This was Anfield, LIVERPOOL: To consternation on Merseyside, Harry Redknapp has written in their 'favourite' paper, that that he has "...utmost sympathy for the Reds' owners, George Gillett and Tom Hicks."
Harry Redknapp, in his own words about Liverpool Football Club's owners, George Gillett and Tom Hicks;
- "All they seem to have done is plough a fortune into the place and they stand to lose a fortune when they sell it.
But, for all that, all they get is grief week-in, week-out.
It's not their fault the expensive players who have been brought in are not performing as they should be."
To which the a 'friendly' Scouser has replied with vitriolic 'banter';
- "Harry talking from his backside yet again, hope you enjoy the champs league whilst it lasts and we look forward to meeting you in the Europa League when you drop out, because with a little luck going our way we will be bouncing back and then we will back in the big 4, where we belong even if in truth there are only 2 big clubs in England, Liverpool and Man Utd."
Adding to this come a very 'cheeky' comment from 'our' very intellectual Scouse 'mate';
- "That's right Harry, you feel sorry for them... Afterall, it's not their fault the following happened:
They LIED when they bought the club with borrowed money, instantly taking the club in to £250m debt.
They LIED about building a new stadium "spades in the ground in 60 days" is what Gillett said.
They continued to refinance loans at massive interest rates and increase the debt.
They made a profit in 4 consecutive transfer windows, selling key players along the way.
They LIED when they said "significant funds would be available for transfers this summer" and they made a £7m PROFIT!
They went behind Rafa's back in 2008 and approached Klinsmann to take over.
Yes Harry, supporters should feel very sorry for them!!"
However, one fan does understand Harry Redknapp's point of view;
- "They are not supposed to make right purchases or motivate the players - managers have to! they also don't have to score goals, boss the midfield and defend properly - players have to! look at Rafa @ Inter - he's gonna screw up another previously great club! now look at Mourinho - I didn't expect Real to improve as much as they did in such a short time. Hodgson is as average as Fulham, simples!"
So does another football fan;
- "Gotta agree 'Arry. I think they are easy targets being American and have been used as scapegoats. Fans need someone to vent their anger on and it seems to have been the owners which does appear unfair."
Somebody who is obviously not a football supporter, but none the less makes an interesting comment about the 'issue';
- "The most ridiculous people on earth are the 'real fans'. And the 'bigger' they think their club is, the worse they are.
Only a total tool would buy a premier league club, 'cos the fans expect nothing other than for you to spend hundreds of millions of pounds of Your money, shelling out a hundred grand a week each for a load of hyped-up 'name' players who twenty years ago would have been taking the train to the game.
And then the fans want a few more millions of Your money spent during the mid-season transfer. And then tens more millions of Your money spent over the next summer. And the next. And the next . . .
Maybe all of life's winners who gather at the Kop End could stop stealing hub caps for a minute and plough Their own money into paying a weeks wages for the bozos they think should be at their club. If they want players, sell their houses, club together and buy them. Otherwise, stop the constant bloody complaining.
I know the 'fan culture' of 'real' fans up there is buying expensive replica shirts like there's no tomorrow, wearing them as a kind of embarrassing uniform . . . then complaining your dole money has mysteriously disappeared and demanding more from southern taxpayers."
As usual our 'Arry, the cheeky cockney 'done good', who now manages Spurs, has put his foot into a 'bowlful' of Scouse! We leave this affair by quoting one 'adroit' observer;
- "Surely this shows that Harry Redknapp clearly knows nothing about finance, perhaps that is why he is in a pickle with HMRC."