Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Liverpool fans aim anger at owners

Tom Hicks

Liverpool fans gathered at Anfield last night to protest against owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.





The Americans, who bought the Reds in 2007, recently announced their intention to sell the club, which is currently £351million in debt.

The news that the club have parted company with manager Rafael Benitez sparked the impromptu protest.

Performances did turn many supporters against the Spaniard, but his backers preferred to train their dissatisfaction on Hicks and Gillett.

James McKenna, spokesman for the Spirit of Shankly fans group, said: “This has not been arranged by Spirit of Shankly, but fans have just started turning up.

“It is not necessarily about the manager, but about how Tom Hicks and George Gillett are continuing to run this football club — they are running it into the ground.

“People have seen the lies and the broken promises from Hicks and Gillett about the new stadium.

“They always said they would back the manager. He has asked for a transfer budget but that cannot be provided.

“Rafa is a world-class manager and he will probably go on to bigger and better things.”