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Rafa Benitez set to leave Liverpool for Juventus! Rafa Benitez set to leave Liverpool for Inter Milan! Rafa Benitez set to manage U.A.E!! Fernando Torres to join Man City in record transfer! Fernando Torres to Join Chelsea in record transfer! Fernando Torres to join Barcelona as he has fallen out with Benetiz! Man City set to buy Steven Gerrard in £30m swoop! Real Madrid poised to land Gerrard as Jose sets his sights! Benny and Masch off to Chelsea in double swoop! And so it goes on and on and on……..and the season has only just ended!! It appears that once again the media have decided that our manager and our top players will be leaving this summer with stories appearing on a daily basis in the papers. I have a couple of issues with this. It appears that any clown can now call themselves a journalist which then gives licence to be able to call yourself an expert and print stuff that quite clearly isn’t true!! Why has journalism come to this? It used to be a respected profession but now I’m not so sure. Although the players and manager shouldn’t have to comment on every single story it would be nice if they would come out and say something on the lines of  ‘I am happy at Liverpool and will be staying at the club for next season’. This may put an end to all of the ‘speculation’ because the longer there is silence the more the media will keep telling us its all true. The prime example was with the Juventus/Rafa connection, which had been going on since January this year. Rafa had been silent all the way through which meant that the flames were constantly being fuelled. A strong statement in my view from Rafa could have ended the whole saga. Even after Juventus appointed a new manager Inter Milan become the favourites to land Rafa. In Rafa’s defence he has started to make noises to the media that he is happy at Liverpool and will be staying and even finding the link to the U.A.E amusing. My point is though if you don’t extinguish the flames by staying silent then you are indirectly adding fuel to the fire. Jamie Carragher in my view hit the nail on the head when he was quoted as saying last week that if you are not committed at Liverpool then you can pack your bags. I am glad a senior player has come out and expressed the views that the majority of Liverpool fans hold on this issue. I just wish more players would do the same. Even after I started writing this blog Fernando Torres agent was quoted as saying  that he will be staying at Liverpool next season and yet a day later  we hear (according to some parts of the media) he hasn’t made up his mind yet! I think that after the season the club had its not a surprise that our players are being linked elsewhere but it doesn’t give the media and journalists the right to make the majority of stories up on a daily basis. I also have to laugh at the fact that the English media have gunned for the blood of Benitez, criticizing everything that he does but have no problem in reporting that nearly every top club in Europe is after him! He can’t be a bad manager after all can he? Unfortunately all Liverpool fans will have to brace themselves for a summer of transfer speculation more than the kind we experienced in 2005 with Chelsea ad Gerrard. However I will not be made to believe anything until it actually happens! Even if some of our top players do leave in the summer then I would suggest that we remember that NO player is bigger than Liverpool Football Club. Y.N.W.A

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Mixed Feelings……

Posted by Spencer | Posted in Liverpool FC | Posted on 13-07-2010


Its now been a couple of weeks since the appointment of Roy Hodgson as Liverpool manager and normally I would have written a blog sooner following a major development such as this, but the truth is I have struggled to find inspiration to actually put some words down on paper.

Should I really be feeling like this when a new chapter in our famous history is beginning?

What was I really expecting from the club in its current predicament? Hiddink or Mourinho? In the end the appointment wasn’t really a surprise after all the speculation following Rafa’s departure but even when it became fact I didn’t feel excited at all by the news. Looking at this realistically (as I always try to do) the club was never in a position to appoint a ‘high profile’ manager with a similar CV to that of our outgoing manager and what our club deserves and has come to expect. But with no money, no Champions League and a huge debt issue the reality of the next managerial appointment was always going to be someone of the standing of Roy Hodgson.

Lets be clear before I carry on this is not a blog with the intention of ‘slagging off’ Roy Hodgson I am just trying to explain how I feel about the recent events at our club. Roy Hodgson has proved to be a very good manager during his career and I have a lot of respect for him but winning league trophies in Sweden and Denmark are not usually the credentials the club look for in becoming manager of Liverpool FC. Granted he has done fantastic things with Fulham and deserves all of the praise that goes with it but being manager of Liverpool FC is a different prospect altogether and I am worried he might not be up to the job.

All that being said he is now our manager and with every manager there has been since I started supporting the club (Paisley through to Benitez) I have always backed them and my position today remains the same. In a way I do feel sorry for him. He has arrived when the club has no direction because of the current owners and he is left to try and satisfy and keep the likes of Torres, Gerrard and any other player that has been linked with a move away from the club knowing full well he will have very limited funds to replace (if they can be replaced) those that do leave.

I also think the reason for me feeling this way is down to the fact that I still can’t believe the club have let a manager with the qualities of Rafa go AND to the the European champions at that! Sometimes I hope that its all a bad dream and that Rafa is still our manager but unfortunately a bad dream it is not.

Despite me not wanting Rafa to leave, Liverpool FC now has a new manager in Roy Hodgson and I sincerely wish him all the best and really hope he can bring some stability to the club. Whilst in charge he will have my support but for the moment it will not stop me from having mixed feelings about his appointment.


Comments (3)

Good and well reasoned – and sadly money is probably one of the main factors involved in the decision.
Unlike many fans of other teams I take no joy in the suffering of other clubs, I am old enough to remember Spurs being one day from shutting up shop, and to be honest, I want to play Liverpool, Man U, Arsenal every year.

My view – he is there for two years to get stability, see what happens with the owners, and try and get back to 4th.

Will he manage it, time will tell.
Will he get time, no I don’t think so sadly.

Thanks for your comments. I have to say it’s refreshing to hear a fan from another team make a good a fair assessment of a rival club.

I agree with what you have said and you are right money is the issue here along with how the club is being run generally.

Realistically 4th is going to be tough to get this season and it depends on us keeping our best players and if Hodgson can use the money from any sales for replacements.

Will he be given time – I agree with you probably not. Once new owners come in then I would say they would expect a high profile manager to be in charge.

Thanks again for reading and making a comment.

Your comments are pretty much spot on for me.

Just want new owners out asap.


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