Replaced with 'odd' ... I should have gone with fallacious ... I don't understand how any premise can be made that Hicks has reduced the potential of the team to succeed without similarly concluding that the team and/or Benitez are such psychological cripples that a single admission that Hicks was hedging his bets with Klinnsman could destroy the esprit de corps of the side. If that is the case ... this is not the team that can be champions anyway. Rafa has performed less than perfectly this season Our players have performed far less than perfectly this season The owners have given the players and Rafa every tool they have asked for this season. Get on with it already! Chelsea had a more poisonous atmosphere about the club at time under Mourinho. Manchester United had a fan uprising on a tremendous scale with regards to the Glazers. And yet the game went on. Stop making Hicks into the bogeyman or using him as a crutch or excuse for failure. It is unmanly. He may be an idiot, but he hasn't done anything to damage the club significantly in the short term. You would think the players would sit around Melwood saying ... "I cannot give it my all if I know the owner is taking out a loan." or "Who knows if Rafa is going to be here next week? Apparently the owner talked to some other manager." Goodness knows they have heard rumors about Rafa going to Real Madrid before Hicks bought the team. The only difference now is they can see Javier Maschereno and know he is signed with the club for 4 years. They can see Fernando Torres up front and know that the team can finally create a goal out of nothing. They can look at Skrtal and Agger and be convinced that an injury to Carra or the further decline of Hyppia will not hamstring the club (at least not any more than our dodgy fullbacks already do).