeat to strugglers Norwich at Carrow Road. It ended a reign of six months for the Spaniard at Goodison Park.

Carragher spent six years of his playing career at Liverpool under Benitez.

So few know how the 61-year-old works more than the former England defender.

Carragher claimed after Benitez’s appointment that he would be the “perfect” manager for Everton.

However, it has proven to be far from that, with the Toffees 16th in the Premier League having won just one of their last 13 matches.

Speaking on the All Together Now podcast, Carragher explained why he felt Benitez was the right profile of manager for Everton.

“The reason I think he’s the perfect manager for Everton is that he’s different from [Carlo] Ancelotti,” he said last June.

“I think Ancelotti was a manager who won big trophies at big clubs, I think Benitez has had most success at teams that are fighting the big clubs. He was successful at Valencia against Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“At Liverpool, Champions League, FA Cup and Champions League final, and at that stage we weren’t great, but those weren’t his best Liverpool teams.

“His best Liverpool teams came after that and we didn’t win anything.”

Earlier this month, Carragher conceded it was not going well for Benitez.

And he claimed it was always going to be difficult for him after his past at Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Carragher said on Sky Sports: “I wouldn’t say you’ve got to get behind him because it’s always going to be difficult getting behind an ex-Liverpool manager.

“I wouldn’t like to see an ex-Man Utd or ex-Everton manager at Liverpool. I would find it difficult to get behind him, certainly if things were going badly as it is now.

“His best Liverpool teams came after that and we didn’t win anything.”

Earlier this month, Carragher conceded it was not going well for Benitez.

And he claimed it was always going to be difficult for him after his past at Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Carragher said on Sky Sports: “I wouldn’t say you’ve got to get behind him because it’s always going to be difficult getting behind an ex-Liverpool manager.

“I wouldn’t like to see an ex-Man Utd or ex-Everton manager at Liverpool. I would find it difficult to get behind him, certainly if things were going badly as it is now.