Saturday, 24 October 2009

Redknapp backs top class Benitez

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has joined Arsene Wenger in backing Reds Boss Rafa Benitez. Yesterday Wenger declared the press criticism of Benitez 'excessive', and that he felt sorry for the Anfield boss. Now the Spurs manager has backed Benitez to bounce back, citing him as a 'top class manager.'

“It’s when nothing goes right and every night you go home and rely on those closest to you to remind you that you can still do the job.

“Confidence takes a knock, it’s a brittle thing in football," said Reknapp in the Echo.

“But I do not doubt Benitez’s credentials or his ability for one second – despite a relatively poor run for Liverpool.

“People should not forget that Benitez has won the Champions League for Liverpool and taken them to another final.

“He has won the FA Cup and has maintained the high standards of success at one of the world’s greatest football clubs.

“Benitez is a top-class manager and that has not changed.

“Despite the defeat to Lyon on Tuesday I still predict they will beat Fiorentina at home and then go on to qualify for the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League.

“I could not predict a top four this season now because things are getting so much tighter with teams like Manchester City, Aston Villa, Everton and my Tottenham side pushing hard.

“But Liverpool will be up there when the honours are being dished out at the end of this season.

“I would hope that it is not even on the radar up there on Merseyside that it is time to consider a change of manager at Liverpool.

“Benitez has done five years and has a pretty enviable record of trophies. Liverpool is a football city and I’d hope patience is the motto up there at the moment.”

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