Ex-Liverpool boss Benitez chasing Aston Villa job
The Mirror says Gerard Houllier is unlikely to manage the club again this season after being hospitalised with chest pains - and may never return to Villa Park.
Benitez, out of work since being fired by Inter Milan earlier this season, is desperate for a Premier League return and said: "My mentality is now like a manager.
"I like the responsibility to decide the ambition of a club - the plan, the academy and the young players, all of these things together. I have experience now and can do well - especially with staff who know the Premier League."