Everton fans’ savage new nickname for Rafa Benitez is the ultimate insult

Everton fans have targeted manager Rafa Benitez with a savage nickname to express their feelings about his reign so far.

Since taking over last summer, Benitez has largely struggled to get to grips with the Toffees squad and a horrendous run of form has been the consequence.

Out of a possible 42 points, they have picked up just nine in their last 14 Premier League matches.

An off the pitch falling out with Lucas Digne, who has been a consistent performer at left-back, hasn't helped Benitez's cause either.

As a result, more and more supporters are beginning to refer to him as 'Paellardyce'.

The nickname is of course in reference to the national dish of his native Spain and former Everton manager Sam Allardyce.

Its origins on social media can be tracked back to 2020, before the former Liverpool boss had even taken charge of his second Merseyside club.

However, it recently gained traction when a Toffees fan account tweeted: "Nobody’s a**** Paellardyce."

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With Everton set to face Hull City in the FA Cup, one fan tweeted: "I’m at the stage where I want us to get beat by Hull on Saturday just so Paellardyce gets the sack quicker. Being an Everton fan is strange."

Another noted an alternative nickname also making use of a Spanish staple.

They said: "Just think, if things had been rosy we'd have never been blessed with Estrelladyce or Paellardyce. Got to take the positives, what an app."

Allardyce spent less than a year in charge of the Toffees, so the comparison doesn't bode well for Benitez.

The former England gaffer left the club despite having had a much better record than his fellow manager currently does.

Under Allarydce, who took charge part way through the 2017/18 season from Ronald Koeman, Everton finished eighth.

His uninspiring style of play was his downfall, though.

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