reply to post by Freeborn
I on the other hand know lots of Liverpool fans who want Rafa to stay for at least one more season.
If the owners had backed up their promises with actions we would not be where we are now - it really is as simple as that.
People need to understand the background behind the situation before making a judgement, and I know for a fact that many so called "fans" haven't
got a clue what has been going on.
After istanbul, so many people jumped on the bandwagon, and all they care about is glory - they don't care that one of the best managers of his
generation has been operating on a shoestring for 3 years.
Let's not forget, we now have a budget that would shame a championship side, and until that changes, or Benitez works yet another miracle we'll be
stuck in the Europa league, or just challenging for 4th spot.
In the last three years, Benitez hasn't even been able to spend the money made from the champions league.
In: £2m Josemi; £1.5m Nunez; £10.7m Alonso; £6m Luis Garcia; £6.3m Morientes; £1m Carson; Free Pelligrino.
Oot: £2.5m Murphy; £8.5m Owen; Free Babbel, Henchoz.
Net spend: £16.5m.
Won: Champions League. Premier League: 5th
In: £240,000 Barragan; £6m Reina; £5.6m Sissoko; £7m Crouch; £150,000 Hobbs; £190,000 Idriza; £1.5m Gonzalez; £5.8m Agger; £250,000 Martin;
Free Zenden, Fowler; Exchange Anderson for Welsh, Kromkamp for Josemi; Unknown Miki Roque.
Out: £3.5m Diouf; £2m Alou Diarra; £2m Nunez; £6.5m Baros; Free Smicer, Pellegrino; Exchange Welsh for Anderson, Josemi for Kromkamp.
Net spend: £12.73m.
Won: FA Cup. Premier League: 3rd
In: £6m Bellamy; £2m Palletta; £6.7m Pennant; £9m Kuyt; £200,000 El Zhar; £750,000 Ajdarevic; £2.5m Arbeloa; Free Fabio Aurelio; Loan
Mascherano, Padelli; Undisclosed Brouwer.
Out: £200,000 Whitbread; £3m Morientes; £675,000 Barragan; £2m Traoré; £500,000 Mellor; £1.75m Kromkamp; £525,000 Potter; £1.5m Warnock; Free
Hamann, Diao. Undisclosed Cheyrou.
Net spend: £17m.
Premier League: 3rd. Champions League: losing finalists.
In: £5m Lucas; £270,000 Jose Dominguez; £1.8m Leto; £20.2m Torres; £5m Benayoun; £11.5m Babel; £1.3m Insua; £6.5m Skrtel; £18.6m Mascherano;
Free Voronin; Undisclosed Nemeth, Itandje.
Out: £2.7m Sinama-Pongolle; £100,000 O’Donnell; £4m Luis Garcia; £6m Cissé; £7.5m Bellamy; £3.5m Gonzalez; £1.2m Palletta; £3.5m Kirkland;
£8.2m Sissoko; Free Dudek, Fowler.
Net spend: £34m.
Premier League: 4th
In: £7m Dossena; £3.5m Cavalieri; £1.5m N’gog; £19m Keane; £8m Riera; Free Degen.
Out: £4m Riise; £11m Crouch; £2.25m Guthrie; £3.25m Carson; £16m Keane; Free Kewell; Undisclosed Le Tallec, Finnan, Hobbs.
Net spend: £2.5m.
Premier League: 2nd
In: £17.5m (7,5 owed for crouch) Johnson; £8m (so far) Aquilani; £2m Kyrgiakos; £160,000 Ayala; £1.5m Maxi Rodriguez.
Out: £250,000 Anderson; £3m Leto; £3.5m Arbeloa; £30m Alonso; £4.4m Dossena; £1.5m Voronin; Free Pennant, Miki Roque.
Net spend: –£13.49m
Net spend: £69.24m
We can average it out and say that benitez has spent a net of 11.5 mil per season, but I think it's easier to look at the last two years and ask why
the money hasn't been put back into the team from player sales.
Now ask yourself if mourinho or any other top manager would work under those conditions, except one who is already here and has a profound love for
the club and the city.
It doesn't look to me like he's lost the dressing room either (more media bull) it looks like his best players have either been injured or only half
fit for the better part of the season.
[edit on 5/5/2010 by budski]