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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Could Liverpool be angling for Mourinho?

I've been very suprised at the recent strife at Liverpool between the clubs owners and manager Rafael Benitez. Could this be deja vu because it sounds all too similar to what happened at Chelsea with Jose Mourinho.

The way this is playing out in public is a very worrying sign of things to come at Anfield. I was very sceptical of the notion that Mourinho would be pushed out of Chelsea but I was dead wrong, and that has made me speculate that Liverpool have their sights set on a return to England for the special one with a switch of color from blue to red.

Could Jose Mourinho be the next Liverpool manager in waiting? Have there been secret approaches in Setubal to line him up for next season and could this be an explanation as to why Liverpool are hedging on transferring any new faces (not to mention handing the transfer reigns over to Rick Parry) to the club and saving the funds for a Mourinho entry? It's a very interesting idea.

My feeling is the owners have lost confidence that Benitez is the kind of manager to bring Liverpool to the next level. Insiders have speculated that the club has not improved much since the big spending summer and the player rotation policy has annoyed players and fans alike.

How can a manager who has brought a European crown, a final and is in the position to make a strong run at the Premiership (not to mention the total dismantling of Newcastle at the weekend) this season be under pressure? Simple. Liverpool have their eye on Mourinho and are looking to next season already.

Thoughts?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I hate his arrogance, I would replace Rafa with Mour in a split second.

11/27/2007 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to have mourinho instead of rafa i would kep hold of rafa ? how many injuries did we have ahead of the rest of the preniership not many rafas rotation keeps players fit but dont like changing that many players though

11/27/2007 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mourinho for me

11/27/2007 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As much as I hate his arrogance, I would replace Rafa with Mour in a split second."

Why?

Mourinho won league titles in Porto, where winning is the norm (they've won 17 of the last 31 league titles), and at Chelsea (where he had a squad that had £200m+ spent on it in less than two years). Where has he won with modest resources and established rivals to deal with?

On the other hand, Benitez won league titles at Valencia (two in three years, after not having won the league for 31 years), and the Champions League with the likes of Djimi Traore, Igor Biscan and Neil Mellor.

You must be joking if you think that Mourinho could do more.

11/27/2007 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If pool choose to go after Mour, they're going to have to pay hefty compo to the blues for the privilege if they want him anytime before next summer. I believe the figure is 21M ? I just wonder whether the Americans would be prepared to pay that or might prefer to fudge the remainder of the season with a 'stand-in' until he could arrive for free

11/27/2007 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jose is very good at putting the cherry on the
cake baked by others raniari did the ground work at chelsea (all of their best players were signed by the tinker man NOT mourinho) so I *could* see him doing the same at liverpool. But seeing as he cant take another job until june 2008 due to his chelsea severance deal, rafa could well have won the league by then !!!

11/27/2007 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

god i couldn't stand it if mourinho went to the scousers...

11/27/2007 5:59 PM  
Blogger Carl said...

Idiotic suggestion. Mourinho is over-rated at best. Liverpool supporters would not stand for it. There is only one man to guide Liverpool forward and that's Benitez. Liverpool-baiting hacks like yourselves have contributed to this trouble in the first place.

11/28/2007 8:49 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Columbo can rest easy

11/29/2007 12:26 AM  

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