Five challenges Rafael Benítez’s successor at Liverpool must face
Uncertainty over the owners
Tom Hicks and George Gillett want out but are struggling to find a buyer who will match their £600-£800m asking price for the club, meaning Benítez’s successor has no idea how long his employers are going to remain in place and if the new owner would want to keep him upon completing a takeover. In the meantime, the new manager will also find himself caught between the Americans, Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Shoes Authentic Prada Online Shop Sale who are barely on speaking terms, and the supporters, who hate them Bicester Village Prada Refund deeply.
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Despite insisting they would not ‘do a Glazer’ when they arrived at Anfield in 2007, Hicks and Gillett have saddled the club with debts of £350m and increasingly struggled to Agatha Ruiz Dela bags Prada Sale Uk provide the Spaniard with the money he demanded for further signings. There is unlikely to be much for the new man to spend either, with some suggesting he could have as little as £15m, plus the sale of existing players, to put towards new recruits.
Holding on to Gerrard and Torres
The club captain and star striker have been vague over their futures following a terrible season for the club, and while the pair could generate over £100m for the new manager, he will not want to lose either given their importance to the side. Without Gerrard and Authentic Prada Outlet Uk Torres, Liverpool look decidedly average and, given the worrying financial state of the club, it is unlikely the money generated from Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Outlet Online their sales would go into replacing them anyway.
When Benítez replaced Gérard Houllier in June 2004, he was taking over a club that was competitive in the league and playing in the Champions League – a trophy the Spaniard won in spectacular style the Black Prada Doctor Bag Authentic Prada Handbag Uk following May. The new man takes over a club that cannot realistically challenge for the title and will be playing in the second tier of European football, which would make it difficult for him to attract top players even if the money was there to buy them. Competing in the Europa League also brings an added pressure for the new manager – he will be expected to go far in the competition, perhaps even win it, and failing to do so will be seen as an immediate and inauspicious failure.
As the banners which adorn the Kop show, Liverpool is a club in love with some of its former managers. Those who follow Bill Shankly, Authentic Prada Handbags Online Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish are under pressure from the outset to match them, whether it be in trophy success or charisma, a feat which is difficult for any man to replicate.