Tom Hicks Opens Up On Rafa’s Signing
Written By: dunny|
Mar 19, 2009
Liverpool Co – Owner Tom Hicks has admitted that while he is over the moon about Rafa Benitez re – upping with the Reds for five more years, the Spaniard WILL NOT have total control over the Transfer kitty as has been earlier reported and the main stumbling block over the initial round of negotiations.
“Rafa has such a passion for Liverpool. I looked him in the eyes and I knew he’d sign,” he told Sky Sports.
Hicks pointed out that the board has backed Benitez in the past when he has wanted to bring players to the club and highlighted the capture of Martin Skrtel, Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano and Yossi Benayoun. “We even signed Robbie Keane,” he said. “But that didn’t work out.”
“I sat down with Rafa a couple of months ago and he made it very clear that he knows a manager can’t have control over transfer budget,” he said. “He has had his frustrations over the last five years and those are well chronicled but he will make the recommendations about which players we sign and the new CEO, the owners and the board will make the final financial commitment. And that is the way it needs to be.”
When explaining why the contract negotiations took so long Hicks said: “I’ve never been worried about whether he would sign because Rafa has such a passion for the club but these things are complicated and I’m relieved we got it done. Rafa knows he has to operate to a budget and that will be set every year on revenues and that will be improved when we move into the new stadium. He has a tremendous hunger and desire to bring more success to the club – success our fans and everyone connected with the club deserves.”
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