This Tom Hicks seems a likeable sort of fellow. The one that you’d want to be in charge of your football club, what with speaking to potential managers to replace Rafael Benitez and making public your dissatisfaction with the chief executive at your club, somebody who has been at the helm for ten years. The Daily Mail report that the Liverpool co-owner has repeated his calls for Rick Parry to step down with immediate effect. Apparently he’s just not up to the job.
Hicks said: “Rick Parry has been Liverpool’s CEO for 10 years and we haven’t won a league championship under his leadership. Our commercial revenues have not kept up with other top clubs during that time, which has made it very difficult to compete for the Premier League.
“After watching him operate, I came to the conclusion it was time to ask him to resign, due to his inability to manage an organisation, his seemingly arrogant attitude to our supporters and his lack of communication with Rafa.
“I reached my decision a few weeks ago but waited until after the games against Everton and Arsenal. It is important to try to have a new CEO in place by May so we can begin working with Rafa on player transfers.”
It’s hard to equate a lack of commercial revenue with not being able to challenge for the title. After all, Liverpool have been splashing the cash on the likes of Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano and Ryan Babel in the past twelve months and it was generally acknowledged at the start of the season that they had a squad capable of winning the Premier League title. Once again, their hopes have gone, along with Rick Parry if Tom Hicks is to have his way.