I can’t believe we’ve gotten this far, where I actually feel the need to write this, but anyone who believes that Rafa Benitez should be sacked needs to have their head sorted out immediately, whatever their nationality.
I don’t know where this “crisis” came from. I don’t know why this is hitting the papers now. I don’t know why it’s taken the hold it has. But the forums have exploded, and all the media is running with it. And it’s infuriating, especially when you get articles like that written by Bascombe at the NOTW yesterday. Maybe it’ll start to blow over, with the Liverpool Echo articles that came out this morning, but I truly don’t know.
It can’t all be because of 3 sub-par Champions League games, and a failure to qualify for the knockout stages (after making the final twice in three years!) would be no excuse for Benitez’ ouster. And while I’ll grudgingly admit that Benitez has been too public with his comments recently, that’s no reason either.
Hicks and Gillett can’t possibly be so shortsighted and dim. More than a few fans have been looking for reasons to condemn the new owners. This would give them all the ammunition needed and more, and rightfully so, if it comes to that.
Which I still can’t believe is possible. The team is built in Benitez’ image, and sad to say, but more players have links to him than to Liverpool.
I don’t know what to believe anymore, but if the new owners really think that Benitez can leave and they’ll hire someone else with no repercussions with the players, and the supporters, they’re sadly (very, very sadly) mistaken.
If Gillett and Hicks truly understand the club and are “custodians,” as they claimed to be when the takeover occurred, they need to get to Liverpool and get this behind the club a lot sooner than mid-December.