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McManaman plays down big names to Liverpool

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By Bryan Waters

Sunday 20 May 2012

Former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman has told the Reds that their days of attracting world-class managers are long gone and they should become more realistic, The Daily Mail reports.

Liverpool owner John W. Henry took the decision to sack Kenny Dalglish after a poor run of league form left the club with an eighth-place finish. Rumours have linked former boss Rafa Benitez with a return, but one of the standout favourites is Wigan boss Roberto Martinez who has been given permission to talk to Reds chief executives by his chairman Dave Whelan.

McManaman believes that a manager such as Martinez is probably the extent of Liverpool’s appeal and they would not be able to attract world-class bosses such as Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho. Liverpool attempted to attract fan appeal by posting a message on their Twitter account to see who the fans would want to replace Dalglish and McManaman insists that some of the supporters are not living in the deal world.

“You can’t identify Pep Guardiola and go get him, you can’t identify Jose Mourinho. Those days of that type of appointment have long gone. It’s unrealistic, isn’t it? Of course, we’d like Pep or we’d like Jose Mourinho, but we’re living in the real world. I don’t know who’s available, who’s willing to come”, the 40 year old said.

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By Callum on 23 May 2012 at 14:38

Some very bitter fans around here. Also blinkered, everyone but a 'Pool fan will agree with McM's words. Everyone worldwide has seen what has gone on at Liverpool over the past 3 years and no one wants to be a part of it. I can guarantee you Carroll, Downing, Enrique, even Henderson are all wondering what they thought they were doing moving to a plummeting club like Liverpool when it was clear as day to everyone else what was going on. It's been a long time coming, only Rafa managed to put it off (except ruining Torres & Gerrards careers, respectively)

By Yokohama Liverpool Fan on 21 May 2012 at 09:28

We have a World Class manager willing to join us!! One who has won the Champions League, gotten us to 2nd, won the FA Cup and won the La Liga twice and the UEFA Cup with his previous team Valencia. This manager knocked Mourinho's Chelsea twice out of the Chamipons League and managed to be voted Europe's top ranked team after reaching the final twice! Pep Guardiola....he did a great job with Barcelona but with all the Ballon D'or winners he has there, a philosophy and style already ingrained within the players developed or playing there even Rijkaard looked great. Taking a team like Liverpool that have plummeted to midtable with mid-table, Chamiponship quality, mediocre players and once great, but ageing superstars up to the top 4 is a "REAL Challenge". The kind of gargantuan task even Mourinho will probably fail with the amount of expectation to improve immediately although the owners are probably unwilling to spend big again. Mourinho has been in an enviable position of being funded to the hilt at teams already challenging for the title, which can be said for Pep as well. To be a top brand and compete with the Financial Goliaths Man City, Man United and Chelsea, as well as compete for 4th against a slowly declining but still coasting Arsenal along with the ever improving Spurs (and the barcodes) is probably a challenge many will find too stressful or even a lost cause. In this day & age of 24h coverage, your armchair pundits "experts", Skysports, football phone-ins and instant twitter messaging it is difficult for any manager at any Club let alone a Football Insitution like Liverpool! Once great, recently a nailed down Top 4 side that is plummeting to new depths with the media relentless to remind everyone of the fact. Anyway, Liverpool's priority besides attempting to get back into the top 4 without being out of contention before March is to bring in a manager that is GUARANTEED to improve us and start building a new stadium worthy of the Colossal brand we are! Without competing financially which has become the name of the game we are disadvantaged before the getgo!

By Akash on 20 May 2012 at 22:11

PLEASE NO TO..... Roberto Martinez Rafa Benitez Brendan Rodgers Fabio Capello Andre Villas-Boas Pep Guardiola Didier Deschamps Jurgen Klopp Michael Laudrup FRANK RIJKAARD as Manager and LUIS VAN GAAL as Director Of Football. If liverpool appoint middle class manager, only middle class player will join liverpool. BUT if liverpool appoint SUPERP manager, sure all the SUPERP and fantastic players will join liverpool. Before this, liverpool already try managers from: FRANCE (Gerard Houllier). SPAIN: (Rafa Benitez). ENGLANG: (Roy Hodgson). SCOTLAND: Kenny Dalglish. So now go for Holland Management… because Holland always got talen, that is Frank Rijkaard who bring Barcelona to the Top & also Luis Van Gaal that win 2 La Liga title in 3 season with Barcelona. Both also like to play Attacking Game. So i hope liverpool will appoint FRANK RIJKAARD as Manager and LUIS VAN GAAL as Director Of Football. And Give Them Money To SIGN: Higuain (Striker) Ibrahim Affaley (Right Winger) Eden Hazard (Playmaker) Kagawa (Left Winger) Lucas Biglia (Defensive Midfielder)

By JayP on 20 May 2012 at 17:35

Is McManaman secretly against LFC?.. Instead of promoting our club he's purposely 'advertising' that top managers do not belong at LFC. Disappointing.

By Red on 20 May 2012 at 12:48

The less some of these BIG MOUTH's ex players say, the better,they should keep their opinion to themselves. Trying to score, for self publicity gain is disrespectful to Liverpool FC and does'nt help,in anyway!!!.





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