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Rafa Rejects New Contract!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: January 16, 2009, 11:40:32 AM »
From the Skysports website


Rafa Benitez has turned down the new contract offered to him by Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The Spaniard, who has been at the helm of the Anfield outfit since June 2004, has been considering the deal proposed to him by club owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Benitez confirmed last week that an agreement had been reached over the length of his contract and the salary.

But a stumbling block has emerged with the former Valencia boss unwilling to answer to the club's chief executive - a role currently held by Rick Parry - in relation to on-field matters.

Benitez told the Liverpool Echo: "The owners feel that the manager's decisions need to be subject to the chief executive.

"But I know that I am subject to results and to our fans and they are the best judges I will ever have."

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Re: Rafa Rejects New Contract!!!!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2009, 11:42:37 AM »
What surprises me is why the owners want Rafa to answer to Parry! Especially when jabba the hut tried to force Parry out! Seems very strange

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2009, 12:53:10 PM »
From the Echo:

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-fc/liverpool-fc-news/2009/01/16/no-deal-stunner-as-rafa-benitez-rejects-anfield-contract-offer-liverpool-fc-latest-100252-22708319/

Taken from the above:

“I have a lot of experience in football at different clubs and if you do not have a technical director and you are the manager you have to have control of the football decisions. But always within the confines of a budget which is controlled by the owners and the club.

“In this scenario the manager knows the amount money he has available to him and can decide how much he should spend on each player according to the needs of the team.

“The only person who can decide the value of a player to his squad is the manager because he knows what elements are needed to improve the squad.”


So Rafa clearly spells out his views. I don't see which part of the above needs to be controlled by a CEO.

Hicks is powerless to get rid of Parry if Gillett doesn't concur and would also be unable to alter the remit of Parry's duties to allow Rafa to manage the way he wants to and have responsibility for the areas of the football side he wishes to have.
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Re: Rafa Rejects New Contract!!!!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2009, 01:06:50 PM »
Alan Kennedy has come out in support of Rafa:

http://www.setanta.com//uk/Articles/Football/2009/1/16/Prem-Kennedy-SSN-on-Benitez/gnid-35715/


I would now like to see all the legends come out and demand the same.
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Re: Rafa Rejects New Contract!!!!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2009, 01:54:34 PM »
I agree with Kennedy. Give Rafa the final say on ALL football matters. Throughout the history of football, the clubs that have won things and dominated are clubs with a manager in complete control of footballing matters.

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2009, 02:55:50 PM »
What surprises me is why the owners want Rafa to answer to Parry! Especially when jabba the hut tried to force Parry out! Seems very strange


What Tom Hicks said about Parry:

From Times OnlineApril 17, 2008

Tom Hicks has launched another blistering attack on Rick Parry by deriding the Liverpool chief executive's tenure as a "disaster" and reiterating demands for his resignation.

The Anfield co-owner, whose relationship with his business partner, George Gillett Jr, has disintegrated over recent months, claims Parry has taken the club backwards.

"Look at what's happened under Rick. It has been a disaster," Hicks said. "We have fallen so far behind the other leading clubs.

"We should have the stadium built by now. We have a few major sponsors when we should have 15.

"We have still got the top brand in the world of football but that's no good if you don't know how to commercialise it.

"Rick needs to resign from Liverpool FC. He has put his heart into it but it is time for a change.

"You have to be able to work with the manager and Rick has proved he can't do that."



http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/liverpool/article3762685.ece
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2009, 02:58:20 PM »
Hicks on Rafa's contract rejection:

Liverpool co-chairman Tom Hicks gave an interview to Sky Sports News earlier today - here's what he had to say in full. 
Journalist: What is your reaction to news that Rafa Benitez has rejected his contract offer?
 
Hicks: As Rafa says, we have a strong working relationship and we're united behind the team. We understand Rafa's frustrations and we're committed to working with him and his advisors to find a solution here. We'll keep talking. I'm coming over for the Chelsea match and we'd already planned to get together on the 30th and 31st to talk over a number of issues. We'll clear up anything that's been talked about here and now we want to keep our focus on the pitch - we've got the derby coming up.
 
Journalist: Do you understand where he's coming from with regards to control over transfers?
 
Hicks: Well, Rafa's been frustrated for a long time now about the length of time it takes for certain things to happen, and I think he's just trying to, you know, position himself to be able to do his job better. There are balances that need to be achieved in English football and we'll work through these things.
 
Journalist: He's said in the past that he's been frustrated with the time things take - does he have a point there?
 
Hicks: Well, sure he does - but we can fix that, and we will.
 
Journalist: Are the problems highlighted today fixable?
 
Hicks: I'm absolutely comfortable in saying Rafa loves Liverpool and will be the manager.
 
Journalist: How do you move on from this. You say you have a meeting at the end of the month - is that where these things will be thrashed out?
 
Hicks: George and I will be working with the lawyers to get this resolved. I am just not worried about it at all.
 
Journalist: How will this affect things on the pitch, because you've said in the past that you're happy with how things are going on the pitch? Liverpool are going well, aren't they? Will this affect that?
 
Hicks: Oh, I hope not. That's why Rafa's advisors have wanted to slow things down and try to take attention away from this. They want to stay focused on the pitch.
 
Journalist: So in terms of your relationship with Rafa, and George's, how does that stand at the moment?
 
Hicks: You know, I have had a great relationship with Rafa in this past year. We talk often and e-mail even more often. I have had a lot of fun watching him doing a great job this year and we've got a great relationship.
 
Journalist: So to reiterate, do you feel as though the problems with the contract negotiations can be worked out?
 
Hicks: I do - I certainly do. There are certainly no issues between Rafa and the owners in any way. There are issues he wants to work out to make things better for the club.
 
Journalist: And as far as the season is going - how pleased are you?
 
Hicks: Well, you can't complain at being first. We'd have liked a couple more points last weekend but we've now got to worry about Everton on Monday.
 
Journalist: What's your message to any Liverpool fans out there?
 
Hicks: They should relax - Rafa is going to be manager of Liverpool for the next five years and we'll work through these little lawyer issues. 


http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drilldown/N162870090116-1416.htm
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Re: Rafa Rejects New Contract!!!!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2009, 08:04:52 PM »
no doubt we will see Chris Bascombe focus on Rafa's new contract in tomorrow's News of the World, if there is any issue.

I suspect it is mere newspaper speculation re any serious issues.

Rafa will be at Liverpool for years to come  imho.

And anyroads, why would anyone want to manage Real Madrid.  You'd have more job security at Woolworths.
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Re: Rafa Rejects New Contract!!!!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2009, 12:07:56 PM »
From Skysports.com

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has rubbished accusations that he rejected a new contract at Anfield because of a sour relationship with chief executive Rick Parry.

The Spaniard, who has 18 months remaining on his current agreement, turned down a new deal on Friday because he was not satisfied with terms regarding transfer activity.

It is understood that the fresh offer from American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks stated that Benitez was to be answerable to Parry regarding new recruits.

And when the former Valencia manager failed to sign the bond after two months of discussions, speculation suggested that there was an unstable working relationship with Parry.

But Benitez has rubbished the reports, stating in the News of the World: "I don't want 100 per cent control.

"I just want to work with the budget I have. I have no problem with Rick or any other chief executive.

"This is about how I can manage the club in the best way for the future. If you have £20million, you can spend £5m on four players or £20m on one player. Who knows the right value? The manager.

"If I have one chief executive or 20 chief executives, it's not the point. The manager must decide how the money is spent."

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Re: Rafa Rejects New Contract!!!!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2009, 12:14:14 PM »
I think this has stemmed from the Garath Barry saga. Reading between the lines it sounds like Rafa wants reassurances that if he wants a player and the money is there, he's not going to be over ruled based on Parrys valuation.

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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2009, 03:00:25 PM »
no doubt we will see Chris Bascombe focus on Rafa's new contract in tomorrow's News of the World, if there is any issue.

I suspect it is mere newspaper speculation re any serious issues.

Rafa will be at Liverpool for years to come  imho.

And anyroads, why would anyone want to manage Real Madrid.  You'd have more job security at Woolworths.


Dude, your crystal ball is spot on:


Liverpool boss vows to carry on - IF demands are met
 
By CHRIS BASCOMBE, 17/01/2009

RAFA BENITEZ has vowed not to walk away from Anfield — IF Liverpool’s owners back down on his contract demands.

The Kop boss says he will revive talks with Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. But he has warned there will be no compromise on his request for the final say on how to spend the club’s transfer budget.


Benitez said: “We will see what happens when Tom Hicks comes next month. Maybe we will talk again in the future. When the owners offered me a contract I said we needed to do it quickly as I wanted no distractions.


“We have been talking for two months and they know my idea. If we can’t progress, we finish the conversations.


“We were close. I have no problem talking with them and anyone else at the club. The phone still works both ways, but I will try to concentrate on the football.



Rafa Benitez on Liverpool v Everton

“I’m linked with a lot of teams but I guarantee I’m focused on winning trophies for Liverpool. I want to stay at Liverpool for a long time. I’m signing young players because I’m thinking about the future. I’ve told the owners what I want and that’s it.”



HEAD TO HEAD - chief executive Rick Parry (left) and Rafa Benitez
Benitez insists a personality clash with chief executive Rick Parry is not the problem.


He added: “I don’t have a bad relationship with the owners and my relationship with Rick is good. I don’t want 100 per cent control, I just want to work with the budget I have. I have no personal problem with Rick or any other chief executive.

“This is about how I can manage the club in the best way for the future. If you have £20m, you can spend £5m on four players or £20m on one player. Who knows the right value? The manager.

Vigour

“If I have one chief executive or 20 chief executives, it’s not the point. The manager must decide how the money is spent.”


Benitez’s unrest stems from the Gareth Barry saga last year, when the club refused to splash £18m for the Villa man. The Spanish boss was keen to press ahead but Reds chiefs committed £20m on another target, Robbie Keane.


Benitez believes Barry was not pursued by Parry with the same vigour as Keane, a charge furiously denied by Liverpool.


The club agreed not to buy Barry and sell Xabi Alonso at a loss. When Peter Crouch was sold but Alonso’s move to Juventus broke down, the Liverpool board called off talks for Barry and bought Keane.


Benitez argues this is a decision he alone should have taken. On the day the Keane deal went through, the manager even made a last-ditch effort to block it until after Barry was signed.

Better

Liverpool’s player of the year Alonso could have spent most of the season on the bench or joined Arsenal on the cheap.


But Benitez said: “Xabi is playing better this season but can you guarantee Gareth wouldn’t have been good for us? I signed Xabi, play him nearly every week and didn’t sell him. I know how the players feel.”


If Benitez gets his way, Parry’s position will become untenable. Benitez hopes an alliance with Hicks will tip the balance his way, with Hicks eyeing a fresh bid to buy-out Gillett and take full control.


But Sport of the World can reveal Benitez’s stance is risking dressing-room unrest, with many stars furious at the timing of the latest feud.


The players want contract talks to be delayed until the end of the season so the focus is on their title challenge. Claims of a mass exodus if Benitez leaves have been angrily dismissed by the majority of players.


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