Anfield supporters deserve support as they look to put pressure on idiotic owners hoping to bring an end to era of mismanagement.
Liverpool supporters turned their ire on the club’s managing director Christian Purslow on Thursday night as more than 500 demonstrated at Anfield, calling for his dismissal and burning American flags, a direct message to his employers Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
The spontaneous demonstration, organised through internet forums, Facebook and Twitter in the aftermath of reports on Wednesday that manager Rafael Benitez was close to leaving the club “by mutual consent,” began outside the Kop at 6pm.
Organisers insisted the aim of the protest was not to safeguard Benitez’s job, but to indicate to Hicks and Gillett, who have laden Liverpool with £351 million of debt, that no decision of theirs as the club’s owners will be welcomed.
Paul Rice, of the supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly, said: “This is another example of how this club has become the biggest farce in town. In a sense, Benitez is just collateral damage. When you look at Liverpool in a general manner, who will want to take the club on?”
The roles of both Purslow and chairman Martin Broughton in the dismissal of Benitez has concerned Liverpool fans.
Both men were ostensibly brought in to secure investment in the club, but Purslow remains in situ almost a year on, while Broughton’s initial remit was a non-executive one, and he has made it clear he is not involved in the day-to-day running of the club, yet it was his name which appeared on the statement which confirmed the Spaniard’s departure. (Daily Telegraph)
What now for Liverpool Football Club? Well it could honestly go two ways. The American owners could bring the club further into the mire as the Merseyside club continues to lose yet more money and even more of its previous glowing reputation as one of the biggest clubs in the world. Or alternatively the supporters can attempt to rise up and effect change.
There can be very few people who feel that Messrs Hicks and Gillett are anything but a scourge on the club. They may be those who feel that the time was right for Rafa Benitez to leave Anfield and those who felt he was axed in an attempt to draw attention away from how shoddily the club is being run. No one though would be absurd enough to suggest that the American owners are doing anything but harm to a club with a history as rich as any in Europe.
Perhaps the removal of Rafa will act as a wake up call and will bring more support to the effort to place pressure on those in the boardroom, perhaps it will come to nothing, but much like those attempting similar regime change at Old Trafford, it is still worth trying to fight for the club in any way possible.