Benitez leaves Liverpool

An inevitable departure after diminishing returns

June 3, 2010
By Richard Jolly
(Archive)
It was an undignified conclusion, as it always is when someone is ushered out of the back door. Yet it was also somehow typical of the last 12 months for both Rafa Benitez and Liverpool that neither's exit strategy from an increasingly disharmonious relationship worked: not for the club, who ended up paying compensation, or for the manager, who could have gone with more of a swagger had he been enticed to a club of a similar stature.

But it is more fitting that even now he has gone he ...

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