Tom Hicks Jr makes himself even more unpopular!

If you’d have asked me last week what the Hicks family could do to be more unpopular with Liverpool fans the only thing I’d have thought of was to be photographed with Man United tattoos on their arses, wearing a Chelsea top whilst announcing the plans to a shared stadium with Everton. Yet they’ve managed it.

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Tom Hicks Jr. has been accused of sending an abusive email to a Liverpool fan that had contacted him seeking a response to an article about Rafa Benitez having to sell players but not being able to spend the money raised.

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Hicks Jr. is alleged to have called the fan in question, Spirit of Shankly member Stephen Horner, an “idiot” in one reply and sending another email a few minutes later saying “Blow me f**kface. Go to Hell, I’m sick of you”.
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This is the text of the email exchange (I’ve removed Hicks’ email address).

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Thomas Hicks Jr.
To: XXXXXX
Sent: Sat, 9 January, 2010 9:30:18
Subject: Re: Rafa Benitez should not have to manage Liverpool FC's debt

Idiot

----- Original Message -----
From: XXXXXX
To: George Gillett Thomas O. Hicks; Thomas Hicks Jr.
Sent: Sat Jan 09 03:12:02 2010
Subject: Rafa Benitez should not have to manage Liverpool FC's debt

"While Liverpool are crying out for investment in their playing staff, had they cashed in on Babel, Benitez’s best hopes of spending a figure in excess of £9m this month would be to invest in a lottery ticket and hope all six numbers come up.

In the others words, the money would have been swallowed up to help finance the £240m debt the club is trying to manage; club insiders insist that is not the case and the deficit is manageable but critics of Tom Hicks and George Gillett will beg to differ.

it will be hard to escape the feeling that Liverpool’s main aim for the next few years will be debt reduction rather than trophy gathering.

Something desperately needs to change; while many see a new stadium or a redeveloped Anfield being key to transforming Liverpool’s financial fortunes, isn’t there a case to be made for investing in the one facet that should always take priority – the team?

Just say the Reds miss out on qualifying for the Champions League this season and, heaven forbid, some of the star players are sold to make up the shortfall in revenue they would normally receive from rubbing shoulders with the best in Europe.

Slowly but surely, Liverpool would find it harder and harder to keep pace with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs, to the point where European football might slip off the landscape completely."

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Thomas Hicks Jr. To: XXXXXXX
Cc: ian.ayre@liverpoolfc.tv; Philip.Nash@liverpoolfc.tv
Sent: Sat, 9 January, 2010 9:39:45
Subject: Re: Rafa Benitez should not have to manage Liverpool FC's debt

Blow me f**k face. Go to hell. I'm sick of you.

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Thomas Hicks Jr.
To: XXXXXXXX
Sent: Sat, 9 January, 2010 20:57:08
Subject:

Stephen,
I apologize for losing my temper and using bad language with you. It was a kneejerk reaction.
Tommy

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Hicks Jr. has apologised to Horner, describing his email as “a kneejerk reaction” but Spirit of Shankly have issued a statement calling on the Liverpool director "to recognise his shortcomings, not only as an individual, but more importantly as a 'custodian' of the club, and to do what any honourable person would do and to resign".>>
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I’ve got to be honest, when I first read about this I found it quite funny. Not so much what he said, but that a grown man, and a professional man to boot can respond in such a childish manner and using the language of a 12-year-old.
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Hicks Jr is said to be “mortified” and believes that his apology draws a line under the matter but I think he has to go. He is in a position of authority at Liverpool and as such, cannot address a fan in such a crude way, no matter how stressed/pissed off he is. I’m not all that sure exactly what Hicks Jr brings to the table anyway, besides being the bosses son so I’m not sure if his resigning would make any real difference to the everyday running of the club, and maybe his seat on the board could be used to leverage some investment into the club.
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In Hicks defence, I would say that he probably receives abusive emails all the time with some fans going way too far with their protests, with Hicks Jr being spat on by one fool and remember some imbeciles masquerading as LFC fans once threatened George Gillett’s family, and Hicks Jr. and his father have taken the blame, unfairly in my opinion, for pretty much everything that has gone wrong during their tenure. This latest email may have been the straw that broke the camels back and he, wrongly, lashed out. It is in his favour that he has apologised though.
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LFC have yet to make an official comment but are said to be investigating the matter, with Ian Ayres and Philip Nash, the clubs Commercial and Financial directors having been apparently copied into the reply, something that the club deny.
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On the positive side, Liverpool dramatically improved their squad this weekend by getting rid of Andrea Dossena and Andriy Voronin, with Napoli and Dynamo Moscow the clubs unlucky enough to have lumbered themselves with them.
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The money raised these player sales, (yes somebody actually paid for them!) is not going to be made available for player acquisitions. Liverpool have said on several occasions that debt consolidation is the main priority for LFC this season. With work on the new stadium hopefully starting in a few months, transfer money will be affected, which has caused an outcry from some fans.
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I’m not sure what they expected though; most clubs who build a new stadium have to tighten their belts when it comes to transfers. Also, the January transfer window rarely sees any major moves, with the best players often not moving until the summer unless their club has to have a fire-sale or Manchester City and Chelsea come in with a ridiculous offer.

With the Maxi Rodriguez deal apparently done, it will be interesting to see if we make any moves for some players either on the cheap, on loan or if we wait to work the Bosman rule to sign players on a pre-contract before a summer move such as Marouane Chamakh.