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Liverpool FC: Stop That Bickering!


Ever wondered what a Saudi Prince likes to do in his spare time? Well, it’s not marriage counselling according to Prince Faisal’s aide Barry Didato.

According to Didato, the Saudi Royal could be set for a takeover bid of Liverpool football club but he still has concerns over the club’s debt and does not want to get involved in any dispute between co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

“His Highness’s shareholding could go from anything from nought to 100%,” Didato told BBC Sport.

“But he cannot be seen as a solution to the debt or problems in the existing relationship between the owners.”

“His Highness would not want to get involved in the [problems between the pair], he is not a marriage counsellor.”

The relationship between Hicks and Gillett is seemingly at breaking point, due to a very public fallout shortly after the pair took charge at Anfield. The situation is further complicated by the fact that each has a 50% share in the Premier League club but neither party can sell without the others approval.

Prince Faisal has only held talks with Gillett so far and Didato says that the duo have a “chemistry and shared vision”. However, any deal seems reliant on Gillett first reducing the debt at the club.

“The debt has to be at a manageable level before Prince Faisal would invest and the current level is high,” said Didato.

“He cannot be looked to as someone who is going to clean up the balance sheet – Gillett has to deal with this.”

Should Gillett and Prince Faisal enter into a partnership, that could spark trouble for Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, who was criticised by Gillett earlier in the week. In an interview with fans union Spirit of Shankly, the American said: “If it’s not getting better, it’s not Gillett and Hicks, it’s the manager, it’s the scouting.”

Benitez has had run-ins with the co-owners before and nearly lost his job in 2007, after a breakdown in communications led to Jurgen Klinsmann being approached about the managers position.

The Spaniard saw out that particular storm but any takeover involving Gillett may prove to be a double-edged sword for Benitez and his supporters.

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  1. CA_backpacker

    October 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I would be surprised if he would really join into any relationship with this dysfunctional pair of idiots. Liverpool’s only hope is Hicks and Gillette giving up their entire stake to…hell, anybody at this point with serious $$. Liverpool needs a new stadium built to pull in the kind of $$ it takes to keep pace with the rest of the Big 4, and it needs its debt load lessened. That is going to take at this point a very generous benefactor with deep pockets. But since I don’t see Hicks and Gillette going anywhere, and footy-passionate billionaire’s like Roman A. don’t grow on trees, I am not optimistic. Hicks and Gillette probably don’t even see the harm they are doing to the Reds…US Sports are full of totally clueless owners who drag their teams into comedy…Al Davis with the Raiders…Donald Sterling with the Clippers…

    • TF_LuvFooty!!

      October 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm

      From Management to Supporters.. Liverpool is a self destructive club. Chelsea, ManUtd, and Aresenal are run much better and it shows. Hicks and Gillette should not have been allowed to purchase the club in the first place.

      I say sell up to all the crazies like Spirit of Shankly and let the team get relegated…interested to see at that point who they blame for all of their failures! Zero Prem Titles.. repeat Zero!!

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