Rafa Benitez on the brink of the sack at Napoli

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 17 December 2014, 09:51

Rafa BenitezAccording to reports Rafa Benitez is extremely close to losing his job at Serie A side Napoli. The Naples club have carved out just one win in their last six matches in all competitions, while they disappointed in their last outing at AC Milan: a 2-0 defeat. The result left them down in 7th, and 12 points adrift of league leaders Juventus, leaving Benitez on the verge of the sack.

Benitez, 54, led Napoli to the Coppa Italia in his debut 2013/14 campaign in charge, along with a top-4 finish in the league. However, the Spaniard's troops have since been dumped out of the Champions League in the qualifying stages by Athletic Bilbao, although they have managed to progress through to the last-32 of the Europa League after topping Group I.

Reports will now inevitably link Benitez with a return to Liverpool, a club he spent six years at, during which he famously won the Champions League, plus the FA Cup, FA Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup. Brendan Rodgers heads into tonight's Capital One Cup clash at Bournemouth under immense pressure, and should his side slump to a shock defeat then the Ulsterman come under further fire in the Premier League Sack Race.

Benitez can currently be backed as the joint 5/1 favourite (Paddy Power) with Andre Villas-Boas in the Next Liverpool Manager Market.

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