Liverpool fans’ groups have been assured that Jose Mourinho has not been offered Rafael Benitez’s job as boss at Anfield.
In a situation similar to the one admitted by co-owners Tom Hicks that they did meet Jurgen Klinsmann last year to discuss a possible appointment at Anfield, it has now been claimed that Dubai International Capital have held conversations with former Chelsea boss Mourinho.
But sources at DIC today have denied that they have ever “offered the job to Mourinho, or met him to discuss it.”
And DIC’s representatives, who have good relations with a number of Liverpool fans’ groups including the recently formed 'Spirit of Shankly' organisation, have gone to the point today of contacting them to deny speculation over Mourinho.
They are aware that Liverpool fans would react with horror if they believed Mourinho was a possible replacement for Benitez, who has been shown that he has fans’ full support to continue in the job.
Anfield supporters have not forgiven Mourinho for much of the rhetoric and confrontational attitude towards the club taken over the years by the Portuguese coach, particularly involving the Champions League clashes between Liverpool and Chelsea.
So it is being greeted with suspicion that more speculation over Mourinho and Liverpool has surfaced just days before the clubs meet again at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
DIC are acutely aware that if they do eventually take over at Anfield, Benitez has complete backing from the club’s fans and any move to dislodge him would be a massive PR blunder.
It is believed DIC have actually been contacted twice by intermediaries for Mourinho suggesting a meeting, but the offer has not been taken up because they are happy with the job Benitez is doing and they are very aware of the reaction from the Kop fans.
Benitez is also believed to be aware of DIC’s stance as he bids to take Liverpool to their third European Cup final in four seasons.