Kenny Dalglish favourite to replace Rafa at Liverpool

Out of the cups and trailing in the league Liverpool are being circled by punters today clearly sniffing blood as Rafa Benitez clings on for dear life.

Paddy Power’s betting so far today would suggest a three horse race on who will replace Rafa with punters making their opinons firmly known on who they would like to see in the hotseat. Former manager Kenny Dalglish is the 11/4 favourite edging out Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink at 7/2 and 9/2, respectively.

Other names further down the field include Martin O’Neil and Jurgen Klinsmann at 8/1 and Michael Laudrup at 18/1 with former Red Steve Staunton the 250/1 outsider

Not If But When?

Rafa’s days at Anfield are surely all but numbered following the FA Cup defeat to Reading. The Liverpool boss is 3/1 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job, 5/6 favourite to be the first big name to exit Anfield and 16/1 to have left the club in less than two matches. Paddy Power also offer 3/1 Rafa exits the door in less than eight games – although the Spaniard is 1/5 to somehow still be holding the reigns after eight games

Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power said: “Surely now it’s not if but when Rafa goes – certainly all the money today seems to suggest that is the case.

“Punters are recognising Dalglish is already working at the club and would be both an experienced and popular choice – but Mourinho and Hiddink are also proving popular with Liverpool probably facing a small window of opportunity to land such two of the most talented managers in the game.”


Premier League Sack Race
3/1 Benitez
10/3 Brown
5/1 Allardyce
15/2 Zola
12/1 McCarthy
14/1 Martinez
16/1 Grant
16/1 Pulis
18/1 Bar

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Next Liverpool manager
11/4 Dalglish
7/2 Mourinho
9/2 Hiddink
8/1 O’Neill
8/1 Klinsmann
18/1 Laudrup
20/1 Rijkaard
22/1 Trappatoni
25/1 Van Basten
25/1 Schuster
28/1 Lippi
28/1 Nicol
33/1 Eriksson
33/1 Houllier
33/1 Van Gaal
33/1 Jol
33/1 Deschamps
33/1 Hughes
33/1 Pellegrini
33/1 Ramos
33/1 Magath
40/1 McClaren
40/1 Hitzfeld
40/1 Souness
50/1 Moyes
125/1 Hansen
250/1 Staunton
Others available

Liverpool finishing position
50/1 1st
28/1 2nd
9/1 3rd
9/2 4th
21/10 5th
7/2 6th
23/10 7th or worse

How long will Rafa last?
20/1 Less than one game
16/1 Less than two games
12/1 Less than three
10/1 Less than four
7/1 Less than five
6/1 Less than six
5/1 Less than seven
3/1 Less than eight
1/5 Eight or more

First to leave Liverpool
5/6 Benitez
7/2 Gillett
9/2 Hicks Snr
5/1 Torres
11/1 Gerrard
33/1 Carragher

To Be There Next Season
1/5 Gerrard
4/9 Torres
4/5 Benitez

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