Benitez clears air with Parry

21 August 2008 01:45
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is looking to 'move forward' after holding clear the air talks with chief executive Rick Parry. Benitez's recent comments over the club's failure to land Gareth Barry from Aston Villa suggested the relationship between the pair had become strained. The Reds have been unable to complete the signing of the £18millon-rated England midfielder despite the deal being discussed for the past two months. Speaking last week, the Spanish coach appeared to point the finger of blame at Parry for their failure to seal the deal. On Friday an agitated Benitez said: "If you want to talk about players, then you talk to Rick Parry. If you want to talk about football, then you talk with me." Benitez was even moved to deny reports over the weekend that he was considering resigning over his strained relationship with the club's board. However, he has now pledged to move on following productive talks with his chief executive. Benitez told the club's official website: "Clear the air talks have taken place. "It was a positive discussion and we will now move forward together." Meanwhile, Parry added: "I can confirm that we had a friendly and positive meeting and we're moving forward."

Source: ESA