Tom Hicks Junior's departure from Liverpool FC board is no great loss

By Tommy Smith on Jan 13, 10 07:59 AM in Columnists

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THE Tom Hicks Junior episode has led to Liverpool Football Club once again airing its dirty linen in public.

He was only on the board of directors by virtue of his father owning half the club, and I don't think his standing down will make any difference.

Quite simply, it wasn't a good idea for someone in his position to behave as he did.


Perhaps he should have read more about the history of the club first.

Until recent years, Liverpool FC has always tried to conduct its business privately.

All he had to do was restrain himself. You don't run a football club and start having a go at your fans. You might not always agree with them but rule number one is you keep your mouth shut and get on with the job.

That job is trying to control Liverpool FC ie: ensuring there is money available to bring in good players and allow the team to keep up with your Manchester Uniteds, Chelseas and whoever to keep challenging for top honours.

Basically, the owners haven't been doing very well.

The Americans are here to make money. That's all they're interested in, nothing else. I've said that from day one.

Football is going the way of most businesses now, where it's all about making as much profit as possible.

Logic says that the more trophies Liverpool win, the more money the club will make.

But the business has to be run properly for that to happen. It might help if the owners put some money into it.

As long as they can make something back on the club, they'll sell it.

It's obvious they're waiting for the club's value to peak and the highest bid to be tabled, then they'll cash in.

The concern is how much damage is done in the meantime.

No room for complacency against Reading

A GOOD FA Cup run can resurrect Liverpool's season.

The Premier League title is looking doubtful now, so the FA Cup and Europa League may be the only realistic options left open to us.

Reading come to Anfield tonight for the third round replay. This will be another cup final for them.

They will put that little bit of extra effort in and Liverpool have to do the same.

We have to go out with the same attitude as Reading and fight them off the pitch.

You can't afford complacency in these games against lower league sides.

Just ask Manchester United who went out to Leeds at Old Trafford.

I remember coming up against lower league sides in the FA Cup and it was never easy.

In 1965, the first year we won the FA Cup, it took a replay against Stockport County at Edgeley Park for us to reach the fifth round.

Bill Shankly wasn't even at the first game which we drew 1-1 at Anfield - he was that confident we'd win the cup-tie.

He didn't miss another game after that!

Liverpool have to make sure they put as much energy into tonight's game as Reading do.

We've got to attack them from the first minute and put them under pressure to make sure they don't get on top of us.

* I'M not sure where or how Liverpool have trained in recent weeks. In 1963 we had terrible weather that ruled Melwood out for a time. Bill Shankly was very much of the belief that if we played in it, we could play in it so arranged for us to train on tennis courts at a local school!

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