By Chris Wright
The representative of former Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that his client is in talks with Liverpool over succeeding Rafa Benitez – although the received wisdom is that Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is still favourite to take over at Anfield.
Pellegrini’s agent Marco Piccioli is quoted in The Sun today as saying;
“We are evaluating the move [to Liverpool] and we will soon have a new meeting to better establish the details of this deal.”
Even though the Chilean manager (who has been out of work since being sacked by Real at the end of last season to make way for Jose Mourinho) appears to have been in direct contact with the club, Cottagers boss Hodgson is still the prospective candidate closest to taking up the reigns at Liverpool.
Both the Guardian and the Mirror are today professing Hodgson to be the Liverpool hierarchy’s preferred choice to succeed Benitez, even though the man himself seemed to reiterate his commitment to his current employers when quizzed live on the BBC whilst punditing on the Mexico v France game last night;
“I’m happy at Fulham. It is all speculation and I can’t enlighten you. I don’t know any more than you do.”
The Guardian go as far as to suggest that Liverpool will make an official approach for Hodgson next week, although I suspect that the truth of the matter is that no-one’s actually got a f**king clue what’s going on.