Thursday, June 03, 2010
Rafa Benitez sacked by Liverpool Football club
02 June 2010
Rafa Benitez has been sacked for failing to accept a severance package offered to him by the club, claim Anfield insiders this evening.
It is claimed that the Liverpool board opted to pull the trigger after becoming worried about the lack of support in the manager by his players and also because they felt he was no longer in the job for the right reasons.
A hack from one of the nationals - a long-time friend and supporter of the site - spoke to the KOPTALK editor a few moments ago and although he is running a major article on the "sacking" tomorrow, there are some things he cannot put into print.
He said: "A series of explosive conversations took place last night between Liverpool officials and the manager's agent. As a result an emergency board meeting was called.
"Broughton and Purslow were fully aware that Benitez was only hanging around for a pay-off. Seeing his recent interviews has angered officials, especially Purslow.
"They don't believe he's committed to the cause at what they admit is a difficult time and they've grown tired of his petulant behaviour.
"At a time when everyone needs to be coming together, there have been threats of further exchanges in the press [ED: A planned exclusive interview in Spain] and this had to stop.
"While the fans will say Benitez's intentions were admirable, there is a feeling that he has misled them because he was making it known before the end of the season that he wanted to leave but that he wouldn't waive his right to his huge pay-off.
"His agent had spoken to Purslow about the options and he made it known what his client would need to leave the club. He wanted out but dug in when nothing came.
"Nothing was giving but senior players have made it known to Purslow that they're unhappy under Benitez and that there is a complete loss of confidence in him from the squad. He had to go. There was no way back.
"They [Liverpool FC board] want to bring in a new manager who can persuade major players that the club can and will be turned round as soon as possible.
"The threats had to stop."
While tonight's reports are all on the ball, we cannot help but think that there will be further twists within the next 24 hours. We should also note that there is no official announcement by the club as yet.
Our source has pledged to provide us with a further update in the morning. Obviously we'll update you on this site but naturally we will have to retain anything that could expose a source for our members website which is more private.
Taken from Kop Blog.What are your thoughts Liverpool owes?