Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier’s job could be in jepardy if lifelong fan Steve Morgan succeeds in an attempt to buy into the club.
Morgan has offered to invest £73m into the club in a bid to prevent Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from buying 30% of the club. But he admits that he would expect changes at the club.
“Anyone can make mistakes, but we just seem to have made a hell of a lot of them,” Morgan said, in a veiled reference to Houllier’s record at the club.
Morgan aims to raise £61m through a rights issue and £12m through a share issue. But it his his criticism of Houllier which will attract the headlines.
“The manager has managed the club for the last six years and had some very good successes, but every supporter will be disappointed with this season,’ he said at a news conferennce.
“We are closer to the bottom than the top in terms of points and that has got to change.”
“The manager’s track record for signings over the last few seasons has not been good, but equally he has made some good signings.
“I’m not going to name names, but we all know who these players are. There are certainly some I would like to see the back of.”
Meanwhile, news of Morgan’s desire to buy into the club, appears to have cooled the interest of Thai Prmie Minister, who until yesterday, appeared set to buy a 30% stake.
“Somebody may want to bid higher and expect us to raise the ante,’ Thaksin said. ‘We will not do that.
“If we can get it, good. If not, never mind. We have to consider what is a suitable price and we will not offer a higher bid.
“It depends on whether (Liverpool) want to be our partner or not. We still have a 50-50 chance.”