A Liverpool fan has taken extreme measures to influence owner FSG’s choice of new manager – by appealing to US president Barack Obama to step in and help get Rafa Benitez appointed.
The bizarre plea was made over social networking website Twitter as a minority of Liverpool fans demanded input into the managerial decision.
The tongue-in-cheek Tweet read: “Any chance of a RT (retweet) to show your support for Rafa Benitez being given the Liverpool job?”
Ex-manager Rafa Benitez, who won a European Champions League trophy in his first season at the club, is a popular choice with some fans. However Portuguese Andre Villas Boas has been strongly linked with the role.
Other managers in the frame include Louis Van Gaal and ex-England manager Fabio Capello, while Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has been given permission to speak to the club.
The search for the manager – which has been going on for little over a week since Kenny Dalglish was sacked – has seen fan’s group Spirit of Shankly describe the club as being in ‘disarray’.
In a strongly-worded statement, the group has asked the owners to consult fans on the managerial changes and blasting the club’s decision to tweet a message to fans asking who they would like as the club’s new manager – a tweet that was subsequently explained as a conversation generator and not a plea for help.
The Spirit of Shankly statement said: “At a time when a clear message is needed, it is somewhat embarrassing for supporters and the football club to see Twitter messages on who supporters think should be the next manager.
“We ask that you speak with supporters – engage with a true representative cross section of supporters and work with supporters to provide solutions to our current problems.”
However, the group has faced a backlash from other fans, one of whom said: “Spirit of Shankley – the owners are looking for a new manager what do use want? Them to make public every move they make?
“Spirit of Shankly do not represent every Liverpool fan, f****** pipe down and let the owners to their job.”