Van Gaal linked with LFC management role

Dutchman Luis Van Gaal has been linked with a senior role at Liverpool under the new structure to be implemented by Fenway Sports Group.

The Guardian and The Times newspapers are reporting that the 60 year old former Champions League winner is being considered for the new role of “sporting director”.

The sporting director role is one of those being created to replace the former director of football role that Damien Comolli recently left.

Van Gaal’s focus would be on the footballing aspects of the role, while current managing director Ian Ayre’s role would be changed to give him more responsibility in the management side of the club.

Bloomberg report that “Managing Director Ian Ayre will get greater responsibility over negotiating player trades and contracts, a role previously done by Comolli.”

Meanwhile, Bloomberg report that Fenway Sports Management executive Billy Hogan is to become the club’s new commercial director. Hogan was influential in the record breaking deal for Warrior Sports to become the club’s new kit manufacturer.

Wondering what a ‘sporting director’ does? This article from The Guardian may be of interest.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/arshad.hoossanbuksh Arshad Hoossanbuksh

    time in, more new?
    Van Gaal’s DOF / Frank De Boer M

    • Intelligent man

      What!? What does “time in, more new” mean?
      If you are trying to imply Frank De Boer as manager in your strange comment then wake up and see the enws that he has declined the role!
      Deary me, it’s thick fans like this that probably wanted KD sacked in the first place!

    • Intelligent man

      “time in, more new” – Is this a sentence that makes sense to anyone?

  • Reddy

    Get van gaal as the manager, proven winner.

    • Intelligent man

      KD is a “proven winner” though is he not? 4 titles, FA cups and League cups in a 12 year career. So why get shot of him?
      Can anyone yet explain what a Director of Football is and how it differs to that of a manager/scout or Chief Executive?

      • anj2099

        if your so fricken intelligent why do you need thick Liverpool fans to explain things to you patronizing dick.

        • Viewpoint_X

          Well said. That ‘man’ is another that lives in the past and where he’ll stay, cause Liverpool is moving forward and at last catching up with all the other clubs!!

          • anj2099

            viewpoint x thanks for the support. Liverpool fans should stick together back the team the manager and each other.Every person is an individual with his/her own view point on LFC and as passionate fans we should respect this and not be nasty or acerbic like certain people. Just my personal belief YNWA.

          • anj2099

            viewpoint x thanks for the support. Liverpool fans should stick together back the team the manager and each other.Every person is an individual with his/her own view point on LFC and as passionate fans we should respect this and not be nasty or acerbic like certain people. Just my personal belief YNWA.

          • j75j

            If we do get Van Gaal it would be like going full circle from the 1967 hammering by Ajax which influenced Shankley in later years and the importance of keeping the ball in European football.
            Liverpool should have gone for a Dutch manager from the Ajax teachings in 98 and in 04!

          • Intelligent man

            But what great things have Ajax done in the last 15 years? When do they win the big BIG trophies?

          • j75j

            Dutch teachings! Barcelona is based on the Ajax way. Ajax produce quality footballers.
            The reason Ajax haven’t won a major trophy is that their players are snatched from them before they can build another winning team like 1995. The present team they risk losing Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Gregory van der Wiel. Hopefully Frank De Boer as well to us!

          • Intelligent man

            j75j – Nope De Boer isn’t coming.

          • j75j

            Another reason Dutch and Ajax produce a lot of quality players is that Suriname an ex colony use to be Dutch Guiana in South America.
            Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit, Patrick Kluivert, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Aron Winter, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Ryan Babel, Ken Monkou, Regi Blinker, Fabian Wilnis and Eljero Elia are just a few who are of Surinamese descent.

            If we can start tapping into that market by setting up academy we could be onto a winner. The positives in giving Van Gaal a position are even bigger then making Rafa manager.

          • Intelligent man

            I’m well aware of the very good dutch players of yesteyear thanks. What I want to know is what BIG trophies will they GUARANTEE to deliver? What will Van Gaals role be? How does it differ to the manager etc etc?

          • j75j

            FSG want to produce home grown talents.
            Van Gaal knows the Ajax and Barcelona youth structure he would have worked with Rodolfo Borrell at Barcelona.
            Henry wants youth in the team and a youthful manager working with a man who has been there and done it.

          • index1000

            can anyone guarantee to deliver a trophy?

          • Intelligent man

            Yes is the simple answer to that

          • index1000

            well they are current Eredivisie champions.

        • Intelligent man

          anj2099 – Please explain in more intelligent detail what you are referring to and your specific point?

        • index1000

          hahahahaha best comment on here so far

      • MR GRUMPY

        Intelligent man Kenny is gone yes as a strong supporter of the man it grieves me to say it, and I know from reading your comments you also stood strongly behind him, alas he is now gone as manager, and all we can hope for now is that his replacement is someone that all the supporters can get behind and look to the future, yes I have to agree with you why get shot of someone of Kenny,s caliber, it baffles me.

        • Tim Jones

          ‘yes I have to agree with you why get shot of someone of Kenny,s caliber, it baffles me.’

          We’re treading water here but if 37 pts off top, 17 pts off the top 4 and our lowest pts tally in the top flight for over 50 years isn’t enough to get you the sack then it’s hard to think what is

          The only people baffled by Kenny’s dismissal are a certain section of Liverpool fans and whilst its unfortunate that he’s paid ther price for the faith he showed towards certain players who have let hom down so badly, football in the 21st century is a result’s based business and it’s not really that surprising that Liverpool have fallen so far behind when so many of their fans are content with living in the past

          • Intelligent man

            Oh look it’s Tim Jones again – the guy who has a one dimensional view of football.
            Do you ever look at the bigger picture? Why do you continually ignore the fact KD won a trophy and so very nearly won another? Why do you ignore the fact he took a team from 12th to 6th in half a season and improved the performances? It has nothing to do with “living in the past” – it has to do with recognising an intelligent manager that would have delivered more trophies (the only thing that is important)

          • Tim Jones

            ‘Kenny performed miracles considering he inherited a shambles’

            Finishing with our lowest pts tally for 50 years was pretty miracolous – especially when you consider he was given 100m to spend to strengthen the squad

            Kenny didn’t just fall short in the league – our campaign was an utter shambles and the main reason was poor judgement on his part – thinking the likes of Downing and Henderson can tajke us to that next level, letting Merieles and Aquilani play elsewhere, playing Spearing and Henderson as the holding players in the FA Cup final, shelling out 35m on Andy Carroll – I could go on and on

            I find it amazing Grumps that so many Liverpool fans think losing to West Brom, Fulham and Wigan at Anfield for the first time in history is something that should be applauded and i fear that fans of your inclination would still be saying Kenny was the man even if he got us relegated – as Newcastle fans did when Shearer was doing just that – so strong is the emotional attachment

            today’s football

            ‘Why do you continually ignore the fact KD won a trophy and so very nearly won another?’

            On that basis you would be saying that Alex McLeish performed miracles in winning the League Cup for Birmingham

            Daglish might have taken the team from 12th to 6th in the season before last but I’m more interested in the last season where we finished 8th, below Everton with the least amount of points for 50 years

            Why do so constantly avoiding answering that if Kenny’s the man to take us forward, how did it end up like this?

          • Tim Jones

            ‘Kenny performed miracles considering he inherited a shambles’

            Finishing with our lowest pts tally for 50 years was pretty miracolous – especially when you consider he was given 100m to spend to strengthen the squad

            Kenny didn’t just fall short in the league – our campaign was an utter shambles and the main reason was poor judgement on his part – thinking the likes of Downing and Henderson can tajke us to that next level, letting Merieles and Aquilani play elsewhere, playing Spearing and Henderson as the holding players in the FA Cup final, shelling out 35m on Andy Carroll – I could go on and on

            I find it amazing Grumps that so many Liverpool fans think losing to West Brom, Fulham and Wigan at Anfield for the first time in history is something that should be applauded and i fear that fans of your inclination would still be saying Kenny was the man even if he got us relegated – as Newcastle fans did when Shearer was doing just that – so strong is the emotional attachment

            today’s football

            ‘Why do you continually ignore the fact KD won a trophy and so very nearly won another?’

            On that basis you would be saying that Alex McLeish performed miracles in winning the League Cup for Birmingham

            Daglish might have taken the team from 12th to 6th in the season before last but I’m more interested in the last season where we finished 8th, below Everton with the least amount of points for 50 years

            Why do so constantly avoiding answering that if Kenny’s the man to take us forward, how did it end up like this?

          • Gaz

            Tim, I agree with your points. More damning stats of a truly awful campaign:

            in 2012 only Villa, Blackburn and Wolves took fewer points, and we all know what happened to the last two.

            The last 19 games yielded just 18 points.

            Lowest points tally ever in the Premier League.

            Lowest position since 1993/94.

            In Rafa’s last season LFC finished 7th yet got 63 points. Kenny got 55.

            Further, what’s forgotten is the deflating end to the previous season where we were knocked out of the Europa Cup by that powerhouse, Sporting Braga, and then lost our last two games. It was a wimp out.

            Kenny the legend lives on. He deserves a very special place in the club’s history. No one can take that away from him. He’ll never walk alone but our future belongs in different hands now and we need to move on and support the new bloke whoever he ends up being.

          • Intelligent man

            Braga are a decent team actually – they looked like they were going to wrap up the Portuguese title for a while. They finished above Sporting Lisbon who proved to be too good for out champions of England this season.
            People like you though Gaz are too unintelligent to understand football outside of this country. You are one fo those people who never watches other leagues and takes the automatic mentality of “the Portuguese league, Spanish league etc etc is no good”. How are you emasuring these things exactly?

          • MR GRUMPY

            Gaz what if we don,t get a fourth or better place will you call for the new manager to be sacked after his first full season in charge,

          • Gaz

            Tim, I agree with your points. More damning stats of a truly awful campaign:

            in 2012 only Villa, Blackburn and Wolves took fewer points, and we all know what happened to the last two.

            The last 19 games yielded just 18 points.

            Lowest points tally ever in the Premier League.

            Lowest position since 1993/94.

            In Rafa’s last season LFC finished 7th yet got 63 points. Kenny got 55.

            Further, what’s forgotten is the deflating end to the previous season where we were knocked out of the Europa Cup by that powerhouse, Sporting Braga, and then lost our last two games. It was a wimp out.

            Kenny the legend lives on. He deserves a very special place in the club’s history. No one can take that away from him. He’ll never walk alone but our future belongs in different hands now and we need to move on and support the new bloke whoever he ends up being.

          • Intelligent man

            Gaz – and the season before that (in 2011 when KD took over) I think Liverpool amassed as many points as any other team so what’s your point? The deflating end to that season came after a magnificent 2nd half of the season didn’t it?
            When this new bloke is appointed anf fails, what will your excuses be then?

          • Tim Jones

            ‘Gaz – and the season before that (in 2011 when KD took over) I think
            Liverpool amassed as many points as any other team so what’s your point?’

            Thar’s not actually true – Man Utd and i think Chelsea got as many pts

            But even if it were what use is that if in the next campaign he amases the least amount points the club has ever managed for the last 50 years?

            You can’t ‘spin’ this one.

            Gaz is totally right – Kenny more than deserves a very special place in the club’s history – but it is the club’s history and recent league results weren’t just disappointing for a club like Liverpool, they were truly appalling – with only Villa, Blackburn and Wolves doing wirst in the second half of the season

            As John Alldridge said, it was embarassing to be a Liverpool fan in the dying days of last season and throughout my 37 years on this planet that’s something I never experienced before – not even through the darker days of the Souness reign

          • Tim Jones

            ‘Gaz – and the season before that (in 2011 when KD took
            over) I think Liverpool amassed as many points as any other team so what’s your
            point?’

            Thar’s not actually true – Man Utd and i think Chelsea got as many pts

            But even if it were what use is that if in the next campaign he amases the
            least amount points the club has ever managed for the last 50 years?

            You can’t ‘spin’ this one.

            Gaz is totally right – Kenny more than deserves a very special place in the
            club’s history – but it is the club’s history and recent league results weren’t
            just disappointing for a club like Liverpool, they were truly appalling – with
            only Villa, Blackburn and Wolves doing wirst in the second half of the season

            As John Alldridge said, it was embarassing to be a Liverpool fan in the dying
            days of last season and throughout my 37 years on this planet that’s something
            I never experienced before – not even through the darker days of the Souness
            reign

          • MR GRUMPY

            A straight answer please will you be calling for the new manager,s head if he dose not achieve a fourth place, and will you be content to have the team known as the nearly men because their ambition was not to win anything but just achieve fourth in the league take a pat on the back and say that was a good season, whilst under Kenny the team would be known as the achievers because they would have continued in their winning groove and eventually won the premier league, I have to say underachievers seem to be the flavor of the month at the moment,but then may be I like intelligent man and other supporters expect better expectations.

          • Intelligent man

            Fantastic reply Grumpy man, I don’t think the dim Tim will be able to answer though. I can understand why you are so grumpy having to deal with fans who are brainswashed by the media and now think finishing 4th is an achievement.

          • Tim Jones

            Your expectations clearly aren’t that high given that you think Kemny performed miracles by finishing 8th in the league

            4th is no achievement in itself but it gets us to the cl and in today’s world thats the only way we can get the players we need to challenge for the title

            Until we get back into the CL we can’t hope to compete for the title and this season underlined that under kenny that was never going to happen – not matter how long FSG had given him

          • MR GRUMPY

            Tim a Carling cup won, euro league next year, and in the final of the F.A cup against the C.L Champions which we lost by the narrowest of margins was beyond all I had expected of Kenny in his first year as manager, I ask again if after his first full season the new manager has not achieved a fourth place or better in the prem. will you be calling for his head, after all even if he achieved equal to Kenny as in a trophy on the cabinet the first one for over six years, will your high expectations not have been met, to Intelligent man I say if Tim gets his way it looks like a manager a year for the foreseeable future and no new trophies for another six years.

          • Intelligent man

            Grumpy – I told you Tim wouldn’t be able to answer your very good question!
            Why on earth would anyone want a manager who doesn’t win trophies like Tim? After all isn’t this the sole purpose of a football clubs existence?

          • Intelligent man

            Tim – You’re at it again aren’t you silly boy – focusing the debate on ONE aspect of a clubs season instead of looking at the big picture. As you are a bit slow I will repeat the facts for you. A season in any football clubs life is judged across ALL competitions they play in. So it’s all well and good doing well in the league but if you crash out of the domestic cups early doors and falter in Europe (a bit like Man Utd this season), you can’t say it’s been a fantastic season.
            We should have finished higher than 8th sure and if not for a bit of bad luck we would have, any muppet can see this. We had NO right to finish anything above 5th though with Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea all having vastly superior squads to Liverpool when KD took over (and I mean vastly) and spending massive amounts of money as well. You can’t just focus on the £100m KD spent and pretend Chelsea haven’t also spent £150m since KD arrived can you?
            Also you are not intelligent enough to realise that you can achieve anything with intelligence. Newcastle were nowhere last season and finished 5th. They were within a whisker of a “top 4 finish” by recruiting nobodies. It’s called a shrewd investment, something Wenger has done for years. Buying players for £2.5 million like Van Persie or Fabregas for free. It can be done and in time KD would have done the same. So anyone can compete for the title without CL football. Man City WON the title this year after playing just 6 games in the CL!

          • Intelligent man

            Tim – here’s another scenario for you. Norwich finished 12th this season – the same place Liverpool were in when KD took over. Do you think that if you gave them £100m to spend this summer BUT took away their top striker (Holt presumably), then they would finish in the top 4 (despite Man Utd, Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea all spending at least £50m this season also?

          • Intelligent man

            John Aldridge is one of the thickest pundits I have ever had the displeasure of hearing. You’ve got a whole bunch of thick people in the media world and Aldridge, Merson, Thommo etc are all in that mix.

          • Intelligent man

            Tim (nice but dim) – You really need to look more intelligently at this £100 million KD had to spend. He wasn’t starting at the point of a top team, he took over a team in 12th position heading down even further. That £100 million had to be reinvested at that point AND to compensate for losing their one and only striker, CL winning Torres!
            How can you call a campaign of 2 cup finals (one won) a utter “shambles”? The likes of Downing and Henderson have taken us to the next level, we are a farbetter team than under Hodgson. Spearing and Henderson had to play in the cup final due to injuries to Lucas and Adam.
            When did we say losing to West Brom, Fulham and Wigan at Anfield is something that should be applauded? You’re getting yourself confused again with the thick fans that are sentimental and the intelligent ones that aren’t. Us clever ones recognize KD’s brilliant managerial ability which has seen him lift 4 titles, FA cups and league cups in 12 years.
            Alex McLeish did fantastically well to win the Carling cup!
            How am I “constantly avoiding answering that if Kenny’s the man to take us forward, how did it end up like this”? I’ve never been asked that question you unintelligent man. So you are asking me how we ended up winning a trophy for the first time in 6 years, playing much better football? Well because of KD of course!

          • MR GRUMPY

            intelligent man I know you are doing your best to try and educate dim Tim but I fear you are wasting your time, his failing to answer any questions in a sensible way is now getting repetitive, he is I fear an under achiever and would have our club the same if he and those like them had their way, they just cannot admit that Kenny was doing exceptionally well, and would have been our best hope of winning the premiership within a few years, alas fourth place appears to be a major achievement to the under achievers.

          • MR GRUMPY

            Tim one trophy won first in over six years and narrowly beat in the final of the FA cup in his first full year, Kenny performed miracles considering he inherited a shambles, will the new manager be sacked after 14 months if he has achieved less than a top 4 finish and will all the morons be calling for the new manager,s head if he wins a trophy in his first year but finishes less than fourth, and if the new manager fails to achieve a 4th or better place and is not sacked dose that mean the legend K.D will have been discriminated against, why do you think F.S.G are finding it so hard to replace Kenny they are only just realizing the enormous pressure they have put on the new manager, with their unrealistic demands of a top 4 place within the first season of management, sacking Kenny was a monumental mistake, especially as F.S.G havn,t a clue as who they can find better to replace the great man with.

          • ME

            What a muppet comment.
            If not understanding that when you are rebuilding a squad you are going to have to accept a transition period isn’t enough to get you a little loyality then its hard to think what is.
            KK didn’t inherit Inter Milan after winning the treble.
            Are you really that short sighted?
            Please….

          • Intelligent man

            Well said “me” – Tim nice but dim is a simpleton though you have to remember this….

  • Gano1

    It is believed FSG have a naming rights deal with AIR CHINA???

    • Viewpoint_X

      No, It’s been announced this morning that it’s Aer Arann. Oh! and I have no source either!

  • Gano1

    Ian Ayre admits 2 naming rights partners very close to a deal………….WOW!!!

    • Intelligent man

      Do we get a trophy for these naming rights because that’s what I’m only interested in?

      • Gano1

        Some people are never happy are they???

        • Intelligent man

          Gano1 – In far more intelligent detail – please explain your comment?

          • ME

            I think it was sarcasm.
            Sometime we need to laugh – even though it hurts. ;-)

          • Intelligent man

            It’s hard to laugh when our incompetent owners fire a brilliant manager that wins trophies for the 1st time in 6 years. Then they look to replace him with a relegation dodger – great move!

          • redatheart

            Kenny was a good (though hardly ‘brilliant’) manager first time around, inheriting as he did a fantastic world beating team. Meanwhile, if you think finishing 8th in the PL, 37 pts off the pace denotes brilliance then you really ought to think about finding a new name for yourself because your logic hardly suggests intelligence. As for Martinez being a relegation dodger – Shankly, Fergie, and Jesus Christ all rolled into one would be very hard pressed to surpass his relegation-dodging achievements with lowly cash-strapped Wigan.

          • magic2ouch

            erm who built the 88 team?

            No doubt KK made many mistakes – including buying crap players. but with those crap players he beat all the teams above him, got 2 finals, created the most chances in the premier league, had the 3rd best defensive record and his the post more than 40 times. Had Suarez banned for 8 games without any concrete independent evidence. Had Reina banned because of an opponents acting abilities. So all in all there was a lot of bad luck. However nothing that could not be rectified. Sometimes the end result is not everything there was a lot underneath that was commendable. Where KK utterly failed was his dealings with the media – that was abhorrent – he came across way too agressive and thus the media in turn presented him in a bad light. The fact is FSG have made a huge cock up. Sacking a manager who even if had acheived the stated aim of 4th place would still have been playing europa league. Instead we got a trophy, and another wembley final which could easily have been a victory. I too have criticised a lot of what KK did but im not that blinkered to not see the good that was done.

          • magic2ouch

            erm who built the 88 team?

            No doubt KK made many mistakes – including buying crap players. but with those crap players he beat all the teams above him, got 2 finals, created the most chances in the premier league, had the 3rd best defensive record and his the post more than 40 times. Had Suarez banned for 8 games without any concrete independent evidence. Had Reina banned because of an opponents acting abilities. So all in all there was a lot of bad luck. However nothing that could not be rectified. Sometimes the end result is not everything there was a lot underneath that was commendable. Where KK utterly failed was his dealings with the media – that was abhorrent – he came across way too agressive and thus the media in turn presented him in a bad light. The fact is FSG have made a huge cock up. Sacking a manager who even if had acheived the stated aim of 4th place would still have been playing europa league. Instead we got a trophy, and another wembley final which could easily have been a victory. I too have criticised a lot of what KK did but im not that blinkered to not see the good that was done.

          • ME

            Totally agreed. It hurts.

  • MR GRUMPY

    A large section of the Liverpool fan base world wide have surprised John Henry by their dismay and anger at the treatment of Kenny, this has been made worse by the way in which a replacement for Kenny has been carried out, what we the fans need more than any thing now is reassurance that our club is in a safe pair of hands, and some news of a positive nature,yes I can only speak for my self,and I have to say I am sick of all the negativity, for God,s sake there has to be some good news for a change.

  • redatheart

    Van Gaal’s heart, apparently, remains in management / coaching rather than in becoming a Sporting Director. According to Talk Sport’s man in Holland, however, he would still be open to the latter job were it to be offered to him by LFC. The dream ticket for me therefore would be the talented but admittedly inexperienced Martinez downstairs, and Van Gaal overseeing matters from upstairs – not just running an experienced eye over transfer targets and the like, but possibly even ‘coaching the coach’ if the need should arise.

    • Intelligent man

      Any idea what a “senior role” is by the way? More to the point, what does a Director of football do exactly?

  • TRai

    Too many cooks in the kitchen.

  • red&white kop

    A sporting director??? Director of Football???? What?? Isn’t this the job that the Chairman used to do, remember John Moores, Peter Robinson & those before? Surely its the manager asking for the right type of player for him then the chairman saying Yes or No. (Thats my rant finished) Van Gaal will bring experience, I wouldn’t mind if he was brought in, would prefer him as Gaffer though.

    • Intelligent man

      Let me bring some intelligence into this as it is good to see you asking the right questions. Van Gall is not coming to LFC so lets put that one to bed first.
      What I like though is that you ask intelligent questions such as WHAT is a DOF and why do we need one? The simple answer is we don’t – because no one knows what it is. man utd don’t have one, they have a very simple system that works. The manager runs the show. He picks and chooses every single player that plays for his club and when he identifies WHO he wants, he just lets David Gill know and Gill agrees fees, wages etc. Fergie doesn’t need to worry about that sort of tosh.
      Liverpool FC needs to be run more intelligently.

      • allanda

        I beleive the point is that a DoF, in constrast to a Chairman, is explicitly defined by footballing obligations, not commercial fx. When a club doesnt have a brilliant, dictatorish coach for 25 years as ManU, which most clubs don’t, having a DoF is a factor that supplies stability to the philosofy of football in the club though changing managers. Most seem to think that stability, which is becoming increasingly rare in modern football, is the key ingredient to success in any sport club. This is, as I see it, the best argument for going for this setup. The ManU setup only functions because fergie rules there, which is also a huge risk to the club.

        • LiverpoolRed

          Except the stability thing goes out the window when the owners appoint a DOF on the advice of their ‘eminent’ advisers & then sack him about 18 months later because he didn’t deliver what they wanted after all. And when the owners going on the advice of those same eminent advisers presumably, fire the manager because he didn’t deliver a top 3 finish in the first season of attempting that goal.

          Now those same advisers are behind the footballing shake up at the club, the new DOF, and the scatter gun approach to recruiting a new manager.

          Also going by a statement Ayre’s made in the Echo last week, there seemed to be a hint that…..the DOF duties will be split between 3-4 men. So it seems we’ll have a small committee deciding on players and pursuing them. It remains to be seen how much input the manager will get into what players he ends up having to fit into his vision for the team.

  • MR GRUMPY

    BREAKING NEWS MARTINEZ OFFERED LIVERPOOL JOB ACCORDING TO WIGAN OWNER, YOU HEARD IT FROM GRUMPY FIRST

  • Tim Jones

    Since our owners have no intention of speaking to Rafa, aren’t the slightest bit interested in the “interest” Capello has publicaly expressed to the role, and have been knocked back by any half-decent foreign coach they have sought, Van Gaal sounds like the only satisfactory name being linked to the manager’s job and would be a far better appointment than either Martinez or Rodgers who, unlike Van Gaal, have no strong contacts with top-quality overseas players

    I quite like the idea of giving it to a mean and fairly unsympathetic character like the Dutchman, and the likes of Downing won’t be able to get away with putting in the sort of sub-standstandard performances they put in last season.

    More kick up the backside than arm around the shoulder – and we need it too

  • Tim Jones

    ‘Where KK utterly failed was his dealings with the media – that was
    abhorrent – he came across way too agressive and thus the media in turn
    presented him in a bad light’

    He certainly did but the media didn’t respond by painting him in a bad light at all

    I remember on Match of the Day whenever they touched on one of our string of embrassing losses in 2012 and all Hansen and Lawrenson did was defend Daglish – in stark contrast to the harsh things they said about the likes of AVB – whose record was actually better than Kenny’s

    And the press went pretty easy on him too – especially when compared to Rafa, whose Liverpool team was one of the most-feared in Europe and yey who got nothing but bigotted hatred from the right-wing press