RAFA BENITEZ has opened up on his miserable stint as Everton manager and revealed how one star suffered a freak injury by dropping furniture on his finger.
Eyebrows were raised last summer when the former Liverpool boss was appointed as the new man in charge of the Toffees.
Rafa Benitez has opened up about his miserable stint in charge of EvertonCredit: Rex
The Spaniard lasted just a few months and was sacked in January after a run of nine defeats in 13 matches.
Fans had been calling for his head for several weeks as they dropped down the table before a defeat to Norwich City proved to be the final nail in his coffin.
The Toffees replaced him with Frank Lampard and continued to plummet but seven points from a possible 12 at least means their fate is now in their own hands ahead of their final two games of the Premier League campaign.
Benitez has spoken to Spanish newspaper AS about his traumatic time at Goodison Park and blamed player injuries as the main reason he was axed – and he let slip about one unusual finger injury in the process.
The 62-year-old said: “We only spent £1.7m… Even so, we worked with what was available, we were making the most of the team, but we began to have injuries and misfortunes: one who dropped a piece of furniture on his finger and four players were injured.”
Despite being a Liverpool legend for guiding the Reds to Champions League success, Benitez knew he would be up against it from the start to win over the Everton faithful.
However, despite his short tenure, he is adamant that he has no regrets over taking the job.
He added: “It was a decision with a certain logic at the time… but seems I was wrong. But I don’t see it that way.
“At that moment, Everton was a competitive team, we thought it would work. But when we left we were six points behind tenth, with two games less, and six points above relegation.
“It was a bad position for what was expected, but consistent and realistic with the investment and injuries.
“From there, we talk about patience, trust, but people get nervous, social media influences things and a decision is made.
“Once we left, Everton made five new signings, got all the players back and had a new manager, who had to assume his responsibility.
“We did well at the beginning, we were a bit unlucky later and we didn’t have time to keep doing things and adjust.”