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Benitez on the brink at Liverpool

June 3, 2010

What's gone wrong for Rafa?

After months of speculation, a season of lows, and over 12 months of behind-the-scenes antics, it seems as though the time has finally come for Rafael Benitez to depart Anfield as Liverpool manager. Sources in the media are suggesting that Rafa will have his bags packed and his passport readied within the next 48 hours, as talks with Messrs. Gillet and Hicks continue regarding a lucrative pay-off for the Spaniard.

However, with Liverpool’s financial situation as it is, it seems likely that the figure of £16m – the amount due to Benitez if disposed of under the terms of his contract – will have to be reduced as the board and manager seek to reach a mutual agreement over the deal. Reports are claiming that the sum of money will be close to £3m instead. When Benitez does leave Merseyside, the odds are that he’ll replace Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, as the former Chelsea boss has now become the head coach of Real Madrid following Manuel Pellegrini’s sacking.

Despite being a Benitez fan through the 6 years he’s been in charge, I feel it is the right time for him to leave, for a number of reasons. I believe that the key to Steven Gerrard remaining at the club is for Benitez to leave as the charismatic captain has showed signs of discontent with Rafa’s managerial style recently, and some of his tactical decisions have been questionable to say the least. The one that sticks in the mind of most Reds’ fans is his decision to replace Fernando Torres at St. Andrews against Birmingham with the score at 1-1, something that Gerrard didn’t hesitate to visually question.

There’s no doubt that Rafa helped Liverpool progress from the days of  Gerard Houllier through his 6 years as manager. A Champions League triumph in his first season, followed by victory in the FA Cup the next, and a 2nd-place finish in the 08/09 season has placed Benitez in the hearts of many Liverpudlians, and despite obvious indifferences with the American owners, there is no doubt that the majority of the blame rests on their shoulders. Much of the sympathy goes Benitez’s way, and it will be a shame to see the man leave a club he clearly felt so affectionate for.

I wish Rafael Benitez all the best in the future, and I will never forget that he was the man who inspired Liverpool’s first European Cup triumph in my lifetime. Adios amigo!

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