With all the uncertainty surrounding Liverpool Football Club and in particular its manager Rafael Benitez, it is important to look at the credentials of those being linked with his position, should he choose to move to Juventus.
Whilst the notion of new wealthy owners, is everyone's dream situation, the reality is at this stage, that any new manager would have a very limited transfer budget to work with over the summer.
Perhaps Torres and Gerrard will be unjustly sold to make more funds available (plus service the ridiculous debt and interest the owners have bestowed on the club) but in this instance, any new manager will have to rebuild the team without its two recognised world class names.
The new manager will also have to be prepared to work under the fractious relationship and conditions that is Hicks and Gillett, as well work in cohesion with Christian Purslow and Martin Broughton to take the club forward, in hope of an eventual sale.
Despite its fall from grace on the field, the prestige and history of the club alone should be able to generate interest from some of the following managers, but only time now will tell if Rafa indeed stays or the well documented off field issues in fact improve.
Here is a quick insight into some of the names being linked in the media with Benitez's position, and a quick description of credentials and likelihood of wanting to take up the position of manager of LFC, should it come available.
At 62 years old Roy Hodgson is no spring chicken, but what most don't realise is the wealth of experience Roy has accumulated in his managerial career.
Not only does Hodgson have proven success at club level, having steered Fulham into the upcoming Europa League Final (a feat as we are all aware Benitez could not do) and also managing Inter Milan from 1995-1997, leading them to a UEFA Cup Final, which they lost on penalties, but he also has experience as an International level.
Hodgson managed the Swiss team at the 1994 World Cup in the USA, losing only one game in his qualifying rounds (in a group that contained Portugal and Italy) and making the round of 16, before being knocked out by Spain.
He also has managed the UAE and Finland national teams in his career, albeit not to the same success, in what has been a highly decorated career.
Hodgson has also managed abroad in Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland, and most recently found himself touted as a possible future manager of England, due to his recent success with Fulham.
It is his work with Fulham, that makes him an ideal candidate, given his shrewd dealings in the transfer market on a limited budget, as well as his ability to get the best out of his players with his motivational methods.
Roy's age may cause some concern for those who would prefer a younger, more dynamic coach, and given his status, name or standing isnt as high as other potential candidates for the job, he will have his doubters.
Skeptics, will also make note of his time in charge of Blackburn in 1997-98, where he was fired from his job, as the team sat bottom of the league, especially after squandering 20 million pounds on transfers that didn't work out.
Given that this was relatively big money back in the day, many may argue that he may not be the man to make right decisions in the instance of new owners, and is better suited managing a club of Fulham's stature.
Given that it is claimed he would look favourably on a move to Liverpool, and given his wealth of experience and ability to work within budget restrictions, Hodgson could very well be the next manager of Liverpool FC, should Benitez's position become available.
Wonderful manager, highly regarded not only for his ability to spend within transfer budgets and acquire quality players, but for his tactical nous and ability to motivate.
O'Neill has managed throughout the UK in his career, and has proven his loyalty by remaining in jobs for considerable time frames, notably Leicester City from 1995-2000, Celtic 2000-2005, before taking the reins at Aston Villa.
His loyalty has been proven again, when he came close to leaving Leicester for Leeds during his time there, only to change his mind due to the support of the fans begging him not to go.
He also has won numerous cups and titles in his career, leading Celtic to the Scottish treble in 2000, and to the UEFA Cup final in 2003.
Further, with Leicester City he also won the Football League Cup in 1997 and 2000, and made the final of the Carling Cup in 2010, which they lost.
Given his loyalty in the past, O'Neill may find it difficult to change to a club he sees as a contender and on par with Villa. This being said though, he has admitted to flirting with the Leeds job (while they were still a top tier team) but it would still take a lot to convince him of a move to Anfield.
O'Neill also has quit a club over transfer policy, leaving Norwich in 1995, due to the differences over the potential signing of Dean Windass, which may not be favourable given the well documented transfer issues and funding behind the scenes at the moment.
He also needs to feel he can work well with the management and owners of the club, as he will not be interested in taking up a position within a unstable environment.
Martin O'Neill is a widely respected and clever manager, and would represent a good step forward and a real coup for the club.
Given that he has been linked with replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United in the past, his ability is noted, and would represent a bright future and a step in the right direction for the club.
However, whether or not he would be interested in the job is a different scenario.
Another manager that has tasted success in Scotland with Rangers, winning two leagues and five Cups in his time with the club.
He also has International experience having managed Scotland for albeit a short time of just under 10 months, but undoubtedly adding to his resume.
Further, McLeish in becoming manager of Birmingham, has led his team to promotion from the Championship back to the Premier League (although he oversaw their relegation, in what essentially was a 'too late to save' job) and has impressed in guiding the club to a top half finish this season.
Still a relative unknown in regards to his ability to manage in the Premier League, despite a fantastic season this year and some of his transfer dealings such as Christian Benitez or Cucho have not been of a great success.
Given he is more likely to gain more funds for transfers, etc., from his current owner at Birmingham, it is highly unlikely McLeish would welcome a move to Anfield just yet.
However, the opportunity to manage the club may appeal, and he sits as a dark horse if Benitez is to be succeeded.
Recent reports have linked the return of two of Anfield's favourite son's Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush in a caretaker capacity, until a suitable permanent manager can be found.
There is no real need to explain the worth and value of both these legends to the club, given their hero and legend status, widely regarded as two of the best ever to have worn the Liverpool shirt.
Whilst this may only be in a caretaker capacity, the effect it may have on lifting the spirits around the club could be immense given their stature, and it may have a positive effect on the players, in particular the likes of Stevie Gerrard to be convinced the future is heading in the right direction at Anfield.
Plus Daglish's success as not only a player, but as a manager winning the league numerous times, and various other cups makes this option more and more appealing.
The only obvious fault is that both legends have not been in club football management or coaching for a long time, and it would be a big welcome back to step into the mess that surrounds Liverpool at the moment.
Further, with arguably the strength of the Premier League having improved over the years, a lot has changed since Dalglish last managed over 10 years ago and he might find it takes some time to get used to the managerial side of the game again.
It is fair to assume that, the fans would love this appointment and whilst it may only be in a caretaker capacity, it could go some way to restoring the traditional Liverpool values throughout the club.
Whether such an option becomes viable, and a direct successor is preferred remains to be seen, but the influence of both these legends who truly do love and want what's best for Liverpool could be just what the club needs in these dire times.
Undoubtedly one of the great managers in the current game, "The Special One" would represent a real coup and step forward for Liverpool Football Club, in particular in drawing players of the highest calibre to come to the club.
Mourinho also represents one of the biggest names in football club management, and despite his Chelsea past, fans would surely warm to a man who has one countless league titles and the Champions League, in charge of many different teams in different countries.
Also it is rumoured (according to Jamie Carragher's autobiography) that Mourinho is a Liverpool fan (apparently he used to have the clubs crest on his mobile phone background) and if this is so, it would mean he must surely be interested in the ongoings of the club.
Despite the obvious Chelsea ties, Mourinho also would require a healthy transfer budget to bring in the players he believes necessary for the club to go forward. Liverpool simply cannot afford this at the moment.
Further, Mourinho is also being touted as the next Real Madrid manager, as well as a possible replacement for Sir Alex at Man United, meaning the likelihood of him joining an ailing Liverpool is even more lessened.
Mourinho is one of the best managers of his generation, and whilst he would be of the stature and character Liverpool need at this time, the ownership issues and lack of transfer funds available, make this highly unlikely.
Perhaps if the club is bought by wealthy owners in time, that can afford to give Jose the transfer budget he seeks, the likelihood may increase. Until then however, the chances of him moving to Madrid look more realistic, much to the disappointment of some LFC fans.
Guus is known simply as the manager whose touch turns everything to gold. From leading countries like Australia and South Korea into World Cup finals, and getting the best from his players at these tournaments, to leading clubs such as PSV Eindhoven and Real Madrid, Guus's resume boasts fantastic achievements and credentials.
He also recently lead Chelsea to FA Cup success last year, and has been linked in the past with Benitez's position.
Having just signed with the Turkish national team, it is highly unlikely Guus would be interested in the Liverpool job.
Further given his strong ties with Roman Abramovich, from his time at Chelsea and with the Russian national team, it is unlikely he would join Liverpool as its manager in the foreseeable future.
While Guus has a stellar record, in particular in leading teams with less calibre players to success (Australia, South Korea) if Benitez's job became available in due course, given his recent acceptance of the Turkish job it is highly unlikely Guus would be a realistic candidate for it.
Awarded coach of the year in 2007-2008 in the Serie A, Prandelli is highly regarded in Italy as a high quality coach, who even oversaw Fiorentia's victories over Liverpool in the recent Champions League.
Prandelli has been linked with the Juve job as well as Benitez, and is reknowned for his tactical nous and shrewd transfer dealings.
Given that he is the longest serving manager in Fiorentina's history, as well as the fact he is not well renowned in the UK, it is highly unlikely that Prandelli would be bought on to replace Benitez if he leaves.
Further, given that he has never managed out of Italy and has no Premier League experience, it may be viewed as to big of a gamble to bring him on and drop essentially in the 'deep end.'
This would be a definite surprise appointment, and given that Liverpool have seen two other foreign managers come and go in the club's recent history, his appointment would be unlikely.
With Premier League experience, having managed Tottenham to moderate success, Martin Jol has been touted as a possible replacement should Benitez go.
Given that he has admitted he would be flattered to join such a club, indicates his willingness to consider the position and a interest in the club.
Further, having managed Hamburg and Ajax in recent times, his knowledge has been broadened and could prove beneficial in transfer dealings for unknown gems in both the Eredivese and Bundesliga.
Apart from the fact he was fired from Tottenham, Jol may not be the big name fans are hoping for, and a sign that the club is not moving in the right direction.
Given that he also spent a considerable amount of money on transfer in his time at Tottenham, fans may worry about any prospective transfer dealings, especially has his name will not attract the biggest players to the club.
While he may represent a cut price and stable option for Liverpool, most fans will argue that he is not a step in the right direction, nor is he of high enough calibre to manage the club.
This still looks the most likely option, that Rafa will stay on as manager of Liverpool and hopefully oversee the return of stability to the club.
Rafa also understands the Liverpool ethos and the current playing squad more than any other prospective manager, given it is his own, and his achievements in winning the Champions League are well documented, as well as his 2006 FA Cup win.
He also has been responsible for the signings of players such as Torres, Reina and Mascherano, which have improved the playing squad immensely and made it much more competitive.
Given his previous season's success, there is still hope that the club's fortunes can be turned around next season, and many still believe he deserves the chance to put things right.
The disharmony surrounding the club may mean a fresh change is needed to lift the sombre mood that surrounds Anfield at the moment.
With rumours of discontent of players such as Torres and Gerrard towards Benitez, his departure, may in fact mean these players are more inclined to stay.
Further, with Juve openly courting the manager, there has been no better time to move on. Rafa himself has struggled to let the fans know what his feelings are towards leaving the club, and many will feel they deserve better, especially given their support for him in recent times.
Finally, the likelihood of a small transfer budget, as well as some of his poor previous acquisitions in the past will also play a big part in whether Rafa stays or goes, and many will feel that in six years, he has had time to prove himself as a manager and spent enough to have won the league.
Rafa has also publicly fallen out with the owners on many occasions and this alone may see the end of his tenure at the club.
The fans want the league title more than anything, and given Rafa's inability to have won it thus far, many may think his time has come and gone.
Further many hold him responsible or at least partially responsible for the current plight of the club and hope that a fresh change could bring around a new period of stability.
The likelihood of him staying, depends realistically on the ownership situation and the transfer budget afforded to him, and it may be, that the next manager of Liverpool Football Club is only a few weeks away from being announced.