Jose Mourinho is being considered to replace Rafael Benitez at Goodison Park as pressure mounts on the Everton manager.

The Liverpool legend is under huge pressure with the Toffees having picked up just one point from their last seven Premier League outings.

Benitez was a controversial appointment by the Merseyside club in the summer because of his strong links with the Reds.

His popularity among Everton fans has never been high as a result and, with the team struggling, he is at risk of the chop.

Owner Farhad Moshiri has already given Benitez the dreaded vote of confidence ahead of Monday night's game against Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho at Goodison Park in 2018 (

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"Football is about crisis one day and glory the following day," he told talkSPORT after the 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool.

"Rafa is a good manager and underperformance is largely due to the injuries. Next two weeks, we will get to a full squad and, in the meantime, results will improve.

"Rafa needs time to have his mark on the squad. He will be supported to add depth to the squad. Managers need time.

"I have no doubt that we will have a strong second-half to the season."

Despite this, Mourinho could leave current side Roma for another crack at the Premier League.

The Portuguese has previously coached Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham. His Roma team are currently seven in Serie A after back-to-back defeats.

With the Italian side struggling, Mourinho may decide to jump ship if given the opportunity by the Toffees.

And, speaking in December 2016, he confessed his love for Goodison Park.

The famous stadium is one of the oldest in England, although it may not be around for much longer as Everton plan to move to a new home at Bramley-Moore Dock in the next few years.

"I managed against [Roberto] Martinez’s Everton, [David] Moyes’ Everton and it is always difficult," said Mourinho, then manager of United.

"It is always beautiful with a great crowd and a great stadium which is historical for my country as Eusebio scored four goals in one match there during the World Cup in ‘66.

"I had so many great matches there. Some I lost, some I won, but always a great match."

Rafa Benitez is feeling the pressure at Everton (

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Boyhood Everton fan Jamie Carragher, who went on to become a Liverpool icon, claimed Mourinho's Premier League career was finished in April.

"I don't see Mourinho back in the Premier League, I think that ship's sailed now," he said. "Would he got to a middle of the table club? I just don't see him there, I really don't."

Speaking at the same time, Carragher's Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness insisted Mourinho could manage at the top again.

"He's a big name, a big manager," he said. "He will be welcomed by other big clubs.

"He's got a track record that is right up there with the very best, he's got a way of working which isn't so attractive to a lot of people, but he gets the job done."

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