Liverpool coach Benitez to extend his contract by three years

February 16th, 2009 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Fe 16 (IANS) Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez is likely to sign an extended contract next week after sorting out the future of his back-up staff.

The Spaniard will sign a three-year contract, after dealings with club owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, next week before Champions League tie against Real Madrid and is likely to stay at Anfield till 2013.

All his terms were agreed a month back, but Benitez wanted to have full control over the transfer budget and recruitment for the club’s academy.

Benitez said Sunday that securing long-term offers for his back-up staffs was of prime importance for him and made it clear that all issues have been sorted out.

“Here in England, having a year left on your contract is nothing at all. When people realise the manager only has a year and half left, he is dead. I’ve got 10 or 12 assistants whose contracts are up in June. How can a manager lead a project properly if the continuity of his staff is not secure for two or three years?” Benitez was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

“I never asked for complete control (of transfer budgets). I did ask for the power to be able to make my own

decisions and run the team the way I see fit. That is not the same thing.”

He alo put to rest all speculations over his move to Real Madrid by saying: “I hope to be here for a long time but Madrid would be the perfect ending for anyone’s career. But my career is not at an end yet.”

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