Who will be the new Liverpool boss? Martinez, Benitez, AVB?

May 17, 2012

The big name candidates to take over at Anfield after Kenny Dalglish was sacked by Liverpool

SOME OF the biggest names in football management are vying to take over at Anfield after the owners of Liverpool sacked Kenny Dalglish, following a season in which the Reds finished eighth with their lowest ever Premier League points tally.

Dalglish did secure European football by winning the Carling Cup, although Liverpool needed penalties to overcome Championship side Cardiff in the final. And by dismissing the iconic Dalglish, the club's ambitious and unsentimental owners, Fenway Sports Group, have made it clear that they expect success.

So who will be tasked with bringing the good times back to Anfield?

Andre Villas-Boas
A year ago the young Portuguese was the hottest thing in management having guided Porto to a European and domestic treble in his first season in charge. Then Chelsea came calling and Villas-Boas upped sticks and moved to west London, where he endured a miserable eight months under Roman Abramovich before being fired. He was linked to Liverpool before Dalglish was appointed in 2011. But the BBC says his opportunity has passed. "Intermediaries acting for the club have spoken with Andre Villas-Boas, but he is unlikely to get the job," it claims.

Rafa Benitez
The former reds boss remains hugely popular among Liverpool fans, and guided the Reds to Champions League glory and second place in the Premier League during his reign. But after their experience with Dalglish the club's new owner John W Henry may think twice about looking to the past, and the club have apparently not contacted him over a possible return.

Roberto Martinez
The big early favourite to take over. The likeable Spaniard has been at Wigan for three years and has kept the club in the Premier League despite limited resources. Goal.com reports that FSG made contact with Martinez last week although Wigan have denied this. According to The Independent: "The 38-year-old does appear to meet the criteria of FSG in many ways, having introduced a footballing ethos which runs through all levels at the club." He is certainly the most likely candidate from the Premier League, although Brendan Rodgers of Swansea, Paul Lambert of Norwich and Newcastle's Alan Pardew have also been mentioned.

Jose Mourinho
Whenever a big job comes up then the Special One is linked to it, and although he was once public enemy number one on Merseyside when his rivalry with Benitez was in full swing it seems the Kop may now be amenable to the idea of Mourinho at Anfield. Earlier this year a poll on US sports site Bleacher Report found almost 90 per cent of fans (albeit in the States) thought the Special One would be a good fit for Liverpool. They may also be American, but FSG are likely to side the 10 per cent. Plus, Mourinho may think he has unfinished business in Madrid.

Frank Rijkaard
The former Barcelona manager is certainly a more likely bet than the man who succeeded him at the Camp Nou, Pep Guardiola. He was linked to the club when Benitez left in 2010 but on that occasion the unfortunate Roy Hodgson took over. His career has not been spectacular since he quit Barcelona in 2009. He was later sacked by Galatasaray and is currently in charge of Saudi Arabia who have failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. However, the odds on him taking over were slashed after Dalglish got his marching orders and he appears to be a bigger favourite than other European managers including Joachim Low and Jurgen Klopp.

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the one i want to manage liverpool is fabio capello.

Alex McLeish is available? :-)

I have been an avid 'Liverpool supporter for forty years and was over the moon to learn that Kenny Dalglish was sacked for his abysmal management throughout the past season! 'PEP the ex Barcelona manager is my pick to bring respect back to LFC. There is no one in England good enough for the job! 

sad sad day for liverpool and kenny, but we must move on. the way we played last year was just not good enough. It was the most frustrating season ive watched in forty years of following LFC. My pick would be Rafa ,unfinished business.   

If Roberto Martinez is given the job I'll quit watching football forever.

being back rafa

only rafa benitez should be better

Martinez, Rogers or Lambert reminds
me CAdam, Downing & Henderson - big fish in a small pond.  Fighting out with the fellow relegation
battlers for getting out of the last 3 spot (for 40 points) is a bit different
from getting into top 3 (or doubling the points tally to 80) is a bit different
story.  If any of those top 3 is
appointed, I 'll bet neither 'll be there before June '13.  AVB, Rafa or Klopp; otherwise pls. bring back KK.    


That comment is laughable, Swansea and Norwich finished 5 points behind Liverpool with essentially League1/Championship squads. Let alone the limited resources and spending power Rodgers has at Swansea makes the achievement all the more commendable.

I would quite like to see what those managers could do with a team that has vast resources at it's disposal. Plus you never know it could just work out for Liverpool yet most Liverpool fans seem to be blinded by love for King Kenny.

Gus Poyet. Has done brilliantly with Brighton, will have the respect of the players and more importantly can help to keep his fellow countryman and Liverpool's only world class player, Suarez, at Liverpool.

What about Guss Hiddink?

Wouldnt mind AVB just need players to listen to what he wants to achieve.  Unlike Chelki Prima Donna's

Dont think it was right to sack dalglish...would love to see Mourinho get the job but if not prob martinez

I think at the moment only an experienced manager such as Jose Mourinho can bring the club to its former glory. I was a teenager when Kenny was great player for Liverpool. But i think he gave enough to the club. And the game has changed too.

I am a great fan of Kenny Daglish. If the sacking of Daglish is inevitable in the eyes of the club owners, then they better get it right this time. And if it's instant success they crave, they must go for the best and there's nobody else but Jose Mourinho. He is tried and tested and has the type of personality that will never walk away when presented with the toughest possible challenge. After all, what challenge can be greater for him than to bring back the glory days for LFC by winning the EPL and Euro Champs League? Anybody else selected will be most unfair to Kenny Daglish. 

The Chuckle Brothers 

Glad to see the under acheived go at LFC. Surely the logical contender for the position is Chris Hughton, who has not only proved himself at Newcastle, bue would get Andy Carroll playing again. LFC need a proper coach, and a game plan to score goals. 

avid Liverpool fan of 40 years my _____. No Liverpool fan would be over the moon that Dalglish was sacked.

Are you a bluenose? Chris Hughton instead of Kenny??? What has Chris Hughton ever won? 

Martinez has no credentials. Three years at Wigan and appalling defensive record. No track record of consistency until the end of each season. Only complted 3 seasons because Dave Whelan not from the school of hire and fire. Unproven over a season

Have you forgotten about Gerrard and Reina

martinez, 3 season of keeping a team in the bottom 4 and 8 good games at the end of this season, rodgers did nothing at reading and had a okish season in the prem,he`s swansea kept up with there home form, dont the media and fans realise theres are managers outside the UK, money talks, whoever the manager is, if theres money ready to spend they should do ok, give the job to someone with a decent track record who plays attacking football, shame moyes is a blue would of been perfect for us.


i agree Benji3 we hit the bar 35,36? times missed 9 pens if half went in we'd be champions league when was the last time we made 2 cup finals! when we won the treb! come on we are not chelsea the King should have had more time. we didnt get any luck last year.

I agree, but also there is no one in England good enough for the job.  How about Mourinho?




Benitez not my pick. Undoubtably kenny should've had 1 more season but what is done is done. Martinez big fish little pond (Wigan) my preffered choices avb, Pep Guardiola but number 1 choice is defo mouriniho. He would bring success again to lfc. Lookhow passionate he is and the talent he could bring in. And once again the liverpool club I have seen and known will be feared yet again! LFC!!!

I think that the King had the toughest job st Liverpool since Hilsborough....and lets not forget what he did for the victims. The club was in real risk of relegation when he took over .I agree that we may need a change bu lets have some respect for the king . In 40 years have you learned nothing about our club......

Totally agree , but I do think we have to be realistic why would Mourinho come to Liverpool, he wont have a blank cheque and there is no guarantee of a trophy.We have to look for the future and look at more realistic targets I think Joaquim Low (apologies if spelling wrong) is the man has helped Germany into a real force again and may be missing the big time.....

Firstly I wish Kennt all the best...... like most REAL reds we were sad to see him go whatever your view on his tenure.I agree that he has made terrible signings but lets look at where we were when he took over , at risk of relegation.
Time to move on I think Rafa is available, cheap , lives on Merseyside and loves the club so cannot be ignored .My choice is Joaquim Low the German coach he has the credentials to promote a footballing ethos ,is used to handling big names and may want a shot at a big club after the summer.
As for Martinez/AVB ..........not never ....just not yet

How about Claudio Ranieri? Managed bigger clubs then Liverpool and builds teams of the future, also avalible and experience of English football??

What Liverpool need is a coach who has proven that he can get more out of players than everybody around think is possible, including the players themselves. Somebody who instils and demands great belief, passion, determination and good organisation. I think the Belgian coach Michel Preud'homme has done this consistently in every job he has taken, in Belgium, the Netherlands and now Saudi Arabia (he won the league with Standard Liege in Belgium, Twente in the Netherlands and Al-Shabab Riyah in Saudia Arabia). How many coaches can boast such successes in so many different leagues? Every time he has guided sub-top teams to win the league or close to winning the league. Because he's Belgian he's hugely underestimated (just like Belgian players) - he's also still very young (53 years old and 12 years of coaching experience) -  I think he's definitely worth inviting for an interview with the Liverpool owners.

benitez or rijkaard is the solution not martinez

i have been a liverpool fan all me life and i want rafa or barca manager but i want barca manager more because hes better

i have been a liverpool fan all my life and i want rafa or barca manager but i want barca manager because he better and he will be new to english football