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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 22, 2008

Liverpool owners are undermining Rafa - LMA

Managers chief Richard Bevan has accused Liverpool's owners of undermining manager Rafael Benitez.

Benitez's position has been the subject of constant speculation over the past two months with the Spaniard's relationship with co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks reported to have broken down.

The uncertainty increased last week when Hicks admitted he had spoken to former Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann about the job as an 'insurance policy' should Benitez leave.

Bevan, the chief executive of the League Managers Association, believes the matter has been badly handled and feels clubs need to improve their lines of communication between from boardroom to training ground.

Bevan told Sky Sports News: 'Clubs and their owners must act in a professional and business-like manner.

'Certainly what happened to Rafael Benitez undermined the club and certainly undermined him professionally and personally. It was surprising to hear the comments from the owner.

'But we also have to realise it is a massive multi-million pound business.

'It is really about making sure all the stake-holders properly communicate their views, sit round the table and build medium to long-term plans.

'If we were to focus on communication the game would be better off and many issues behind the scenes would be kept behind the scenes.'

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