Benitez To Stay: Bad News for Liverpool Faithful
Liverpool rooters' hopes of welcoming a new manager were dealt a huge blow with the latest revelations that the club couldn't afford to sack him. Liverpool's massive debts means manager Rafa Benitez is set to continue for another season at the very least.
Having turned down an offer from Juventus (read it as "Juventus' reluctance to comply with the demands made by Benitez"), there aren't too many teams interested in securing the services of this Spaniard. If Liverpool are to fire the manager now, they will be bound to pay £16m to the Spaniard as per the terms of his contract.
For paying that, Liverpool will be forced to sell one of their star names which isn't going to happen either with massive holes in the squad, which needs to be strengthened this summer. All this means the burden called Benitez is going to continue as a liability with the club pathetically looking down under their roots for fresh investments.
Co-owners Gillet and Hicks have kept the club up for sale, but up until now potential buyers were forced to stand back due to the exorbitant demands of the Yanks. Without a takeover, Liverpool's future looks dim especially after the enviable rise of Manchester City.
City will be looking forward to strengthen their already strong squad. With cash in abundance and the just concluded season's experience under their belt, City looks really strong and might take over Liverpool's position in the big four.
Also, Tottenham is on the rise but not really a challenging force in the long run. This season should be considered as an odd one in which their profligacy and massive spending over the past couple of years were rewarded with a deserving Champions League place. But the team is erratic and far from big four material on a regular basis.
However, even Tottenham's squad is far superior to that of Liverpool's, which means Liverpool will sweat hard against the North London club if they don't splash some serious cash, which wouldn't be possible unless a takeover happens sooner rather than later.
Certain quarters would argue that Liverpool is trying to make a scape goat out of Benitez. And to support their arguments they cite the lack of funds and rapacity of the owners as the reasons for Liverpool's dismal performance.
However, I beg to differ to a certain extent. He should've judiciously utilised whatever cash was available, but he didn't. A single signing of Aquilani is enough to support that notion.
Benitez never really built a team capable of winning the League since his arrival into the Premier League six years ago. His priority was the Champions League and in turn tried to stamp his authority in Europe with a pretty good stint in the European stage and very little success in the Premiership. This implies his selfish desires dominating the club's interests as a whole.
His activities in the transfer window duly suggest the fact that he never really wanted to win the League. He failed to build a team with real depth capable of withstanding the whole domestic league campaign, instead his team was more suited for the European competition.
Furthermore, his man-management skills are terrible to say the least. A single name will justify my accuse: Ryan Babel. He should've/could've utilised this Dutch winger in a better way. Now it's far too late, and he's on his way out in search of a better manager who can help him hone his raw talent and skills.
What Liverpool needs is a new manager who values the Premier League more than the Champions League. But before that a take over is imminent and urgently needed is a huge sack of cash to shrug off the threats of Manchester City and Tottenham.
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