Bye Rafa and thanks for the memories

Rafael Benitez

Liverpool last night sacked Rafael Benítez, with the Spaniard pocketing more than £3 million in compensation, according to today’s newspaper reports. Manager for six years, Benítez has taken Liverpool to the promised land of the Europa League after failing to qualify for Europe’s elite tournament with a seventh place Premier League finish. Having spent more […]

Scouse malaise deepens United’s bonhomie

Pepe Reina

When Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez tried to offload midfielder Xabi Alonso in the summer of 2008 at a mooted fee of £16 million, Juventus declared an interest. Alonso, reluctant to leave Anfield for Italy, turned his back. A year later and it was the midfielder – relationship with Benitez irrevocably broken – that forced a move to Real […]

Bitter Benitez lacks any class

Rafael Benitez

Has there ever been a worse loser in the history of the Premier League than Rafael Benitez? It’s hard to recall a losing manager more bitter, or buried deeper in a pit of denial than Liverpool’s Spanish coach. As United claimed a record equalling 18th Enlgish title yesterday, Benitez refused to congratulate Sir Alex Ferguson […]