Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted he may be interested in the England job after a serious disagreement with the club’s owners over his transfer targets.
Benitez described his week as “not the best” after arriving late for a news conference following a transatlantic phone call with George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
“Maybe I could be Steve McClaren’s replacement if I improve my English,” said the 47-year-old Spaniard.
“I was being serious. You never know what can happen in the future.”
During his news conference, Benitez used the answer “I am focused on training and coaching my team” on countless occasions in response to a series of questions on various issues.
He first challenged Hicks and Gillett to spend after the European Cup final in May. The Americans responded with a £44m outlay in the summer, with almost half recouped through sales.
Despite the outlay on players like Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel, Liverpool are fifth in the Premier League and in danger of failing to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Benitez is thought to have already started making plans for the January transfer window, but the club’s American owners have issued a statement suggesting that they have not agreed upon a budget.
“We made a significant investment in the playing squad during the summer and desperately want this team to succeed. There are some very important games coming up in the next couple of weeks and all of us need to focus on winning those games and getting the best out of the players we already had at the club,” said the statement.
“We will leave any talk of buying or selling players until we come across to Liverpool in December and sit down with the manager then.”