Beleaguered Benitez gets backing of new Liverpool chairman

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London, Apr 17 (ANI): Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has been given a lifeline to stay at the club by new chairman Martin Broughton.

Broughton insists Benitez is still the ideal man to be manager, even though Liverpool is 21 points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League.

Owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett finally put the club up for sale on Friday and appointed British Airways chairman Broughton to find a buyer.

There has been speculation about the future of Benitez, after his failure to challenge for the title, The Sun reports.

"Rafa is a good manager. We want him to stay, he's contracted to stay, so I'm assuming he's staying," Broughton said.

Benitez refused to commit himself. "I haven't spoken to the new chairman. I will do so sooner rather than later. It is clear we have to talk."

"I will not speak too much about my future or the future of the club because we have a new chairman. I have to do my job, which is to prepare us for the games to come," Benitez said. ANI)

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