Rafa Gone Within 48hrs After Star Duo Forced Decision

By on June 3, 2010

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By Football Talk.

Rafa Benitez looks set to leave Liverpool within 48 hours, bringing to an end a 6-year stay on Merseyside. The Anfield board opened talks with Rafa’s representatives last night in a bid to agree a severance package, with a £3m pay-off offered for Benitez to walk away. However, Rafa only signed a long-term contract recently and is entitled to £16m should he be sacked. But both parties are now in talks to find a deal that suites both parties.

Benitez’s position has been under scrutiny after a disappointing campaign which saw Liverpool finish seventh in the Premier League, and had early exits from the Champions League and domestic cups.Benitez is currently on holiday and his agent is refusing to comment.

It seems the Anfield hierarchy had to make a decision now, as senior Liverpool players such as Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard had both lost faith in Benitez and were considering leaving the club unless a change was made. In the end, the decision was a relatively simple one.

The problem now will be just who will be able to come in and do a better job under such difficult circumstances. If reports are accurate, there may only be around £5m available for player recruitment this summer and there is continued uncertainty over the ownership of the club which will put-off most big-name managers. There are rumours that Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish will take over on a temporary basis until Hicks and Gillet manage to sell the club, meaning the new owners can install their own man.

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4 Comments

  1. Livmad

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Excellent news at last. Next step, yanks to quickly find buyers, whilst King Kenny takes over temporarily, good players to stay, i.e. Torres, Gerrard, Reina, Mascherano, Aquilani, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Maxi. Quickly offload non-performers, i.e. Lucas, Ngog, Riera, Insua, Degen, ElZhar, Plessis. Promote youngsters, i.e. Kelly, Darby, Ayala, Pacheco, Ecclestone, Nemeth, Dalla Valle.

  2. Voland

    June 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Kenny Dalglish is indeed the King, however I doubt that he is keen to step back into management. I for one am worried that we will get a manager at the twilight of his career and that the progress made in the Rafa years – both at first team and Academy level – will be wiped out…

  3. jason

    June 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    GOOD OR BAD DECISION WE WONT KNOW TILL SEASON STARTS, UNLESS THE YANKS ARE CLOSE TO SELLING THE (YEAH RIGHT) THEN WE CANT APPOINT A NEW MANAGER JUST FOR NEW OWNERS NOT TO WANT WHO IS IN CHARGE AT TIME. KING KENNY IS A LEGEND BUT IM NOT SURE WHAT HE CAN DO THAT RAFA COULDNT, SO FOR THIS DECISION TO BE THE RIGHT ONE A QUICK SALE IS NEEDED AND I THINK THAT AINT GONNA HAPPEN THIS YEAR, MEANING MORE DEBT, NO TRANSFERS,MAJOR STARS LEAVING AND THE TEAM STRUGGLING IN MID-TABLE FOR YEARS TO COME, AND I CAN GUARANTEE THAT RAFA WILL BE SUCCESSFULL WHEREVER HE ENDS UP.

  4. typingmaniac

    June 4, 2010 at 12:47 am

    wow.. it’s really that easy to sack rafa, huh? i wonder why they didn’t do it a few seasons ago. but seriously, i don’t really think liverpool improved after winning the champions league in rafa’s debut season. like sir alex said, their time was the season when they got 2nd and not more than that. i guess the gaffer’s right. with the players he’s got (benayoun, babel, torres, stevie g, ngog, etc.. and letting go of keane & alonso??) he shouldn’t have been too defensive and scared to play at their own strength. sorry, rafa. you had it coming.

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