Date: 14th January 2010 at 8:45am
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My initial reaction following last nights loss to Reading was that we must get rid of Rafa as soon as possible and that Liverpool needs a total ‘reboot’, something similar to CTRL+ALT+DEL. “Get him out now” was my thought. But again I look at the work that’s gone into reshaping the football side of Liverpool and I think we are on the right track. The academy is better, the scouting is better, the first team is better (on paper), the value of the club is better. That is a solid foundation for a long term dynasty of Liverpool success. It’s a lot more like the Liverpool of old that had the best structure in the league and the best young players in the league, the best run business in the league. Those are the things that got lost since Dalglish was manager and only now are they coming back. That project is what will make us a force again.

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Man Utd. allowed Fergie to do the same when he came in during the 80’s. They built the best ground in the league, the best academy, the best training facility, the best business model. During that time they avoided relegation on the last day of the season on one occasion. But all that effort in setting themselves up properly has really paid off big time. They rode out the tough times and came out the better for it. One thing they did which we haven’t set about doing is buying great players. Man Utd. spent huge during those days. They broke transfer records at will.

I can’t remember the last time Liverpool actually had an all encompassing plan for the football Organization (not just the game plan). Under Souness the plan was “We’ll win coz we are Liverpool”. Under Evans it was “We’ll win coz I’m from the bootroom”. Under Houllier it was “We’ll win if we sign a lot of French guys”. There was no mention of managing the brand. No mention of maximising sponsorship earnings. No mention or physical plans for a truly world class stadium. These are the ingredients Man Utd. put together to end up where they are today. But we were stuck in the past thinking we are football royalty.

Only now are we actually thinking about Liverpool as an organization and not just a football club. This is not a social footy squad that just lands on match day to play!

I think we need to persist with the plan we have started. It looks good to me. I think the owners must support the plan with big money so that we can be competitive. We need to shake our season awake. A major world class signing would be the perfect boost for the whole team. Confidence is the only thing missing right now. The potential is definitely there.

We must hold our nerve people, ride out the storm. We’ll come out better for it on the other side.



8 responses to “Why sacking Rafa is not the best thing to do”

  1. SC says:

    While their current displays inspire no confidence in me whatsoever, I agree that sacking Rafa will only send us further downhill. Now is not the time, it won’t solve anything. All I want is fourth place now.

  2. Kava says:

    The way things are going 4th place is not going to happen. This season has been about one disappointment after the other and doesnt look to end anytime soon.

    Sacking Rafa could be what the team needs right now actually coz think about how teams suddenly play better with the same personnel when a new coach comes in. Why does this happen? Coz the new manager comes in with new ideas, training methods and different ways of motivating the players. Look at Citeh, Pompey and even Reading this season.

    Theres nothing worse than when players have made up their minds that they dont believe in you anymore and that seems to be the case with Rafa. The boys aren’t willing to give up their lives for the manager the way Chelsea did for Maureenyoh and all the teams Harry Redknapps teams.

    So I dont think sacking Rafa will send us further down, it might be the kick up the ass that the team needs.

  3. Kopite_1892 says:

    “At the end of the storm is a golden sky and the sweet silver song of the lark”

    In other words – We agree


  4. sonday08 says:

    FINALLY, an educated article!

    Thanks for a refreshing and educated opinion on the state of our beautiful club. I was beginning to bounce off walls with frustration because of some of the nonsense I’ve been reading

    I hope Rafa stays for many more seasons to come.


  5. 33red says:

    The thing started 3 years ago , no one cares because we won cl and fa . No one know what in his mind ,good thing if he got kind of ideas ,but if his ideas not working he should go back to the basic .He didn’t ! How much spent in this five long years ? How many players been bought and sold ?
    If he keep his mouth shut and do his job is ok for me ,but now he start to put the blame on other . He is not fit to manage the club .We are in worst situation now ! Kick him out Now or we be facing the same problem in the future !!!

  6. I say judge Rafa at the end of the season. And thanks for the good uplifting read, Moko! Much appreciated.

    • 33red says:

      End of the season ? The club need not to pay 20m pound in end of the season ? The club fall after he sign a new contract ! You have any idea what in his mind ? I will see him winning some champions for Rxxx Mxxxxx in near corner !Wake up guys !

  7. 33red says:

    The stupid thing happen again ! We should had 3 point , but again corner kick ! Do he know you need to have players to guard near and far post ? How many times opponents scored easy goals from that ? His stupids ideas doesn’t work ! FIRE HIM OR THE CLUB WILL FINISH !