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Mourinho ‘keen on being Rafa replacement’

The Guardian are reporting that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is keeping a keen eye on developments at Anfield with a view to replacing Rafael Benitez as manager. The Spaniard has had a troubled relationship with Liverpool’s new American owners this season and results on the pitch have done little to appease their expectations.

“There has been no approach to Mourinho by the Americans, but Hicks and Gillett are understood to be actively considering replacement managers and are well aware of the abilities of the Portuguese, who discussed becoming Liverpool manager before joining Chelsea in 2004. Asked last night to comment on the pair’s interest in employing Mourinho, Hicks declined.

Mourinho’s family were keen to live in London again when he was considering becoming England coach, although they do not hold the same enthusiasm about the wetter, colder and (in their view) less cosmopolitan North-West. ‘Liverpool is not the same as London,’ said a friend. ‘But Liverpool is a big club and Jose loves English football. For now we have to wait.”

It would be a bitter pill for Rafael Benitez to swallow if indeed he were to be replaced by his old adversary. However, it’s hard to imagine Mourinho joining another Premier League club, especially after declaring his intention to manage in Italy or Spain after leaving Stamford Bridge.

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