Liverpool’s co-owner George Gillett has reportedly defended his and Tom Hicks’s reign at Liverpool and pointed the finger at the manager, Rafael Benítez, after a disappointing start to the season.
Liverpool‘s defeat at Chelsea on Sunday was their third in the Premier League this season and followed a 2-0 reverse at Fiorentina in the Champions League. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Gillett pointed to the investment he and Hicks have made when saying the owners were not responsible for any shortcomings.
“We have invested more money than our competitors, in keeping with the history of the club,” he is quoted as telling a representative of the fans’ group Spirit of Shankly last week. “In the last 18 months, we have invested £128m on top of what has come in.
“That means it should be getting better. Now if it’s not getting better, it’s not Gillett and Hicks; it’s the manager; it’s the scouting. You have to make sure you balance out your analysis. There was plenty of money, so if you have any complaints, take a look at the ins and outs.”
Gillett said the £30m from Xabi Alonso’s sale to Real Madrid “went straight back” into Bénitez’s kitty and added to funds of “£22-23m as part of our budgets”.
This is an incredibly unprofessional attack from George Gillett and one that will not endear him to supporters who already have very little respect for the man. Some things should not be stated in a public forum and those things includes thinly veiled attacks on the manager and indeed the club’s scouting system.
As for the assertion that the club is in a better financial position than the other members of the top four group, well If I had been present I would have asked them in what way they could justify such a statement, to me it just sounds like a soundbite with no validity whatsoever, something I have begun to get used to from our American owners.