New man­ager for Reds?

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

LIVER­POOL are in­tent on fi­nal­is­ing a deal to make Roy Hodg­son, pic­tured right, their new man­ager.

The Ful­ham boss has been work­ing for the BBC as a pun­dit at the World Cup, but on his re­turn he is ex­pected to be of­fered the chance to take over from Rafael Ben­itez, who left ear­lier this month.

Kenny Dal­glish had hoped to be­come the Reds boss for a sec­ond time, but Liver­pool have de­cided Hodg­son is the man. His first task will be to per­suade Steven Ger­rard and Fer­nando Tor­res to stay at the club.

Ger­many cap­tain Michael Bal­lack will re­tur n to Bayer Lev­erkusen, the Bun­desliga club con­fir med yes­ter­day. Lev­erkusen said that Bal­lack, 33, will re­ceive a two-year con­tract un­til 2012.

His salary has been es­ti­mated at six mil­lion eu­ros.

Bal­lack, who is side­lined with an an­kle in­jury for the cur­rent World Cup, played in Lev­erkusen 1999-2002.

He joins the club on a free trans­fer from English cham­pi­ons Chelsea who did not re­new his con­tract. – Belfast Tele­graph

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