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Saturday 24 February 2018

Reds in no rush to replace Benitez

Liverpool have set no deadline on their search for a new manager following the departure of Rafael Benitez.

The Champions League-winning Spaniard parted company with the Reds by mutual consent yesterday after six years at the Anfield helm.

The development came as no surprise after a night of intense speculation on Merseyside.

The 50-year-old had four years remaining on his contract but has paid the price for the club's disappointing 2009-10 season, in which they finished a disappointing seventh in the Barclays Premier League.

Benitez is thought to have agreed a £6m compensation package and attention will now turn to the identity of his successor with several high-profile names already in the frame.

Martin O'Neill and Roy Hodgson, managers of Aston Villa and Fulham respectively, are among the favourites - as is Guus Hiddink, despite his recent appointment as the Turkish national team coach.

With owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett planning to sell the club, former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, now an Academy ambassador, could also be a short-term option.

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