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With Gareth Southgate’s shock departure it’s former Celtic frontman, Gordon Strachan, that’s emerging as the clear favourite to be given the job. See all the betting here.

Liverpool co-owner George Gillett insists that Rafa Benitez is the right man to turn fortunes around at Anfield, claiming the Spaniard is “absolutely as good as there is in the business”.

Benitez has come under pressure of late following a disappointing start to the 2009-10 season.

The club have slipped to four successive defeats in all competitions over recent weeks, their worst run since 1987.

Off the pace in the premier League, Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat to Lyon has left their UEFA Champions League fate hanging in the balance.

That has led to calls from certain sections of the Liverpool support for Benitez to be replaced.

But Gillett insists the former Valencia boss still has his full backing. “We have just entered into a long-term agreement with Rafa,” he said, recalling the improved deal Benitez signed in March to keep him on Merseyside until 2014.

“Our family is extraordinarily pleased with him, we believe he is absolutely as good as there is in the business.

“The run of results disappoints everybody. Certainly, it disappoints the fans and it disappoints Rafa.

“I have seen his television interview and I know he is disappointed. We are all disappointed, but we are in this together.”

With Gareth Southgate’s shock departure it’s former Celtic frontman, Gordon Strachan, that’s emerging as the clear favourite to be given the job. See all the betting here.

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