Real line up Rafa to replace ailing Pellegrini

LIVERPOOL boss Rafael Benitez is being lined up as Real Madrid&rsquo;s new manager after the Spanish giants gave under-fire Manuel Pellegrini just two games to save his job.<br /><br />Big-spending Real have won just one of their last five games and suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to third division side Alcorcon in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday night.<br /><br />Unhappy president Florentino Perez was believed to have considered sacking Pellegrini there and then, but has since decided to give the Chilean two more games to turn things around &ndash; a league tie against Getafe on Saturday and at AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.<br /><br />Secretly though, Perez has drawn up a list of possible successors to Pellgrini with Liverpool boss Benitez his No1 choice.<br /><br />Benitez held various coaching roles with Real in the 1990s and would relish the opportunity to return to his hometown club, especially in the wake of boardoom wrangling at Anfield.<br /><br />He has become increasingly frustrated by the failure of the club&rsquo;s owners to back him in the transfer market, whereas Perez splashed out &pound;225m on stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, and Liverpool&rsquo;s Xabi Alonso this summer.