Villa boss O'Neill tops Liverpool shortlist

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is emerging as favourite for Rafa Benitez's job at Liverpool.

The Mirror says Reds co-owner Tom Hicks has insisted Benitez will stay in charge for at least the next two years left on his contract but, with DIC moving closer to a takeover, the Spanish coach finds himself under intense pressure.

The Arabs have already taken soundings on who could replace Benitez and O'Neill has emerged as a real contender because of his ability to get the most out of his players and operate on limited budgets.

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