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WELL RED WELL RED IT GOES without saying that these are testing times to be a Liverpool fan.
Editor: Gareth Roberts e: firstname.lastname@example.org Write to: Well Red Publishing Ltd
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The season just gone was a total car crash – 19 defeats, bad luck with injuries, some kind of unwritten rule that we couldn’t be awarded a penalty and just when we thought the UEFA Cup would come to our rescue, up popped that Manc, Sally Gunnell. You couldn’t make it up.
So we limped into seventh (at least we finished above the Bitters) and as soon as the final whistle sounded at Hull, the fingers started pointing.
Meanwhile, the club is wrapped up in more politics than the general election and the hated owners show no sign of shifting. We might be up for sale but no-one’s buying at £800million. We’ve got a manager and a board member warring via the media, we’ve got a Chelsea fan as a chairman and while the World Cup is a welcome distraction, we face the prospect of an even worse season next year. Whoever is the manager come the first game of the season will struggle to match the expectations of many of our supporters. Without big money, Liverpool will not be challenging for the title anytime soon.
In fact, with growing debts, a continuing need to balance the books and the emergence of sides with greater resources like Man City, Tottenham and Aston Villa, the Reds have got a fight on their hands to stand still, never mind go forward.
Yes, there’s decent players at the club – the backbone of the first eleven is still excellent.
But how long are they going to stick around to firefight surrounded by players that wouldn’t get near any of the other Big Four sides?
The club is heading for decline under the ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
As Liverpool fans we need to come together. We need to put our differences aside and fight for what is a common cause – the removal of the owners.
The latest accounts from the club make for a grim read and don’t forget that they reflect a year when we finished second and had a run in the Champions League.
God knows what next year’s
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figures will look like but it’s a safe bet they will be worse.
This issue’s 14-page ‘They Are Bleeding Us Dry’ feature is a depressing read about the situation at the club.
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But it’s a true reflection of where we are – up shit creek without a paddle.
It’s going to be a long summer – and it could be an even longer season come August...
Tom and George – get out of our club. YNWA. Gareth Roberts, Editor
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IN ISSUE TWO...
ROY EVANS: Exclusive interview with the former boss.
BLEEDING US DRY: Special report on the state of our club.
DEBATE: Is Lucas good enough?
INTERVIEW: George Sephton.
ROME 1977: Part two of Dave Kirby’s epic Euro journey.
DEBATE: Anfield – stay, go or share?
HILLSBOROUGH: The story of the off-duty doctor who helped to save lives.
INTERVIEW: Ian Callaghan.
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