They say Rafa Benitez has been feeling insecure about his position at Anfield for some time, and that has caused the occasional public spats with the American owners and the sometimes lacklustre team performances. Well I wonder how he feels today to learn of the admission from Tom Hicks that he and fellow owner George Gilllette had a ‘secret’ meeting with Jurgen Klinsmann back in November? Hicks says that Liverpool were struggling at the time and the personal relationship with Benitez was rocky so it was an insurance policy in case the relationship deteriorated further and Benitez decided to leave. Oh yeh?
By all accounts they were also interested in the European football scene too as relative newcomers to this soccerball game. Of course they could have asked their own manager perhaps who hails from somewhere not far from Europeland and who has enjoyed rather a lot of success in pursuit of its major trophies (and certainly a few more than the Klinsmeister, who has actually managed a total of 0 clubs in Europovia so far). All very odd for the information to be released now don’t you think? Of course as far as Klinsmann is concerned it’s all water under the bridge as he has decided to join Bayern Munich as manager next season. But I wonder how Rafa feels about his long term position now?
About as secure as Joey Barton’s long term prospects at Newcastle Utd I reckon. Surely a team in 4th place in the Prem and still in the Champs League cannot lose their manager as well now could they? What next, Sir Alex under pressure for failing to deliver fewer than 3 trophies a year on a consistent basis….if it was Freddy Shepherd in charge I mean just believe it.
I hear that the Americans might be interested in selling out to the Dubai consortium who were close to buying the club before Hicks/Gillette opened their cheque books. I can see a close run thing in the Leaving of Liverpool maiden stakes between the absentee owners and a disenchanted Rafa. I bet I know who the fans would like to see win the race, and it won’t be el Benny.