Liverpool Boss Gets Dreaded Vote of Confidence: Stand By Your Man?

We should have expected as much.

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Sports - September 25, 2007

Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow has insisted manager Rafael Benitez’s position is safe, despite the club’s early Champions League exit.
Liverpool failed to make it past the group stages for the first time in six years, despite a 1-0 win over Debrecen.
But Purslow said Benitez would remain and added: “He is under no threat.
“I’m on the record as saying Rafa’s signed a new five-year contract – he’s four months into that contract so to discuss that is not appropriate.”
Liverpool’s slender hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages were dashed by Fiorentina’s 1-0 victory over Lyon.

Despite their own 1-0 win in Hungary, the Reds can finish no higher than third in Group E, behind Fiorentina and Lyon, with one round of matches still to go.
Failure to progress from the group stages left Benitez ruing the late goals conceded against Lyon.
The Reds were beaten 2-1 by the French champions at Anfield before drawing 1-1 at the Stade Gerland.
“It was our own fault in the end, the late goals we have conceded along the way have cost us,” conceded Benitez. (BBC Sport)

So last night we were delivered the Champions League death knell that we were all dreading and now as expected the board has come out, well Mr. Purslow at least, to show their support for Rafa but lets face it we knew they would come out and say as much and I am not sure Benitez is any nearer to the exit than he has been for some time.

I don’t personally want him to leave, mainly because I don’t think that a new boss will be able to do much more with what we have to work with. We could argue all day about the talent in the squad and the fact that Rafa is the man who populated the squad in the first place, but we are where we are and its not a nice place to be in.

Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard want us to knuckle down and get excited about the Europa League and that is probably the best thing we can do. We are out of the Champions League and when you think back to when the groups were drawn we all thought we had a fairly easy route to the knock out stages but lapses of concentration against Lyon and a thoroughly poor performance in Florence has led us to this very point.

What now? Merseyside derby time, and perhaps there isn’t a better time for such a powder keg affair and I for one hope the lads can get their heads back up off the floor because we as fans deserve something to be happy about.


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