Thursday, January 17, 2008

Is the tide turning on Liverpool owners?

Dismay is taking hold at Anfield since Tom Hicks, Liverpool co-owner, let it out that Jurgen Klinsmann was approached in November to take over as manager should Rafa Benitez be fired (I mean quit). You’d think a lesson was learned since Tottenham was caught with their pants down approaching Juande Ramos. But what happened? And is Liverpool getting a case of buyer’s remorse?

First of all, nobody knows why Tom Hicks spilled the beans. My guess is he beat a newspaper to the scoop and headed off the surprise. The other possibility is to sound out to the football world that he’s not afraid to do whatever it takes. Letting people know about Klinsmann sends a signal.

One thing is for sure, Benitez’s position at the club is seriously weakened. I think in America, they call this "blowback".

Hicks defended his approach calling it an “insurance policy” in case Benitez quits. But why would be led to believe this when the manager has been nothing but dedicated. For one, I don’t believe this.

It appears Hicks has also led himself into legal repercussions in what is called a “constructive dismissal” because the owner has undermined someone’s position while still in it. This undermines an implied mutual trust that is part of any employment contract and entitles Benitez to compensation.

Are Liverpool supporters getting frustrated with the ownership? Rumors of selling the club are out there. It seems that the Texan style of ownership doesn’t really mix too well with European football. It just seems like Hicks and Gillett are learning on the job.

While it’s easy to heap pressure on the manager, what about owners that are failing to own the club in a way that lends towards success. I find it troublesome that the elements of Liverpool that are good are not being supported. Rafa Benitez has been a good for Liverpool. Hicks and Gillett have spent money, but are failing to let people get on with their work.

I remember all the glee about the money pouring in when they bought the club, looks like money is just money. Money gives access, its what you do with it.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never wanted the americans in even though my mates weer all for it

1/17/2008 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bunch of shite, its just guys like you making up rumors they are selling the club. No chance. They are focused on the stadium and Mourinho will be the next manager.

1/17/2008 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fucking everton

1/17/2008 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We needed the money when they approached us to but the club now we have to trust them and get on with it

1/17/2008 8:55 PM  
Anonymous moonshine said...

Raffa has a shiny egg shaped head.

1/17/2008 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ay hes been undar prassure since he grew the beard shave that shite man and win us the cup

1/17/2008 8:58 PM  
Anonymous lfc(NORWAY) said...

2 hell whit morinho he can suck my d..k. rafa stays,tom and jerry goes!

1/17/2008 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They haven't spent a cent. All the money to buy the Club was brrowed, and the cash for Torres and Babel was an IOU against further borrowings.

1/17/2008 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mourinho, keep dreaming!


1/17/2008 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll never walk alone becasue you'll be getting followed by some Texas steers. Fucking Dallas Cowboys of Anfield.

1/17/2008 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about when Chelsea undermined Ranieri all season

But of course that's ok with the media

1/18/2008 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree. Rafa has wasted a lot of money and if you don;t take into account the champions league win he has been very poor. Never once challenging for the title. I for one would be happy to see him go.

1/18/2008 9:10 PM  

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