The news this week that American owners Tom Hicks and Georg Gillett had jetted off to Orange County to meet with former German coach Jurgen Klinsmann, with a view to his taking the coaching reins of incumbent Rafa Benitez has rightly made most of the Reds players, fans and the rest of the board furious. Liverpool usually keep discusions behind closed doors
THANKS YANKS, MORE FRIENDY FIRE!, : DUBAI SOS; YANKS OUT, proclaimed the signs on the Kop last night as Liverpool blitzed Luton Town 5-0 with a second half hat-trick from Steven Gerrard in the 3rd Round FA Cup replay at Anfield. The Liverpool captain gave the armband to team mate Jamie Carragher who was playing his 500th game for the club. He and his young son James wearing a relica kit with TORRES on the back, marched ou flanked by both teams. A couple of days earlier it was announced in Munich that Grinzi Klinsi had agreed to take the hot seat at F C Bayern Munchen at the end of this season. Gillett admits he was at the meeting in California, but both he and Chief Executive Rick Parry were embarrased that Hicks, the diminutive co owner from Dallas, had made the meeting public. My take on this is WHY DID A PROFESSIONAL like Klinsmann, who has had a very good press at home and abroad in recent years, AGREE to such a meeting ? Would he like it if he was treated the same way, would he like it if he was treated the same way. It's not as if they met up while jogging. It took flights of 3 hours and 5 hours to get out to the coast.
The American owners who bought the club a year ago with borrowed money are due to repay RBS Royal Bank of Scotland £350 million shortly and are trying to restructure the loan with RBS and Wachovia without being willing to use any of their personal fortunes. Their much publicised new stadium options have been sent back to the architects offices in Dallas after costs escalated. In walking from Anfield to Everton's Goodison Park a couple of weeks ago I would have expected to see some cranes and progress on the new site in Stanley Park that separates the districts and stadium in Anfield and Everton, but there is nothing to see. Dubai International Capital is rumoured to have already put in a bid to take the club over, and we may never see the two Americans in Liverpool again.
A club in much more serious troble is Newcastle United, who haven't won anything important for 53 years. After firing Sam Allerdyce and his expensive entourage after only 8 months on the job, new Managing Director Chris Mort has a problem.. First Harry Rednapp of Portsmouth turned them down and then Gerrard Houllier, former Liverpool boss and now the well respected Technical Director of FFF (French Football Federation) at their training site in Clairfontaine, has been denied permission by his boss, FFF President Jean-Pierre Escalette to discuss the job. Houllier is at present in Baltimore for the NSCAA Coaches Convention. The fans would like to see former Magpies player and manager Kevin Keegan and another legend Alan Shearer to take over... The Soap Opera continues.....