Van Gaal Liverpool link adds to intrigue for Martinez and AVB

Former Dutch manager Van Gaal could have designs on Livrepool job himself

LAST UPDATED AT 09:32 ON Thu 24 May 2012

WITH former Dutch boss Loius van Gaal heavily linked to the job of sporting director at Anfield, Liverpool appear to be no closer to appointing an actual manager, amid conflicting reports about their primary targets, Andre Villas-Boas (above) and Roberto Martinez.

To confuse matters further it is claimed that Van Gaal may not be satisfied with the 'upstairs' role and has eyes on the manager's job himself, which could undermine the efforts of the club's owners to impose a new structure at Anfield.

Worried fans are also calling for the return of crowd favourite Rafa Benitez, who still lives near the city, and have set up a website to try and persuade Fenway Sports Group to appoint him.

According the The Guardian the chances of Villas-Boas getting the job are growing slimmer by the day. "While his candidacy cannot be discounted completely, he has seen his prospects diminish amid interest from Fenway Sports Group in Roberto Martínez, Brendan Rodgers and possibly the man they wish to oversee a new managerial structure at Liverpool, Van Gaal," it reports.

The Liverpool Echo goes further and says that it "understands the former Chelsea boss is no longer a candidate".

However, Metro interprets things rather differently. It points out that AVB's agent Carlos Goncalves has said that the Portuguese was looking for a "technical project" with "longevity" and the paper describes the former Chelsea manager as "frontrunner" for the Liverpool job.

If Villas-Boas is out of contention it increases the prospect of Martinez getting the job. But he has yet to meet the owners, and he could end up going elsewhere. According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are lurking in the wings and "will attempt to land the Spaniard in the next few days".

The same paper says Brendan Rodgers is also in Liverpool's sights, but it raises the prospect of Van Gaal donning the tracksuit. "My fingers are itching. I’m full of fire and want to work with players," said the 60-year-old Dutchman. · 

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Go get Van Gaal. He is itching and after what happened in the 2011, he wants more. he has a point to prove. Go get him FSG. The man is experienced and has been at the very top of management. Forget Rafa, Martinez. Rodgers and AVB. Go get him

Van Gaal benefited from taking jobs which Cryuff had left hence the "success" he has achieved. He did it at Ajax and again at Barcelona and I would not recommend this man because he is not Liverpool Class. He has won the dutch league and taken a side to the CL final. Any top 10 manager could have taken Bayern to the final with the world class side they have assembled. So I ask, on what grounds should Van Gaal join our beloved LFC? YNWA

Why the call for Benitez? He luckily won the Euro Cup with a poor team selection and Houllier's players, whilst he threw away the 2007 final again through poor team selection and tactics. He left the club in a mess, yes I know the owners didn't help, but he made many poor buys upset players and onoy had one striker of worth when he went. He upset Alonso forcing him out and if you look at his record elsewhere he does it at every club he's been. Valencia ended up bankrupt and with Inter he blamed everyone else and wanted more money even though they were Euro champs. Let's try someone new like Van Gaal or AVB.

FSG are most silly fools if they dont appoint Van Gaal as manager, he is the only oustanding canditate who can get Liverpool a Champions league place and also can with the EPL!! Why in the life of me is FSG are going after a bottom league manager is beyond me!!!Matinez are won nothing in his lifetime!!! that says it all. i am afraid they will make a mistake again and make everyone suffer!!

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