KENNY’S BID TO FOLLOW BENITEZ
From Back Page question and he now believes he is the man to revive them after a difficult end to Benitez’s tenure. Despite the Scot’s transition from king-maker to wouldbe king, Liverpool will still seek permission to meet Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, 62, by the end of the week. Hodgson had been seen as the favourite to succeed Benitez, who will be confirmed as the new Inter Milan manager today. He has made no secret of his wish for one more highprofile job, whether it be as manager of England or a leading club in the Barclays Premier League, and his feats at Fulham have not gone unnoticed. Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed is desperate to keep the veteran Englishman, who maintained his focus on the London club’s future yesterday by signing Philippe Senderos from Arsenal, but the call from the Anfield hierarchy is expected soon. Compensation is unlikely to prove an obstacle, with Hodgson on a 12-month rolling contract at Craven Cottage and a fee of around £2million should be enough to secure his release. Liverpool were rocked by infighting last season between Benitez and top boardroom figures and the club are anxious to end the recent turbulence by bringing in an experienced figure capable of restoring harmony. Liverpool fans were informed yesterday that season-ticket prices have increased by seven per cent for the next campaign.