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Benitez to leave Liverpool by Sunday??

Gavmundo2010-05-02 15:08:08 +0000 #1
Bookmakers have suspended betting on the next Premier League boss to leave his job after a huge amount of money was placed on Rafael Benitez to be the ninth manager to go this season.

On Tuesday night the Spaniard was a 20/1 outsider to be next out of his job, but an enormous flurry of betting activity saw the price cut to evens before the markets were suspended at 9.30 on Wednesday morning.

"We are slightly jumpy after being turned over by the recent 'Weymouth coup'," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. "But the level of interest on Rafa getting the sack is unprecedented.

"We would be very surprised if Rafa is still the Liverpool boss by midnight on Sunday."

But leading Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, who is a personal friend of Benitez, moved quickly to dismiss claims the Liverpool boss is about to be axed.

On his website, Balague wrote: "There are reports that betting has been suspended on this particular market and the rumour that Benitez will be gone has spread like wildfire around the Liverpool supporters out here in Madrid and on the internet.

"If I am honest, I am not entirely comfortable indulging in these stories at the moment as there is so much misinformation being spread around that it is impossible to respond accurately to every single report or rumour.

"However, because of the number of people who are getting in touch with us, I feel I should respond.

"I can say with absolute certainty, categorically, that Rafa Benitez will not be sacked as manager of Liverpool this evening and that these rumours are not true.

"At the moment, the situation is delicate, and there have been developments with regard to the ongoing contractual negotiations at Anfield, and this is something that we will discuss later."

The Reds visit Real Madrid on Wednesday night for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League encounter with the Spanish champions - and should they get knocked out, Benitez faces the reality of a trophy-less season.

After setting the pace for several months earlier in the season, Liverpool now trail Manchester United by seven points in the league following a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City.

Since bringing in the new year at the top of the table, Benitez has since watched his side drop points against City, Stoke, Wigan and Everton, who also knocked them out of the FA Cup a few weeks ago.

Benitez's now-infamous outburst towards Sir Alex Ferguson just before the goalless draw at Stoke prompted many to question whether the Spanish manager could handle the pressure of a genuine title challenge.

Early betting markets on a potential successor quote Kenny Dalglish as 3/1 favourite to take over at Anfield, with Jose Mourinho at 10/1.

uk.eurosport.yahoo.c...-benitez-sunday.html

You think? Well I wouldn't be surprised if he left but would have thought it would be the end of the season and not as so soon as Sunday. The owners of Liverpool aren't the most professional of guys and everything they do seems to be the wrong thing. I think Rafa has been badly treated by them and is a good manager, the best Liverpool have had for a long time. I dopn't think it would be popular amongst the fans if he did leave.

And Dalglish as favourite to take over?? Is that a joke??


Calif2010-05-02 15:12:43 +0000 #2
Naw he won't be leaving..
~zero_signal~2010-05-02 15:26:41 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Gavmundo

You think? Well I wouldn't be surprised if he left but would have thought it would be the end of the season and not as so soon as Sunday. The owners of Liverpool aren't the most professional of guys and everything they do seems to be the wrong thing. I think Rafa has been badly treated by them and is a good manager, the best Liverpool have had for a long time. I dopn't think it would be popular amongst the fans if he did leave.

And Dalglish as favourite to take over?? Is that a joke??

I pretty much agree with you. I haven't been happy with the Liverpool board lately, and I'm 100% sure that if Rafa leaves, it will be because of disagreements between both parties.

I seriously hope that the whole Dalglish thing is a joke

-- it would be terrible if he replaced Rafa.
~zero_signal~2010-05-02 16:27:33 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Calif

Naw he won't be leaving..

I hope not, man.
Calif2010-05-02 15:47:20 +0000 #5
Why would he man?..I don't see why..so Nah don't think so!
Moscow Flyer2010-05-02 15:23:44 +0000 #6
I simply don't see him leaving. He will be fancying his chances at guiding Liverpool to CL victory.

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