Posted 2010/06/02 by matthewsf in EPL. 16 Comments
On a day when Capello says he's set at England through 2012, Benitez is dangled a package. Will he go to Inter?
The Liverpool are talking severance package with manager Rafa Benitez, attempting to find a way to mutually part.
(No way the Reds are swallowing the current price tag.)
Posted by John on 2010/06/02 at 12:28 PM
Hicks out first. Good Grief.
The Man is the WORST owner in any sports. Worse than Sterling I care NOT what people say. At least Sterling isn’t about to put three teams into bankruptcy.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/02 at 12:55 PM
There is an interesting article about Hicks / Rangers in The Economist.
Posted by Nick on 2010/06/02 at 2:25 PM
I don’t know if the fashion savvy Milanistas will care for Rafa’s bus driver look, but they’ll definitely like his conservatively defensive style (assuming he keeps the core of the team together to make himself look good).
Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/02 at 2:28 PM
I hope he goes. He was on his way to taking Liverpool to another level but in the end his poor transfer market skills and stubborness couldn’t take them where he intended. He did very well winning the champions league, FA cup and Super cup but Liverpools poor form in the league suggested that he didn’t quite get the EPL.
He’s a very good manager, a brilliant tactictian but there are times when its best too part companies….like now!
Posted by John on 2010/06/02 at 2:37 PM
While I agree that Benitez has his faults, to think that firing him is going to improve the condition of the club is just folly.
The problem at the club right now is systemic, and is spreading. There is no head to the beast and until Hicks/Gillette are removed from the scenario it doesn’t really matter too much WHO is at the healm.
Plus if they only have about 15mil in transfer funds to spend to begin with, who are they bringing in as a coach. If cost saving manners are at hand is Liverpool going to look at the Ian Dowie’s of the world? shudder.
Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/02 at 3:46 PM
I think it will help in the fact that Benitez wasn’t friendly with his players. The young players and especially Gerrard if he stays need someone to bring them along in a tough love sort of way. Yes Hicks/Gillette need to go but this is a step. Rafa has lost the team so having him stay won’t do anything. I rather they spend money on a very good manager then bring in a good player that is not being managed properly.
Posted by John on 2010/06/02 at 4:16 PM
I think some of the issues surrounding Benitez has to do with how you read comments from Riera and the ever popular “unnamed sources”. You can look at the team in hand and ask the question “how did they plummet so much from last year” or you can ask “did they overachieve last year”. Quite a bit of the struggles from this year has to do with injury, quite a bit from the bench, and (I am sure) quite a bit from the coach.
The loss of Xabi Alonso impacted the team greatly but the dropoff of talen from the Starting 11 is pretty dramatic. when you are leading the line with Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel you are going to have problems scoring. Liverpool was so desperate for bodies during the season that they decided to trot out the corpse of Voronin. Liverpool haven’t had a squad for awhile now, and this comes back to bite them every time Torres takes a knock. I would include Gerrard in the prior sentence but he was so lost this year that it was hard to tell when he was injured and when he was healthy.
Does this have to do with the coach? Probably, but the situation doesn’t look rosy even if Benitez is sacked.
Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/02 at 5:23 PM
I think they over achieved last year but they also had a bite and belief in what was going on. This goes a VERY long way. This year they didn’t and they did look lost. Losing Alonso was huge I agree (another mistake by Rafa) and i don’t see Liverpool challenging for the title with a new manager but is this the first step to righting a sinking ship.
Why he sold Crouch and Keane when they both would have been useful the past two years is beyond me. Keane was weird as he didn’t perform but also he wasn’t shown any confidence by the manager. This is one of Rafa’s major flaws. He expects these players to be confident but he does nothing to really help them get to achieve it. Aquilani is a good player and the two or three times he was given a chance he did a good job. Very next game he was on the bench and not used…The constant tinkering did nothing to help the team.
He has been with the team for 6 years. I just think its time for a change. I will be very interested to see who they get and who wants to be a manager
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/02 at 9:30 PM
Liverpool will no longer be able to trade on their anme. Seriously. No CL football. And they wont finish in the top 4 in 2010/11. FACT.
Sign on, Sign on
With a pen in your hand
You’ll never get a job, get a job
Posted by John on 2010/06/03 at 7:45 AM
From The Club Fansite:
Liverpool FC today confirmed that Rafael Benitez is to leave the club by mutual consent. Click on the link below to read the full statement.
Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/06/03 at 7:56 AM
Gerrard as player/manager. I can feel it coming in the air.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/03 at 8:38 AM
The thing is, who will they get to replace him? How many *proven* top coaches are there that are unemployed? Liverpool finshed 7th some 30-odd points behind Chelsea. They’re not as big as they think they are any more. They have fallen behind and think they can trade on the tradition and history.
Do you think that they will go after Roy Hodgson? Does that mean he’ll take Dempsey with him?
Posted by John on 2010/06/03 at 8:45 AM
I completely agree George. This is my problem with the situation. Leeds went down and there is nothing to say that Liverpool wont head in that direction. Their owners virtually have no money, there is no stadium deal, the players (supposedly) aren’t happy, and they have no bench/not much development.
What coaches are available? They are going to have to wait after the world cup to even pick someone up from a national team somewhere. Roy is 63 and beloved at Fulham, do you think he is going to leave a more stable financial situation with a smaller club for increased expectations, not much money, no champions league football and an ownership situation that is horrid?
Plus some of the pundits think that Roy wants his next opportunity to be England head gaffer….
Hicks has been trying to gouge people on his teams for years while running them into the ground. He claims unlimited transfer for this year but the people who look at finances claim they have 15 million to spend (if that). That money doesn’t even really exist because the club is in so much debt that they are in the red.
Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/06/03 at 8:46 AM
I don’t think Liverpool will turn his eye.
There is, however a chance that he could end up at Inter again, taking Dempsey with him.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/03 at 9:00 AM
With Capello pretty much in the job until after 2012, i don’t think he will be the next England manager. I have heard the Inter rumours, and Roy himself has said ‘he’s got one big job left in him’, which is a pretty blatant come and get me plea.
I must admit, Liverpool in turmoil puts a smile on my face (although Palace are in a glass house, so I shouldn’t throw stones…).
Posted by John on 2010/06/03 at 12:21 PM
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