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The SCMP fills its sports pages by selecting stories from the news agencies and foreign newspapers.  Unfortunately, the selection process seems to be somewhat random, such as when they gave readers in Hong Kong the impression that Graeme Souness might be re-appointed as Newcastle manager

Or this, which appeared on the back page on Thursday:

Benitez will be gone by Sunday, bookies say

Agence France-Presse in London
Feb 26, 2009

One of Britain's leading betting firms said last night it had stopped taking money on Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez becoming the next English Premier League boss to be sacked. Willliam Hill said the Spaniard was a 20-1 outsider on Tuesday afternoon to be the next manager to leave his post.

But despite the fact that both Manchester United and Arsenal were playing in the Champions League on Tuesday, William Hill said Benitez was "backed off the boards" to have left Liverpool by the weekend.  They cut the odds to evens and then suspended betting last night.

"The level of interest on Rafa getting the sack is unprecedented with over 300 calls logged [yesterday] alone," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. "We would be very surprised if Rafa is still the Liverpool boss by midnight on Sunday."

Well, I'd be very surprised if he wasn't still in charge on Monday morning, all the more so after Rick Parry announced that he will be resigning as Chief Executive at Liverpool Football Club.


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