Benitez expected to accept £3M compo for Liverpool departure
The Herald says Benitez has been offered a severance sum of £3m to leave Anfield with immediate effect and, while that figure is some way short of the £16m he is believed to be entitled to should he be sacked, all the indications suggest Benitez is willing to accept that offer.
The position of the former Valencia coach has been in some doubt since being linked with a move to Juventus last January. Benitez decided not to accept the offer from the Serie A side but has since been unable to obtain assurances over his transfer budget and Liverpool’s search for fresh investment despite several rounds of talks with Martin Broughton, the chairman.
During those discussions, Benitez outlined his plan to revive the side following a dismal campaign, with his team finishing only seventh in the Barclays Premier League and suffering early exits from the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and Carling Cup. That, though, involved fresh investment in the squad; something which is unlikely to happen while Tom Hicks and George Gillett remain in charge.
That would leave the coach in an untenable position, so the club have opted to make Benitez an offer to walk away, although there has been no official confirmation.