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Rafa has not had a good start to a season that must AT LEAST seriously reduce the points difference from the Prem winners to Liverpool. Any1 who thinks the 20 points or so can be vanquished in 1 year are kidding themselves,
The fans love the Champ L and Rafa and Co have been awesome in it. However,the Prem is now the holy grail as Liverpool have never won it.
I do think that Rafa in his time as manager has done enough to NOT be booted out the door yet.
At the end of the season,or Feb if Liverpool are miles off the pace,then the top brass should look for a new man to steer the ship but he deserves a bit longer to see how things pan out. Chelsea are fragile, Man U don't look that solid and Arsenal are showing defensive weaknesses that IMO will cost them dear in the long run.
It is still Liverpool's best chance for a long while and Rafa has earned the right to a little more time.
The key now is to see if he can/will adapt to a new squad system or if he bumbles along unable to change.
Well apart from the CL and the FA Cup which you guys, last season is the first time in Rafa's regime that Liverpool hasn't won anything and despite the behind the scenes fracas which caused Pako to go, Liverpool has a decent start to the season and with still one game in hand. I think it's too soon to let him go.
I know he's world renowned for the constant merry-go-round that he does with his players. Never consistent with his lineup and you would think that he remember that lesson last season. But no he didn't.
This is beginning of a October and the end of spring (in terms of the seasons - changes in life) so now the crucial games will be more important and if Rafa continues to meddle and diddle with the lineup then yeah, I can see him go as early as December. If he can pull magic out of the hat and start winning games and being a contender then Liverpool will be a force to be reckon with.
Absolutly not. We have a patch of off form games and people want to panic. Fact is if we change managers now, you can kiss the Prem this, and most likely next year, while the new guy puts his system in place.
Rafa has finally had the funds to assemble the squad he wants, give him at least to the end of the season to prove if he can deliver a prem title or not. If we are where we were last year, or worse, then yes, lets look for someone new, but until then, we've got nothing to loose, and everything to gain by sticking with Rafa.
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The idea of outing Benitez on the back of 2 precious points dropped is to me a spur of the moment thing and with hindsight may premature later on.
YES, the team is off the pace on the pace-setters.
YES, CL qualification matches have been a struggle this season and things looked dim at present.
YES, there is no consistency in the team and rotation is being blamed by a cross section of kopites.
YES, it's looking more unlikely that the team would be able to mount a serious challenge this season.
YES, it seems to everyone that Rafa doesn't know his best 1st eleven players after 3 years at the helm hence the various permutations being tried by him.
BUT, are there a suitable candidates out there who would carry the kopites' cannon and rich tradition of good football and win trophies playing to entertain the fans???
In my unabised view as a gunner the answer is NO.
Mercenary managers such as Jose Mourinho may be able to win the elusive EPL trophy for kopites but may well do so at a great costs to your club, are the scousers willing to sacrifice entertainment for boring no-brainer defensive shyte being professed by Jose in order to win the elusive title?
And would the costs of attaining such league title justify the means. IMO, Jose won 2 EPL trophies in his time at Chelsea but as everyone knows it is tainted and valueless trophies due to the money Chelsea used to buy it. Even Mourinho had been disappointed that the EPL did not recognise his achievements of winning two league titles during his time in England, and why would they? Because, we all know that the title was bought with Roman's money.
If there was a viable replacement wellboy I'd seriously be considering it but starting another 'rebuild' under a new boss would be an absolute nightmare! Not sure if all the Benitez promise is now getting to the point that Houllier was at, take them so far and then run out of steam!
Think we have to give him til the end of the season and then weigh it up again!