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Hicks Hits Out At Rafa

Hicks Hits Out At Rafa

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has told Rafa Benitez to stop talking about new players and focus on the ones he already has.

The American co-chairman of the club was clearly angered by the Reds boss's apparent show of frustration in yesterday's press conference at Melwood and told the Liverpool Echo:

"After the Champions League final in Athens, Rafa made certain demands of us and we responded to those demands in the summer.

"We brought in some good players and spent more money than has ever been spent before at this club.

"We now have some crucial games coming up in the Premier League and the Champions League and we want to see if we can win these games with the players we have.

"This was the message we gave to Rafa recently and I think during the international break he must have grown a bit frustrated about this.

"We told him to concentrate on the games coming up and nothing else and I guess he didn`t like that.

"But, for the time being, we just need to be focused on what happens on the pitch.

"George and I will be over in mid-December and that is the time to talk about other issues. It is really time for Rafa to quit talking about new players and to coach the players we have."

Writer:Gerry Ormonde
Date:Friday November 23 2007
Time: 3:40PM


You can't really blame em....splashing out all that money for what? Losing a final doesn't really count for much does it? So, what will you do when the Yanks get bored and leaves?
Blue is the colour
23/11/2007 15:44:00
Yeah ...... we got to the final before they owned the club. And so obviously, there has been nothing available to win since then. What have you won since the FA cup? Come on, just a little thought before you post these things, pretty please?
Chris 88
23/11/2007 16:10:00
BITC, Hicks and Gillett bought the club in February of this year, we reached the CL final in May, there wasn't a transfer window in between. We spent the money in the summer, there hasn't been a trophy to be won as of yet since then.
23/11/2007 16:45:00
you may have spent a lot in the summer but the reality of your net spending was less than man utd, spurs, man city, villa, west ham and maybe a couple of others, I think that this dispute between manager and owner will end in RB moving on, it doesnt seem to be a relationship that has worked and I dont believe that gillet and hicks intend to give benitez the funds he needs to catch man utd and arsenal.
23/11/2007 17:17:00
True point oxfordspur, I think Rafa is just a annoyed that the owners appear to be a bit distant at times, and not always ready to switch all their attention immidiately to whatever it is he wants. While were that the case, it would be the ideal situation for a manager to be in, but it's an unattainable goal, and maybe Rafa's just making waves for the sake of it. Hicks has a point though, transfer window isn't for 2 more months, and we've got a good 15/20 games in all comps before then to worry about.
23/11/2007 17:40:00
I agrre with OS and Naoise. I would much prefer an owner who put all of his attention into LFC than LFC and the Dallas Cowboys. But we've only got 7-8 games.
23/11/2007 19:02:00
Liverpool's net spending this summer was around £18 million. Their net spending most previous summers was around £14 million. So, Blue is the colour, am I to believe that just because Rafa Benitez has spent £4 million or so more than Liverpool usually outlay during the off-season that he's expected to win something before the end of November? Grow up, fool. I know that a certain now-departed manager resorted to calling the Community Shield a big trophy in order to stroke his ego but the real silverware will handed out in the last three month's of the season, so, unless you've been keeping Doctor Who company in his TARDIS, or Doc Brown company in his De Lorean, why don't you keep quiet until the finishing line is in sight? Need I remind you how much your owner has spent trying to win the Champions League that he so desperately covets? Or which English club manager won it in his first season and has taken his team to the final more often than not?
Harry P
24/11/2007 02:36:00
did I ever say that Rafa was losing the plot? Ah, but he can't be as he is focused on... seriously, what is this "net spending" nonsense anyway? So if you buy 20 players, sell 17 and keep the net spending below 10 mil. it is all good? It makes the request for the purchase of the 21st ever so valid? No and no. Rafa's transfers dealings have been so good that you were left with Hyppia as an addition to the opposition's attacking options and Sissoko and Gerrard as your creative force. In that interview he gives an impression of an angry, spoiled child that has his favourite toy taken away. The manager being "focused on blah" while his bosses are giving him the finger over new investments is a scenario that irresistibly reminds of one that we saw not so long ago at another club. And we all know how that ended up. And it wasn't even November.
24/11/2007 04:19:00
How many players and how much money does rafa need FFS. Anyway it wouldnt matter how much money rafa was given as his safety first approach will not win the premieir league. He won the spanish league with Valencia but they never got anywhere near the 90 points that is required to win the premiership. Jose got slagged off constantly about the way chelsea played boring football but my god the dross that rafas teams play is puke football of the highest order.
24/11/2007 10:43:00
Think when the club owners start briefing against you in the local paper the writing really is on the wall. None of this should have gone public. As an outsider looking in - I wonder if it's retrievable frankly? Any views on that?
Craig Cain
24/11/2007 11:45:00
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