4 June ~ Rafa Benítez's contentious exit from Liverpool has dominated domestic coverage in the last few days. Indeed, according to Jon Spurling in WSC 210, Benítez's arrival in 2004 demonstrated how managers were increasingly at the centre of the media's attention. And their stereotypes.

Bill Shankly's prophecy – "One day, football man­agers will be as famous and as well paid as their players" – appears to be coming true. Thirty years after the Scot retired from the Liverpool job, the profiles of several Premiership managers, not to mention their wage demands, have never been higher. Read more

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