It's boring, isn't it?

Worrying, yes, but mainly just dull. Repetitive and a gruesome sense of Groundhog Day.

How many times in the past five or six seasons have we headed into December in this sort of shape, or worse, or only marginally better?

Ronald Koeman's first season entered a gloomy winter and he would not be around to be in charge for a second.

Everton then installed David Unsworth for the longest caretaker spell the club has ever seen, eight matches, before Sam Allardyce was appointed.

Hindsight says the club should have just made Unsworth the interim boss and not gone back, cap in hand, to Allardyce.

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That was a grim and draining time.

Then Marco Silva saw the good work in his first November begin to unravel as the season moved into December and the New Year.

Twelve months later he lost his job.

Carlo Ancelotti signed off for his first, and only, November in charge at Everton with a home defeat to Leeds and went into December by drawing with Burnley.

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At least the Italian could point to four straight league wins thereafter.

Who knows how Ancelotti's Everton would be faring now, with the same hand Rafa Benitez has been dealt?

It's difficult to imagine he would have done much better, if at all.

And so here we are again. On the fringes of a winter of discontent with the pressure building, the frustration levels rising and question marks over what happens next and must-win games.

It's November. It's tiresome. And it tests the patience of every single fan.

There has to be change to break this gloomy, mundane, cycle of events that has seen Everton lurch from false dawn to false dawn, from new manager to new manager but, crucially, a state of inertia that has outsiders just rolling their eyes at the club.

And that's right isn't it? Not the same as they used to be.

Many of us felt the ruthless nature of the early hirings and firings of the new era at Goodison was a welcome show of ambition and intent. A refusal to accept sub-par performances in the dug-out, as well as on the pitch.

But there has been and gone a point where that had to give way to stability.

Things need to change at Everton, mainly on the recruitment side of things, but sacking the manager is not the way to do it.

Heaven forbid, the Blues' six-game winless run extends to seven tomorrow afternoon at Brentford. Or worse, it's a fifth defeat in six matches heading into the derby on Wednesday.

The atmosphere at Goodison will, naturally, be tense. Derby matches always have you on edge but the backdrop of a terrible run of form heading in adds further to the cocktail of emotions.

Win and the jubilation will be amplified. Lose and, well, you know how that one goes.

But while fans can rightly have questioned and criticised Benitez for certain decisions or hold him, in part, accountable for some limp displays at Wolves or Manchester City, sacking him would only shift the problems sideways. And there are many problems in this squad.

A new manager would, simply, inherit a squad lacking depth, a squad that lacks balance, characters and consistency. A squad that, in many cases, is overpaid based on what they have produced in return. Benitez believes that, on the whole, it is a group of good personalities and players eager to improve. But performances tell you that there are players who are unhappy or no longer the right fit for the club.

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The results from earlier in the season were papering over the cracks we all knew were there.

Benitez is confident he has the backing of Farhad Moshiri and the club's board, and will be given the time and space in which to improve the club in several areas.

Whether there will be further casualties of his grand-plan after Danny Donachie left the club, and from which departments, remains to be seen, but if given the support he says he holds, then you have to believe more change is going to come.

There has to be change. Everton are stuck in a cycle that needs breaking.