Van Gaal Liverpool link adds to intrigue for Martinez and AVB
Former Dutch manager Van Gaal could have designs on Livrepool job himself
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.