Exasperated Liverpool fans have called for the removal of future Reds manager Frank Rijkaard in a series of protests, writes Hard Jackson.
LFC fans picketed the Shankly Gates on New Year’s Day in protest against what they see as a lack of results under the future manager, who has been linked with replacing current manager Roy Hodgson.
Reds have pre-emptively launched 17 different petitions against a number of managers, including Owen Coyle, Martin O’Neill, Steve McLaren, Sam Allardyce, Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, David Moyes and Jose Mourinho – but Dutch Rijkaard heads the list.
Fans have held a succession of 90-minute silences in protest against Rijkaard, current manager Hodgson, former managers Rafa Benitez, Gerard Houllier, Roy Evans and Graeme Souness over the past 20 years.
And Kopites now say that it’s time for Rijkaard to go.
“Rijkaard has insulted Reds everywhere – particularly the small amount that are from Liverpool – with his silence over Liverpool’s situation,” said lifelong LFC fan Tarquin Farquarson, from his house in Bromyard, Herefordshire.
“Rijkaard is now the past. We’re looking towards the future – and that means appointing Kenny Dalglish as the new LFC manager.”
An online campaign against Dalglish was immediately launched by a breakaway group of Liverpool supporters.
Echo and the Bunnymen front man Ian McCulloch pulled no punches in comparing Rijkaard’s record as future manager of Liverpool to “genocide”.
“It’s like Frank Rijkaard has murdered every person in the world,” mumbled the singer, known for his sunglasses.
Meanwhile a number of former LFC players have weighed into the debate, questioning Rijkaard’s passion, understanding of fans and appreciation of LFC history.
“This has been the worst start to the season since the last one,” blasted Tommy Smith, from a golf course in the Algarve.
“Rijkaard has shown that he doesn’t have the belief, spirit, energy, heart, passion, guts, balls, shins or backbone that Liverpool deserves. Another pina colada please.”
“Liverpool is the biggest club in the world, if not the universe,” continued Smith. “Erm, our history, big club, Paisley, Shankly,” concluded the LFC legend.
An online petition against Smith was immediately launched by a breakaway group of Liverpool supporters.
Carol Konchesky was unavailable for comment.