Liverpool Set for Real Madrid Summer Swoop That Could Be a Blessing In Disguise?

La Liga giants look to Anfield boss to take hotseat in the summer?

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Sports News - January 26, 2010

Real Madrid have made Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez the prime candidate to take over the reins of the club during the summer, according to The Sun.

The Spanish giants bowed out of the Champions League in the first knockout round for the sixth consecutive season, and the lack of success on the European stage will reportedly see current coach Manuel Pellegrini forced out of the club when the curtain comes down on this term.

The president of the White House, Florentino Perez, is consequently believed to have made Benitez the first-choice target for the summer, with Inter boss Jose Mourinho and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti also believed to be among the names being discussed if the Spaniard decides not to join the Madrid-based club.

An unnamed Real source is quoted as saying: “Rafa is the preferred choice. He is a Madrid man and his agent, Manuel Garcia Quillon, has an excellent relationship with the club.

“Above all, though, his record in Europe is exceptional. The club want to return where they believe they belong – to be the No.1 team in Europe again. They believe Rafa is the man to make that happen.”

Benitez used to be a coach at Real’s academy, and has in the past indicated that he would like to return to Madrid someday. (

OK, so hands up who would be devastated if Rafa Benitez decided to up sticks and leave Anfield for the Bernabeu. OK, not a lot of hands there. Who still thinks that the Spaniard is the right man for the Liverpool managerial post, ok so a few more hands there but not exactly a strong show of faith in our current boss.

In many ways Rafa has already put pen to paper on his Liverpool death warrant. He has stated publicly that he ‘guarantees’ a top four finish and I think he will walk if we fail to secure a Champions League spot, even if it would mean losing a shed load of cash that he would have gained if he were sacked.

After the poor showing at Wigan and then the distinctly average performance away at Lille dark clouds have reappeared above Benitez’s head and just when it looked like things were getting better for the man at the Anfield helm, things have got very uncomfortable again.

After the Portsmouth debacle we went on a good run and were battling for victories and even though we lost at the Emirates we looked decent but these latest two performances have once again shown just how inconsistent we can be. We have now lost a total of 15 games this season in all competitions. 15! I mean that is atrocious at the best of times but given that this season was supposed to be ‘our year’ its even worse.

If Real Madrid do sack Manuel Pellegrini, and that would be a mighty unfair decision given that Real Madrid are top of La Liga and have won 20 out of 25 games in the domestic league and are a damned exciting team to watch when they are on song, would they really turn to Rafa Benitez as a potential replacement? Jose Mourinho has been highlighted as a potential successor but given his Barcelona roots that move seems highly unlikely.

What are the chances that Benitez ends up back at Valencia this summer?


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