It was on Friday 9 January 2009 when Rafael Benitez, Liverpool manager at the time, facing the media at Melwood, unleashed a barrage of "facts", erupting under criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson.
It is a "fact" that Tottenham Hotspur must pursue his services in the summer. The Spaniard contrasts starkly to Tim Sherwood, the "supply teacher" with only 29 games under his belt dismissed on Tuesday.
He is accustomed to the Barclays Premier League and guiding clubs to Champions League finishes, as seen consistently at Liverpool and then acrimoniously Chelsea. His managerial CV is impressive, with a Europa League triumph, Champions League glory and most recently a Coppa Italia win with Napoli among his most illustrious achievements. He promises to offer the stability Tottenham so desperately require.
Daniel Levy is infamously impatient and his thirst to compete in the UEFA Champions League is unquenchable. He invested £100m into the team last summer in an attempt to propel Spurs to a top-four finish, with the likes of Erik Lamela, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado yet to justify their expensive price tags, the latter disappointing massively despite becoming the club's record signing.
Benitez could galvanise the former Valencia striker as he did with a floundering Fernando Torres during an unceremonious six-month long tenure at Stamford Bridge, reinvigorating the British club record signing. Levy is eager for his vast investment to be repaid, and that is why Benitez seems the most appealing proposition.
The former Liverpool manager is proven at the highest level, a "fact" viably placing him above Southampton's outstanding Mauricio Pochettino on Levy's managerial wish list. David Moyes's failure at Manchester United was hugely detrimental to those excelling at the "lesser" sides, with chairman less likely to instill faith into those unproven at the highest level.
Ajax boss Frank De Boer is attracting interest from Levy yet Benitez's successful experience in the Premier League is his advantage over the Dutchman. After a season of uncertainty, Levy must choose meticulously.
For so long, Louis Van Gaal, the Netherlands manager, seemed destined to take charge at White Hart Lane. With his undoubted propensity to succeed, Levy was desperate to acquire the Dutchman but his unswayable interest in the vacancy at Manchester United has drastically minimalized the prospect of the former Barcelona boss in North London next season.
Benitez, following the 62 year-old's apparent withdrawal from the running, is the most appealing of the most prominent candidates to succeed Tim Sherwood. Stability and Champions League football are what Tottenham direly need, and Benitez can offer both.
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