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Gillett: No Rafa rift
12 Jun 2007 - 09:21:28
Liverpool's co-owner George Gillett has denied speculation suggesting he has fallen out with Reds boss Rafael Benitez.
Reports hinted that Gillett and his fellow major shareholder Tom Hicks were unwilling to hand Benitez the transfer funds to strengthen the squad the Spaniard had earlier been promised.
The Reds have failed to seal any major signings since losing the Champions League final to AC Milan last month, but Gillett told the Liverpool Daily Post: "I read that Rafa is throwing hand grenades at us and making demands.
"That there's a tension or disagreement between him and the Gillett and Hicks families - but nothing could be further from the truth.
"As far back as February, Rafa laid out a programme for us and each one of our sports businesses has a core concept.
"You can't just flop around looking at opportunities here and there, go left, go right. It has to be part of an integrated plan.
"We have one at Liverpool, as we have with the Montreal Canadiens, one we understand 100 per cent, believe in and support.
"The plan involves us spending money, but it will be part of a plan, not just spending like a drunken sailor.
"It's about partnership, teamwork and communication. It's not all about money."