Liverpool No Better Than Newcastle!

Last updated : 15 January 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
We never saw the best of Rush, as he couldn't even get into Leeds United third team when Kenny Dalglish brought him to St James' Park at the end of his career.

But he has experienced the manager merry-go-round at Newcastle as Dalglish only lasted a year, and he fears the same could happen to Liverpool.

Rush blames American tycoons George Gillett and Tom Hicks of undermining the great traditions at Anfield.

Ian Rush: "Now people are going to say the club is a laughing stock.

"In many ways, you can understand that because this is not the way Liverpool normally do things.

"The tradition of the club - and the very thing that has made them so hugely respected throughout the world - is to do everything in-house, not out in the open like this.

"Look at Newcastle - we certainly don't want to get like that.

"That's just change for the sake of it. With Harry Redknapp turning them down, it's just going to drag on and on. That doesn't help anyone.

"Now we all know that in football these days there's only one winner - the owners.

"But admitting that Klinsmann was approached is poor timing and puts a lot more pressure on Rafa.

"It's not just upsetting for Rafa but for the players and the fans as well. Everything seemed to be dying down a bit but now it's all been blown up again."

1997/98 I.Rush 9/5 2
United tried to sign him when he was at Chester but Liverpool beat them to it. World class striker, but well past his sell-buy date when he came to Newcastle. Scored a vital FA Cup goal against Everton that broke Denis Law's FA Cup record. That was about his total output. Should have had him 15 years earlier.