Monday, January 11, 2010

Dem Basterd Yanks

Fooking hell . . . are these cunts ever gonna fook off?

Insult Plumbs LFC To New Depths
By Oliver Kay (Times UK)

"Blow me, ****face. Go to hell. I’m sick of you."

As an epitaph to the calamitous Hicks-Gillett regime at Liverpool, the ten-word e-mail sent by Tom Hicks Jr at 4am on Saturday, in response to a polite message from a concerned supporter, ticked just about every box. Brash, arrogant, offensive, crass, uncouth, contemptuous and hopelessly naive, it was the defining moment of almost three years of blundering, back-biting and broken promises at Anfield.

Hicks Jr, the son of Tom Hicks, the co-owner, eventually apologised to the supporter in question for "losing my temper and using bad language with you", calling it "a kneejerk reaction". A jerk’s reaction would probably be a better way of putting it and a more considered, appropriate response now would be to resign from his position on the club’s board.
But still, at least it was an apology; Liverpool’s supporters have been waiting a long time for one of those.

Hicks and George Gillett Jr made all the right noises when they swaggered into Liverpool in February 2007, red-and-white scarves draped around their shoulders, oozing folksy charm and pledging, among other things, to start building work on a new stadium within 60 days (oops), not to take the club into debt (it now stands at around £245 million), to be accessible ("go to hell") and "to add to the lustre of the club, not detract from it" ("blow me, ****face").

For a company director to insult a customer in such a way (and, yes, it irks to use such terminology) is a disgrace and yet somehow it is not the foul-mouthed language that irks most about Hicks Jr’s e-mail. Far worse is the contempt that runs through every word: contempt for the concerns expressed by a supporter who, without further comment, sent him a link to an article in the Liverpool Echo in which concerns were expressed about Rafael Benítez’s alarming struggle to find money to invest in a depleted, demoralised squad that is in severe danger of missing out on Champions League qualification.

The supporters’ concerns for Liverpool’s future, short and long term, are legitimate. Benítez appeared to acknowledge for the first time over the weekend that he may be forced to sell players such as Fernando Torres if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League — previously, in an interview with The Times in November, he had said he would resign rather than tolerate such a scenario — and for Hicks Jr to sneer at such concerns, whether he uses foul-mouthed insults or wit worthy of Oscar Wilde, is not acceptable.

For the sake of balance, it is worth pointing out here that Hicks, Gillett and their families have been subjected to some rather less civil e-mails and, according to Gillett, telephone calls since their ill-conceived dalliance with Liverpool took the first of many turns for the worse.
On a visit to Merseyside two years ago Hicks Jr decided, flanked by minders, to go for a post-match drink in The Sandon pub "because I have wanted to go for quite some time to see the birthplace of the club and I also wanted the opportunity to have a direct talk with some of the supporters". Suffice to say it was a brief conversation.


Liverpool’s supporters did everything to make Hicks and Gillett feel welcome in the spring of 2007. Unless it has been burnt, whether out of embarrassment or anger, there is a fan somewhere with a banner that, echoing the words of the MasterCard advert, ends with the phrase "for everything else, there’s George and Tom".

It was not until the season after — the unedifying and very public spats with Benítez, the talks with Jürgen Klinsmann, the decision to take the club heavily into debt, the continuing fiasco over the stadium — that warmth turned to hostility of the type that the Glazer family faced on their early visits to Manchester United.

Outsiders mistake the antiAmerican sentiment on Merseyside as a misplaced sense of empathy with Benítez. They look at the purchases of Torres, Javier Mascherano, Robbie Keane, Glen Johnson and others and suggest that Benítez, having been backed to the hilt, has only himself to blame for Liverpool’s failure to win a first league title since 1990. That is a different argument and a spurious one; whatever Benítez’s perceived faults — and his judgment in the transfer market last summer, albeit faced with a constrained budget, was highly questionable — he is far from being Liverpool’s weakest link.

Hicks and Gillett have made some good appointments in the commercial and financial sphere, helping to drive up the club’s revenue, but none of that counts for a bean when Liverpool were forced to pay £36.5 million in interest last season (and, at best, a similar figure this campaign). Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal chief executive, said in an interview with The Times last week that "not all debt is bad", pointing out how the club’s interest bills are more than covered by the revenue generated by the move to the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool’s debt, by contrast, is very bad, existing for no other reason than to prop up a regime that, in every other sense, ran out of credit long ago.

Gillett took the unusual step of telephoning me the last time I criticised him and Hicks, telling me I had "got it all wrong" and that "debt per dollar, we are in a far better position than our rivals". His response was certainly more polite and more reasoned than that from Hicks Jr in the early hours of Saturday, but my deep reservations were not overcome. It is not a case of saying that Gillett or Hicks or their sons are bad people. It is simply the case that, between them, they have repeatedly shown themselves to lack the qualities needed to be worthy owners of Liverpool Football Club.

In February 2007 — the day he said that "the shovel needs to be in the ground within 60 days" with regards to the construction of a new stadium, where two years, 11 months and four days on, no shovel has yet been seen — Gillett said that "this isn’t about making money. This is about winning and passion and tradition".

Yet passion has been directed in all the wrong areas, traditions have been ignored, the aforementioned lustre has been tarnished and the widespread belief persists that they would be as willing as ever to sell up if they could be guaranteed a huge enough profit to show for all their hard work and dedication to the Liverpool cause.

That will be the final insult, when they depart — whether it is in six weeks, six months or six years — with a profit to their name. Hicks Jr’s e-mail in the early hours of Saturday was merely the latest, but, with those ten words, he plumbed new depths. Next time he is passing The Sandon, he would be advised to keep walking.

18 comments:

Jon-C said...

Yanks out..... and they can take Rafa with em too. ;0)

Bloody disgrace!

anfield devotee said...

One thing at the time bro Jon C.

Yanks out first & foremost!

Life's Like That said...

Bala, u had to make my blood boil by putting this article up did you?????????? These blardy yanks shd be lined up, shot and shot again for what they have done to our beloved club. The mere thot that the likes of Torres, Gerrard and Masch cld be sold if we don make the top 4 is scary!

And to think we could have been taken over by the current Man City owners! Sigh.......

Tinesh said...

Enuff with fuckin idiots who dunno shit about football buying over clubs. I mean I;m not surprised they fucked Liverpool up, after all, they call the game soccer. And even more surprisingly, the Glazers are alrite. But yea, out with not just yanks, but anyone who wishes to make only money outta the game

Jonno said...

To me, it's fine that they want to make a bob out of the game, let's admit it, that's what we thought. The yanks are here to make a quick bob, which only means success on the field, which is what we wanted, and secretly we hoped that the success on the field and passion shown would eventually convinced the owners to stick with the club and bring us to another level.

However, the big ifs and buts, they are not doing it, they think this is like a franchise, that they can waltz in and the cash till will start ringing, but it ain't to be. All they need to do is to back the club a bit, give Rafa some money, and they will be hailed as messiah, even if (more like when) they sell the club, they will be sent off properly, with a big thank you note and a permanent seat on the kop if they want, instead, with this latest "development", I'd be surprise they will be able to step into Merseyside without looking over their shoulder...

To me, they can fuck right off... Let's boycott all "official" LFC products so that they would not get anymore money out of us! Fuck off Yanks...

P/S: Share Liverpool is now at 500GBP each, log on and pledge your commitment... http://www.shareliverpoolfc.com/

Jonno said...

To me, it's fine that they want to make a bob out of the game, let's admit it, that's what we thought. The yanks are here to make a quick bob, which only means success on the field, which is what we wanted, and secretly we hoped that the success on the field and passion shown would eventually convinced the owners to stick with the club and bring us to another level.

However, the big ifs and buts, they are not doing it, they think this is like a franchise, that they can waltz in and the cash till will start ringing, but it ain't to be. All they need to do is to back the club a bit, give Rafa some money, and they will be hailed as messiah, even if (more like when) they sell the club, they will be sent off properly, with a big thank you note and a permanent seat on the kop if they want, instead, with this latest "development", I'd be surprise they will be able to step into Merseyside without looking over their shoulder...

To me, they can fuck right off... Let's boycott all "official" LFC products so that they would not get anymore money out of us! Fuck off Yanks...

P/S: Share Liverpool is now at 500GBP each, log on and pledge your commitment... http://www.shareliverpoolfc.com/

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

I can only hope not all these american owners are bastards. as it stands now Stan Kroenke (a fuckin yank) is the biggest share-holder of AFC. Him taking over the club looks inevitable.

anfield devotee said...

LLT: We've ALREADY been overtaken by Citeh la . . .

Jonno: £500 eh? (*sigh*) wish me has a bit of cash to invest . . .

tinesh: The Glazers aren't so bad? Riiiittteee . . . Glad ye think so matey. That £700 million debt is peanuts izzit?

kerp: Randy Lerner has shown how to do it. By keeping his mouth SHUT! But ye should be very worried.

anfield devotee said...

Latest:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/liverpool/article6983615.ece

Whether this is just a hollow victory is open to debate. What do ye guys think?

FreddyAIppolito said...

愛情是盲目的,但婚姻恢復了它的視力。.........................

Jon-C said...

1 down 3 to go! Fooking right he resigned!Guess what his dad did? He went on a PR offensive by announcing the club is working on BIG NAME signings for the summer. What a bunch of bollocks!

anfield devotee said...

JonC: Yup, bollocks, precisely.

Anba said...

Balaji i think this is one of the many mistakes the liverpool top mgmt board ppl whatever u wanna call it..since mid 90's itself they should have done something bout the club they let man u grow in strength...dunno why the slacked...no iconic players were produced,too many screw ups...they have only themselves too blame...

anfield devotee said...

Anba: yes, they were too caught up in their old ways. Refise to move with the times & couldn't adapt to the premiership era.

But iconic players - there were one or two. Fowler? Owen?

anfield devotee said...

Tinesh: Pls see this: [13:27:01] balachandran: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/sam-wallace-glazers-have-fallen-into-trap-set-for-abramovich-1865921.html

Tinesh said...

Thanks for the link dude. Here's another http://www.unitedrant.co.uk/?p=5711

anfield devotee said...

Still think the glazers are "allrite", tinesh?

Anba said...

balaji:- fowler and owen were good but if liverpool had someone like cantona..i think it will have an impact thats something to think about

balaji..the link to malaysia today is an old one...boleh updatekan yg baru punya