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AVB to LFC? Villas-Boas tipped to take over from Dalglish

by Josh Powell | May 17, 2012

Another twist in the hunt for the new Liverpool boss, as former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is heavily backed to take the reigns at Anfield.

AVB lasted little more than 8 months at Chelsea, but overnight there has been plenty of support for him to take over from King Kenny and he is now the firm favourite at 7/4.

Villas-Boas only won 19 of his 40 matches in charge at Stamford Bridge but has been relentlessly backed in from 12/1 on Wednesday morning.

Despite struggling from day one in the League, Chelsea did win the “coveted” Barclays Asia Trophy beating Hong Kong giants Kitchee in the final. This is the only silverware AVB picked up during his short reign in West London, but he is the type of young manager Liverpool’s American owners are rumoured to be after.

Wigan’s Roberto Martinez, who was the favourite yesterday, has been eased out to 4/1 as the money dries up. According to whispers, the Anfield hierarchy are looking for someone who has experience of winning trophies (That Asia Trophy looking more and more valuable now!)

And somewhere in Merseyside an overweight, balding Spaniard spent the night sat by his phone waiting for the call. Unfortunately for Rafa Benitez it never came and he has gone out to 8/1 to make a dramatic return to Anfield, after being as short as 13/8 yesterday. Is the man who got Liverpool to two Champions League Finals in three years really seen as a backwards step?

Of the other contenders there have been a few pennies on former England gaffer Fabio Capello, who is available at 11/1 and Frank Rijkaard is still knocking about the top of the market at 12/1.

The brilliantly named Jurgen Klopp has seen some support. A couple of punts have seen the Borussia Dortmund manager backed into 16s after impressively securing back to back Bundesliga titles this year.

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