A Tale Of Two Cities

It takes quite an effort to provide a crashing comedown after making the European Cup semi-finals for the third time on four years (or whatever), but Liverpool’s ownersm seem, somehow, to have managed it. Tom Hicks’ letter to Liverpool’s chief executive Rick Parry, in which he asked him to resign, doesn’t carry any weight. In fact, if anything, it demonstrates little more than the extent to which relationships have broken down between Gillett and Hicks over the last twelve months or so. Parry’s decision to not take Hicks up on his very generous offer to walk away from the job that he has been doing reasonably compentenly for the last ten years or so does, however, offer an insight into how dysfunctional those running Liverpool Football Club are at the moment. In the red corner, you’ve got Gillett, Parry and Rafael Benitez (who was, of course, angered by Hicks’ open courting of Jurgen Klinsmann). In the, ahem, blue corner, you’ve got Hicks. Neutered by the fact that his 50% ownership of the club doesn’t allow him to make any decisions without the approval of the man that is now, to all intents and purposes, his enemy. One suspects that Gillett is blocking any hopes that Hicks has of selling his half of the club because he would like to own it himself, and all the time DIC are waiting...

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