Istanbul and all that. What are your memories of Rafa’s Anfield reign?
Liverpool have announced manager Rafael Benitez has left the club by mutual consent after six years in charge.
Benitez, 50, replaced Gerard Houllier as Liverpool manager in June 2004 and guided them to Champions League and FA Cup success the following two seasons.
But last season they made an early exit from the Champions League and only finished seventh in the Premier League.
Managing director Christian Purslow and former manager Kenny Dalglish are to begin the search for a replacement.
The club said there is no timeframe for an appointment and they will make no further comment until a new manager has been installed.
Benitez, who was one year into a five-year contract, finalised his departure after agreeing a severance payment and said he was “extremely sad” to be leaving the club.
“I’ll always keep in my heart the good times I’ve had here, the strong and loyal support of the fans in the tough times and the love from Liverpool,” he told the club’s website.
“I have no words to thank you enough for all these years and I am very proud to say that I was your manager.
“Thank you so much once more and always remember: You’ll never walk alone.”
Recently-appointed club chairman Martin Broughton thanked Benitez for his efforts, but said it was time for a new era.
“Rafa will forever be part of Liverpool folklore after bringing home the Champions League following the epic final in Istanbul but after a disappointing season both parties felt a fresh start would be best for all concerned,” he said. (BBC Sport)
So now that you’ve had time to let the news filter through your collective systems, how do Liverpool fans feel? It kind of felt like was on the cards for some time. Have last seasons failures clouded memories of success?
What are your memories of the bearded Spaniard, both good and bad (the memories, not the beard).