We hear a lot from the folks who want Rafa Out because he has not won the Premier League Title after 5 years as manager. So far I have not heard a realistic alternative to Rafa, remember who the owners are, they are cheap and will not pay any huge salaries to get any world class managers. Below I have listed all the managers mentioned as a possible replacement for Rafa. Remember that winning the title does not mean anything to the owners. For them Liverpool F.C. is like a stamp collection that you hold on to until the price appreciates and then you sell for a good profit. As long as Liverpool remain a Premier League team then the value of the club will appreciate even if we do not win any trophies or compete in the Champions League.
Martin O’Neill : I like Martin O’Neill he has been a great manager for both Celtic and Aston Villa however can he deliver the Premier League title? At Liverpool he will probably have the same budget as he does at Aston Villa, Although Villa have improved can anyone see them becoming a Premier League Champion contender?
Guus Hiddick : Guus seems to be a better manager in motivating an existing squad but he does not have any good experience within the transfer market. Most of his successes have been with National teams. As a club manager he failed at Real Madrid, won the FA Cup with Chelsea and had good success in the Dutch domestic league with PSV. The questions that linger are; Can Guus win the Premier League? & Will Hicks & Gillett want to pay his salary?
Jose Mourinho : Mourinho already said it himself that he will not manage Liverpool if he does not have funds, so this case is closed.
Mark Hughes : Fired from Manchester City after he failed to make City a title challenging team while he had a budget that was the envy of any manager. If he did not succeed with the huge budget at City what can make us think that he will be successful at Liverpool? On top of it he is former Manchester United and Everton player.
Sven-Goran Eriksson : Another one fired from City and also fired as manager of Mexico. Can you imagine Hicks, Gillett & Sven? If you though we were a soap opera 2 years ago Sven at Liverpool will take us to a new low.
Kenny Dalglish : Football has changed a lot since Kenny was manager at Liverpool. After seeing the fall from grace of Graeme Souness, does Kenny want to become a manager and risk tarnishing his legendary status at Liverpool should he fail to bring the Premier League Title?
Frank Rijkaard : Won the Champions League and the La Liga title twice with Barcelona however what would he have done on a limited budget? Would he have won the La Liga title if Rafa was still at Valencia? Will Hicks & Gillett dish out the money to pay for his services? My guess in No, No, No.
Arsene Wenger : Out of all the managers here Arsene would be the best choice however I can not see him ever leaving Arsenal to take over Liverpool. It will not happen.
Alex McLeish : I know it is romantic having a Scottish manager bringing back the nostalgia of the good old days. Alex has done well with Rangers and not too shabby with Brum. Again his current transfer budget at Birmingham is higher than it is (or will be) at Liverpool, I do not see Brum winning the Premier League so I can not see Liverpool winning the Premier League with him.
Harry Redknapp : Well at least his son played for Liverpool. Harry has done a pretty decent job at Spurs and he did win the FA Cup at Pompey. At Spurs he has had a budget bigger than Rafa has and Spurs are no where close to winning the Premier League. Also I am not sure what his role was in the Pompey financial woes.