The story in this morning’s Daily Mirror that claimed Liverpool had been talking to Fabio Capello about the manager’s job at Anfield have been firmly denied by the club.
The Mirror reported that Capello had in their words been “tapped up” on two occasions by the Reds, but their story was not backed up with quotes. It read: “Fabio Capello has been ‘tapped up’ twice by Liverpool as Rafa Benitez battles to stay in command at Anfield. Capello claims he was contacted before and after last week’s Champions League win over Porto as boss Benitez’s relationship with owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks reached crisis point.”
The story went on to talk about the England job, and how some members of the FA would prefer Capello to Mourinho, also linked with the Liverpool job in recent weeks.
However Rick Parry has now been quoted in the Liverpool Echo and elsewhere on this subject. They say Parry described the Capello speculation as “absolutely, completely and utterly untrue. Capello has not contacted us and we have not contacted him.” Tony Barratt of the Echo described Parry as “perplexed” at the story.
It wasn’t just Parry issuing denials – LFC’s Head of Press Ian Cotton also spoke through the official LFC website: “This story is complete nonsense.”
It’s unfortunate that a denial of the “Rafa to be sacked” stories has still to be issued, and until one is issued we have to assume that Rafa’s job is indeed on the line. A massive show of support for the boss might have helped Rafa’s cause, along with his recent stance of trying not to discuss the issue in public, but without a denial from the club the questions will remain, and whenever Liverpool next lose a game there is likely to be fresh speculation.
Liverpool have been quick to deny various stories in the paper recently, quite uncharacteristically. Stories denied included alleged fall-outs between the owners and Tom Hicks reportedly selling his shares in the club, not to mention Hicks warning Rafa publicly to get on with his job. However Hicks does seem to have softened – in public at least – recently so fans are hopeful that a resolution has been reached, or will soon be reached. Rafa sat between Parry and Foster Gillett at the reserves game with Everton last night in Warrington.