Liverpool make a Special request for Jose Mourinho if Rafa Benitez goes
Jose Mourinho is being lined up as the next manager of Liverpool if Rafa Benitez refuses to sign his new contract.
The former Chelsea manager, now at Inter Milan, is top of an Anfield shortlist in case Benitezís dispute with the club leads to him walking out.
Liverpoolís American owners are increasingly alarmed at the refusal of the Spaniard to sign a new deal after months of negotiations.
And associates of co-owner Tom Hicks have made contact, through a third party, with Mourinhoís agent Jorge Mendes to explore the possibility of a summer move. Frank Rijkaard, AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti and former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson are also being checked out.
Benitez has consistently moved the goalposts during negotiations even though the Americans have met most of his demands.
That has led to a frenzy of speculation which reached its peak this week, with bookies making him favourite to be the next boss to leave a Premier League club.
It is thought that Benitez is keen to see chief executive Rick Parry moved aside, and the manager has also indicated that he finds it difficult working with co-owner George Gillett.
He also wants assurances in the event of the club being sold.
Hicks is a staunch supporter of the Spaniard but Gillett is less committed and questioned if Benitez should be offered a deal that runs until 2013.
Both men are standing by their offer but they also realise they could be left in a desperate position if Benitez stalls until the end of the season and then decides not to renew - paving the way for his departure.
That is a position that becomes more likely with each day that passes without agreement.
And the owners have acted in the past, interviewing Jurgen Klinsmann for the managerís job a year ago.
Mourinho clearly fits the bill if a replacement is needed. He has repeatedly stated in recent weeks that, despite success in taking Inter Milan to the top of the Italian League, he would love a return to England.
And he makes no secret of his admiration for Liverpool and the history of the club.
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Parry leaves, so that means Rafa should be staying and signing the contract shortly.
Last edited by Taurean; 27th February 2009 at 06:55 PM.
Sigh...so much drama off the field. And all I want is to see Liverpool win the EPL
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parry gone! rafa sign!
Confrimed he's out!
there's another side to look at. MONEY!
the chao ang mos have to sell the club because they have no money. one of the two wants to sell. the other doesn't. why? probably to make more money from the initial price they played for the club. greedy isn't it?
why aren't the rich guys calling to buy the club? quite simple. they (the rich guys) know that the loan the chao ang mos have taken will be called in soon. iirc should be june or july.
and if the chao ang mos cannot pay the loan they will have to sell at the highest price they can get. the rich guys don't have to pay what they are asking for right now which will earn the chao ang mos a cool one hundred million pounds over what they paid for the club.
raf999 to stay on liao lor!
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One joker gone. Bye Bye Parry.....
When will the 2 american pies be gone? I am still waiting!!
As much as I like Jose Mourinho to replace RB (if RB really leave), but I don't see how Jose Mourinho would allow the 2 american pies to dictate his signing. Isn't that one of the reason why he leave Chelsea?