Capello story refuted, still no denial of Rafa sack claims

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.

3 thoughts on “Capello story refuted, still no denial of Rafa sack claims”

  1. Usually there is something in stories like this, so these yanks had better watch their step. The more I think about this the more I firmly believe that :

    a) the owners know nothing about football.

    and

    b) there will be riots, boycotts, desertions you name it if they decide to do a really stupid thing and replace Rafa.

    YNWA Rafa

  2. Whilst it is completely possible that the story of Capello replacing Rafa is a fake, it is also possible that the story is true. THERE IS STILL NO STATEMENT THAT RAFA WILL STAY OR THAT THE YANKS WERE WRONG IN THEIR ASSESSMENT.
    As for Parry, regretfully, if he said it was raining I would have to go outside to verify it, he looks very much a yes man and he may never live that down.
    IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF SOCCER WINS OR BIG BUSINESS WINS, IF BUSINESS WINS THEN I MAY AT 73 YEARS GIVE UP FOLLOWING LFC AFTER 65 YEARS OF SUPPORTING THEM OF WHICH 40 WAS WHILSTLIVING IN THE UK. Business men who only want yes men are not big business men, they are simply ego maniacs with money.

  3. I really hope that the whole story is just a riot, because if the americans will sack Rafa, they will sign their condemnation to death at Anfield. It would be the bigest error in the club history. Look at Arsenal, they didn’t succeded anything in the last 3 years, only a Cl Final, but nobody talks about sacking Wenger. I trully believe theres a great conspiracy to put away Benitez, even the media has his part. When MU wins, Ferguson is the God, when Liverpool wins… the oponent was poor. But don’t worry… in 10 days, we’ll show who’s the best!!! And nobody can replace Rafa, because he’s the architect of this team! So, if mr. Hicks (right now with a “H”, but if he’ll do anything against the club, then with a “h”) still considers to end Rafa’s mission, then he better starts to pray, because the suporters bless will go after him! And after that, he’ll walk alone…

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