Now this is sensational. That Liverpool is a mess on the football pitch cannot be denied and the club’s off the pitch scenario too doesn’t appear healthy. But nothing gets better (or worse) that this: a public admission by the club’s co-owner that he did line up another manager just in case…..
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has sensationally hit the headlines by admitting to The Liverpool Echo that he did conceive bringing the former Germany national coach Jurgen Klinsmann before the German decided to submit his allegiance to Bayern Munich. Sky Sports quotes the American tycoon as saying:
We attempted to negotiate an option, as an insurance policy, to have him become manager if Rafa left for Real Madrid or other clubs that were rumoured in the UK press. Or in case our communication spiraled out of control for some reason.
This is really not right for Liverpool at the moment. While the club is a massive 12 point off the pace in the Premiership and have a not-so-easy last 16 tie with Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League, it seems that mountings speculation will eat the club. Rafael Benitez’s relationship with his employers have been impaired with the players siding with their manager but ultimately the power is invested in the hands of George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
So is Rafa still secure at Anfield after this startling revelation?