Dicking around on the computer Sunday night, I dialed up Liverpoolfc.tv to see “Liverpool FC press statement” as one of the news headlines. My heart fluttered a bit. The last time there was a non-descript title like this, it was about Pako’s departure.
Now, it turned out to be harmless enough — a simple statement about the positive nature of the G&H/Rafa summitt:
A meeting was held this evening involving Tom Hicks, George Gillett, Foster Gillett, Rick Parry and Rafa Benitez which was wide ranging and positive.
The discussions were amicable and constructive. All those present are united in their desire to bring further success to the club.
Pleasant enough. Today, George Gillett spoke at greater length about the much-publicized ‘fall-out’ between Liverpool’s owners and manager:
This wasn’t supposed to happen, but it has happened, and now the focus has to be on finding a common platform to continue our co-operation. Rafa is the one we want as a manager further on, and we have faith in him.
I’ve been married over 40 years and have first hand knowledge about how to solve an argument! We concentrated on getting an overview over the situation, and I felt we accomplished that.
Those are reassurring words, even for somebody like me who thought this had been blown out-of-proportion. Methinks the family analogy is quite apt as I’ve also used it to describe this situation:
Families fight — it’s just a fact of life. But, it’s the strong ones that know how to patch things up.
And so it would appear, on the surface, we have moved passed it. And that’s a lesson that can be applied in other aspects of the club: Surely the United loss was tough and puts us in a difficult position, but instead of letting the result fester, we move on, work hard and strive to make it better. Otherwise, things just get worse.
On other topics, GG was coy about possible transfers (i.e. the central defender we all know Rafa wants) and paid some lip service to the fans, no doubt influenced by their pro-Rafa demonstrations:
The transfer window opens soon and we might use the option that gives us, or we might not.
Liverpool is a great club. We are well aware that we have something very valuable on our hands. Liverpool is not our club, it’s your club. The supporters’ club. It’s always been that way, and it will always be that way.
Rick Parry has also spoken, this time on the stadium and the changes that rising costs may force:
We are now considering two schemes but the stadium will be a 70,000 seater. The new stadium will be a significant improvement on the original plans and a slightly downgraded version of the new ones. And it will be a massive improvement on where we were 12 months ago, if not quite as dramatic as the plans unveiled in the summer.
The single tier Kop remains fundamental to the design and we are not expecting any delays – it should be on schedule for 2011.
By some accounts, this means the new Stanley Park stadium may not look like a Frank Gehry creation after all.
And finally, new England
fall guy manager Fabio Capello has hinted that he’ll come after some English players who have retired from the international game in a bid to restock his cabinet (i.e. the Ginger Princess and Carra).
Carra, on behalf of Liverpool fans everywhere (and Nancy Reagan) — JUST SAY NO.