Mr Can't Sit Still

Oh Rafa Benitez, why do you tinker so?


Look at the more successful managers in the league at the moment (Ferguson, Wenger, even O’Neill) and they appear to have one thing in common – they build their teams, slowly introducing players, always maintaining a good balance of old and new.

At United, wise old heads like Scholes and Giggs know that they won’t play every game, but their importance to the team is never underestimated. Other newer faces like Nani, Hargreaves and Anderson are happy to wait their turn. Likewise, Wenger manages to keep his bench pretty happy, and it’s rare that you’ll see a thunderous face fidgeting in the dugout.

Not so over at Liverpool. Those on the sidelines appear constantly in the dark – Voronin has been slagging everyone off, even placid Peter Crouch is getting eggy. And now there is speculation that Benitez is going to spend the summer hurling some of the bigger names onto the bonfire. Crouch is destined to go, Pennant (despite showing some decent form) is surplus to requirements, and the whisper is that even Alonso, a player in the classic Liverpool mould, is set to be flung out onto the streets.

What is Benitez playing at? He spent half the season tinkering around before stumbling across a system that works, and now he looks set to dismantle everything and start again. Would he be wiser to take a leaf out of the Wenger school of management and work on the decent players that he already has?

5 responses so far
  • Bouncer // May 2, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I see you’ve manage to change the batteries in your Fisher-Price Random Bullshit Generator (TM) you clueless cunt!

  • freddie // May 2, 2008 at 11:54 am

    One look at the names being touted for the boot should have rung a bell somewhere. Crouch and Pennant have both been bit part players at best this season so wouldn’t be missed much were they to leave. Alonso is a slightly different matter, however, the man himself has re-iterated his intention to stay (although it would go someway to explaining why we’re in for Gareth Barry).

    You need to read better rumour pages if this is the best you can manage ;-)

  • Amelia // May 2, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    He didn’t stumble across it. He used it at Valencia but couldn’t initially use it ehre becaue he didn’t have the money for the lone striker or the supporting wingers.

    and the stats prove Fergie and co rotate as much, where was the uproar when Fergie rests Ronaldo or Rooney which he ahs done at times this season? And do Torres, Gerrard, Reina, Carragher not all play regularly? Isn’t that a spine of the team?

    Alonso’s been shite for a while now and hasn’t heeded the kick in the ass Rafa’s given him – he may be surplus to requirements.

  • Jon // May 3, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Alonso has been pretty poor for over a year, he’s not come anywhere near the form of his first season. I’d still be sad to see Xabi leave as I’m sure he can regain his form.

  • Tone // May 12, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Alonso will stay, I reckon and rightly so as he’s starting to find his form again. Pennant is an anomaly for me, a winger who can only cross one good ball out of ten and sadly Crouchy needs to move on, for his own sake as Rafa only views him as an impact sub.

    Getting back to the ‘article’: Benitez’s ‘tinkering’ has won us the European Cup, the F.A. Cup and got us to another Euro final since he joined…not bad eh?

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