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Rafa Benitez’s Inter Milan ‘sacking’ to clear way for Blackburn manager talks
Rafa Benitez could sit down for talks with Blackburn officials over their vacant managerial post before Christmas, with reports in Italy suggesting his agent is already negotiating a payoff ahead of his sacking by Inter Milan this week.
Widespread reports in the Italian media suggest the only thing standing between Benitez and his P45 at the San Siro is a severance package – which would be the former Liverpool boss’ second in just six months.
Inter are said to be holding off on announcing the Spaniard’s departure until they have settled on a mutually agreeable sum.
However, former AC Milan coach Leonardo is already thought to have been approached to become Benitez’s replacement before the January transfer window opens.
Press speculation earlier this week had predicted such a move from Inter president Massimo Moratti, who was said to have been left seething by an outburst from Benitez after last week’s World Club Cup victory.
Benitez demanded either the backing of the Nerazzurri chief in making new signings, or for the Italian to sack him if he didn’t believe in ‘the project’.
The ex-Reds manager left England for Serie A in the summer but still has a home in this country, where he has returned for the Christmas break.
And it is thought he would be open to a Premier League return – prompting the firm links with ambitious Rovers.
The Lancashire outfit’s new owners want a high-profile managerial appointment to guide them into the top five, and Ewood Park officials are said to have already made contact with Benitez’s representatives to sound out his interest in discussing the terms of the job. (Metro)
This would be a very bold move for Blackburn Rovers to make, if indeed this report is accurate. Remember the Ewood Park side did approach Diego Maradona about the vacant post so clearly the club’s new owners have no qualms about aiming high in their search for a new manager.
The Lancashire club did state publicly that caretaker boss Steve Kean would be in place until the end of the season but perhaps the chance to land the Inter Milan manager was just too good to be true. Rafa Benitez is in limbo as it appears he is very likely to be sacked in the next day or two but reportedly the San Siro club are finalising a financial package that they hope the Spaniard will accept before they announce his sacking.
The former Liverpool boss is currently in Merseyside for his Xmas holidays so it would be fairly easy for Blackburn representatives to pay him a visit.
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