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Media 1 v Benitez 0…….

On Thursday 3rd June 2010 the somewhat inevitable happened at around 4pm that afternoon, Liverpool and Rafa Benitez parted company. Although I had expected something big to happen to our club this summer ( http://wp.me/pMjI6-1f) it still came as a shock to me whilst driving home from Liverpool that evening. When I heard Rafa’s statement being read out on the radio I felt quite emotional especially when at the end of it he said ‘ I have no words to thank you enough for all these years and I am very proud to say that I was your manager. Thank you so much once more and always remember: You’ll never walk alone’ My emotions would then quickly turn to anger after I started to listen to the phone-in shows on Talksport (I know but I couldn’t help myself and I was driving and couldn’t tweet) when so called ‘fans’ started ringing in all slap happy and quoting rubbish. This together with the obvious delight of all the Talksport presenters started to send me over the edge. After last season and the outrageous anti-rafa agenda in the media this in reality was the only outcome during the summer. The issue I have is that the so called fans ringing in to radio stations and posting on various websites have bought into the media set agenda and have forgotten what has happened under the management of Rafa and how much we have progressed. When Rafa took over in 2004  we had limped into the Champions League position finishing 4th on 60 points (which shows how much other teams have caught up the big four since then) and a squad made up of players that Rafa clearly did not like. However if you had said to me then that during the next 5 years you will win the European Cup, FA Cup, Super Cup, get to another CL final and semi final, Carling Cup final and finish on 86 points in the Premier League (which actually won the league this year) then I would have chewed your arm off. Having been a Liverpool supporter for over 32 years I have seen many highs and quite a few lows and in my opinion Rafa’s reign at Liverpool was a high. So why did the media turn on Rafa? Your guess is as good as mine and I wish I knew. One bad season does not make you a bad manager and all you have to do is look at his managerial record to see this but all they can say is ‘he has been dining out on Istanbul for the last 4 years’ or ‘he is not very inviting when talking to the press’. Do they mean he is  the same as the god that is Capello? The reasons for the ‘Rafa bashing’ are astonishing when you think that Wenger hasn’t won anything for 6 years now (so what has he been dining out on) and Ferguson only speaks to the press that he wants to speak to – there is no consistency with the media! I am not saying that Rafa was perfect – some of his decisions made me bang my head against a brick wall but all managers make silly decisions but are never slated as much as Rafa was. We all know that there are far greater problems at our football club and that i believe these are the main reasons for what has happened. Until these are sorted out we will not be able to keep up with the likes of Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal and even Spurs so whoever comes in as our next manager will have to accept that and try to over achieve during next season to regain that 4th spot. So who will be our next manager? That is the burning question we all want to know as soon as possible. Whenever I am asked this I always answer with a question ‘find me a manager who has a better record than Rafa and is available and would come to Liverpool now?’. Its a difficult one to answer because quite simply there isn’t anyone. Whoever it is the main priority is to try and keep Torres, Gerrard and Mascherano to stay which is going to be the toughest job during the next few months but a job that has to be successful. So I say to all of you ‘Rafa bashers’ remember exactly what has been achieved over the last 5 years and check all your facts because now that you have got your wish it may just come back to haunt you! In the meantime and unfortunately the final score is Media 1 – Benitez 0 YNWA

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Simply Not Good Enough………

Posted by Spencer | Posted in Liverpool FC | Posted on 10-01-2011

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The 8th January 2011 saw the return on King Kenny to what he and the majority of Liverpool fans see as his rightful place, manager of Liverpool Football Club. It also signalled the end of Roy Hodgson’s reign and my self imposed blogging ban which I installed back in November last year.

The reason I decided to stop blogging was I had started to re-read my previous blogs and had noticed I was writing the same things over and over again. I couldn’t find anything new or positive to write and knew this was never going to change until either Roy left his post or was removed.

So now I am back and more importantly so is King Kenny.

Once the news became public knowledge on Saturday I immediately felt relief and then overwhelming excitement. I felt relief because our beloved club was in real danger of sliding into the abyss – our players looked like they couldn’t be bothered, our manager looked like he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown because he was quite clearly out of his depth and in my view AND more alarming, we as supporters had started to stay away from the games with the last home game only reaching 35,000 as an attendance which for a Saturday afternoon game is unheard of.

The feeling of excitement for the majority of fans completely took over the weekend and whatever the result was to be against our rivals across the M62 we knew that from this point on our club under King Kenny would take a more positive direction and help bring pride back to the club and to all of the fans. From a personal point of view I wanted to see more passion and pride in our play and for Liverpool Football Club to start playing football again. From what we saw at the weekend the signs are there (even if we had to contend with the obvious Manc loving Howard Webb and his even more predictable decisions) and that’s even before Kenny had a chance to work with the players.

We all know Kenny Dalglish will demand respect and we hope him being in charge will put at end to the problems within the dressing room that has so obviously effected certain players. Gerrard and Carragher are no longer the Mr Liverpools within the camp because Mr Liverpool is now in charge. Kenny will not be scared to drop or substitute players whether they are senior or not and we saw a glimpse of that when he substituted Torres after seeing him have another ineffective game. But he will also encourage those players and help them to regain their form and make them into better players.

These are certainly exciting times.

However since the appointment of King Kenny we have already started to see the anti-Liverpool media sharpen their pencils because they feel ‘media friendly Roy’ wasn’t given enough time. What they don’t seem to understand is that however much time the new Liverpool Board were to give Roy it was so bad that it was never going to work.

Since results started to decline early on in our season the media were very quick to place the blame on Rafa Benitez (and still continue to do so) for leaving Roy with such a poor squad, the same squad (apart from a couple of players) that finished 2nd only two seasons ago. Apparently players such as Gerrard, Reina, Carragher, Torres, Agger, Kuyt, Johnson and Mascherano were not good enough. Yes the squad needed improving but was it really as bad as the media were leading us to believe?

Facts speak for themselves and that is why I cannot understand the media and fans of other clubs when they continually defend Roy Hodgson. Apart from a few league titles in Sweden and a cup in Denmark he hasn’t won anything significant in his managerial career especially when he has been at successful and big clubs like Inter Milan and Blackburn (after they won the EPL). So why do the media and ex-players all want to keep proclaiming he is a good manager? This is the one thing about the media that baffles me the most. The only conclusion I can come up with is that because he is a genuine and nice man the ex-players and media associate this as the main credential to being a top class football manager.

They fail to see that his only tactial method is to hoof and hope and that when you are dealing with world class players this will always be destined for failure. They fail to see how if his plan A doesn’t work there is no plan B. They fail to see that his man management skills are poor at best as seen by how he continually criticised certain players such as Agger and Johnson and they fail to see that you cannot criticise your own fans and then demand support.

Since the sacking of Roy some parts of the media have insinuated that us fans are to blame and that we didn’t give him enough time. After 20 games in which you could count on half a hand the number of times the team actually performed well I think we are all intelligent enough to know when things are not working out and when there is no sign of improvement. Liverpool fans have always backed their manager and even though the majority of us were uneasy when Roy was appointed we were all prepared to give him a chance. The fact is in all my 33 years as a supporter I have never ever seen a Liverpool team play so poorly on such a regular basis as they have done this season and that is why I believe the majority of fans wanted the change. However the most outrageous reason I have heard and read in the media is that we didn’t want Roy as our manager or give him a chance because of his London roots!! Coming from so called professional journalists writing such rubbish is an utter disgrace!

So whilst Liverpool FC enter the second Kenny Dalglish era where our hopes and dreams have been reborn the one message I want to give to the media is this:-

You can continue to blame Rafa Benitez and us fans, you can re-start the anti-Liverpool agenda but the fact of the matter is and it is a fact, Roy Hodgson was just simply not good enough…….

Y.N.W.A

Comments (2)

Mixed views from me.
At least for the neutral (and to be blunt, the Spurs fans..) it has meant the “Sky 4″ is broken and makes the league actually interesting – if we can keep Chelsea out this year all the better.

I think Roy was found out a bit, and could not understand why he left Fulham really.

I hope for your sakes that Dalglish does not dissappoint, but do feel that you will be in the chasing pack (with Spurs) for a few years to come now, and I think that if you accept that as a club and keep the manager (be it Dalglish or not) you will be OK.
If the as yet unproven US owners take the Newcastle approach, it could be a long time of mid table finishes and managers at the speed of light.

Cheers for the read again mate. There does seem to be mixed views from non Liverpool fans on this but i do believe it is the right choice for right now. As i mentioned Kenny will bring some passion and pride back to the club and us fans and we all know it’s going to be a hard slog to start competing again for top 4. Hopefully the new owners will give whoever is in charge the money to buy players without having to sell first and the appointments being made from coaching to scouting seem to be positive moves.

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