Rodney Marsh: Liverpool are a shambles and things could get worse

Liverpool are one of the greatest football clubs in world football. But let’s make no mistake, the legends of Anfield are watching solemnly over what is now a distant shadow of the supreme history of this once proud football titan. The names of Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley hang like a concrete millstone around the neck of Rafa Benitez.

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Exclusive: Keegan and Curbishley cases have changed landscape for English managers

By Mike Rowbottom

December 9 – When, a little more than a year after he had managed Derby County to the 1974-75 First Division title, Dave Mackay read a national newspaper story claiming he was to be replaced, his reaction was characteristically defiant. As he admits in his autobiography The Real Mackay (Mainstream, £15.99), he stormed into the boardroom and challenged the club’s directors to deny that they had been behind the article.

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FIFA communications chief quits

By Duncan Mackay

December 8 – FIFA’s director of communications Hans Klaus (pictured) has resigned from football’s world governing body following a dispute over strategy less than 200 days before the opening of the World Cup in South Africa.

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