Day: June 3, 2010

Did A Lack Of Funding Cost Benitez His Job?

In footballing terms, the phrase “mutual consent” is often used when a club and a manager part ways, usually it’s just a nicer way of saying that the manager concerned has been sacked. As you’ll be fully aware from today’s news, Rafa Benitez, like his predecessor Gerard Houllier, has left Liverpool FC by mutual consent. Unlike his predecessor, however, Benitez has never really seemed that successful as a manager to neutral observers. Liverpool fans, on the other hand, in the main support him, citing the owners and the debt that they have brought onto the club with them. But is that a fair reflection of Benitez’s tenure? The acquisition of the club by George Gillett and Tom Hicks initially seemed to be a good thing, and in their first close season at the club, they gave the green light for Benitez to spend relatively freely. However, as time went on, and the new owners admitted that they had indeed acquired through a leverage buyout, and therefore loading hundreds of millions of pounds of debt onto the club, it appeared that the amount of money that the club owed, would impact on it’s spending. Over the last three seasons, there have been regular suggestions of power struggles behind the scenes, and the biggest casualty before today was former Chief Executive Rick Parry. As early as 2007, Benitez claimed that he...

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Shit Shot Mungo: Substitute! S02E03

This  week’s Mungo is the last of the current short run of “Substitute!”, and features a Scottish referee with a name that some of you may find somewhat familiar. Tonight is a very auspicious night for our very own Dotmund, as we are off to the launch of a book that he has illustrated, “Send Them Victorious”, written by David Stubbs, which should be out shortly. Expect a review of it on this site as soon as is humanly possible. Dotmund’s other artwork can be found here, of course, and he is open to offers for any artwork that he...

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