The management team of Liverpool Football Club and Athletics Ground Limited have made the following announcement about their sacking of manager Rafael Benitez.
As is always the case in these situations, the company agreed with lawyers to term their sacking of the manager as him leaving “by mutual consent”. Having fallen deeper and deeper into debt, the company had got to a stage where they were no longer even in a position to guarantee that money coming in from sales could stay as part of the transfer budget.
Although there were many reasons to be disappointed with the performance of Rafael Benitez last season, he was not sacked for footballing reasons. The presence of Kenny Dalglish as Christian Purslow’s search partner should not be seen as a sign that the club is in the right hands. For Kenny Dalglish not to have seen the efforts over a period of 12 months by Purslow to undermine the manager is a worrying sign of how convincing Christian Purslow can actually be.
Rest assured that the final decision on the replacement for the manager will be taken by Christian Purslow, and he will not be looking for someone who will dare speak out against him again.
For what it’s worth, the statement issued via lawyers and the official LFC company website follows:
Liverpool FC Statement
Liverpool FC today confirmed that Rafael Benitez is to leave the club by mutual consent.
Mr Benitez relinquishes his position as team manager after six years and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their grateful thanks for his services and wish him all the best in his future career.
The Board has now asked Managing Director Christian Purslow, with the assistance of Club Ambassador Kenny Dalglish, to begin a formal search to identify and assess potential candidates for the managerial position.
No timescale has been placed on the process and Liverpool FC will make no further statement until a new manager is appointed.
LFC Chairman Martin Broughton said: “Rafa will forever be part of Liverpool folklore after bringing home the Champions League following the epic final in Istanbul but after a disappointing season both parties felt a fresh start would be best for all concerned.”
Rafael Benitez said: “It is very sad for me to announce that I will no longer be manager of Liverpool FC. I would like to thank all of the staff and players for their efforts.
“I’ll always keep in my heart the good times I’ve had here, the strong and loyal support of the fans in the tough times and the love from Liverpool. I have no words to thank you enough for all these years and I am very proud to say that I was your manager.
“Thank you so much once more and always remember: You’ll never walk alone.”