‘Go on … be careful what you wish for’: Jamie Redknapp warns Liverpool fans who want John W Henry and Fenway Sports Group to leave after the Reds played a major role in European Super League plans
- Liverpool have apologized after withdrawing from the European Super League
- The Reds were one of 12 European clubs participating in the controversial tournament
- The Spirit of Shankly fan group said owner John W Henry’s apology was “ hollow. ”
- Jamie Redknapp told fans ‘be careful what you wish for’ and called on Henry to go
Jamie Redknapp claims he understands the wrath of Liverpool fans towards owner John W Henry and Fenway Sports Group, but issued a warning to ‘be careful what you wish for’.
The Merseysiders were one of six Premier League clubs to sign up for the controversial European Super League – the breakaway that was formed on Sunday but failed 48 hours after the start after several clubs withdrew.
Henry made an emotional apology video to the Liverpool fans on Wednesday after withdrawing the club’s involvement, claiming that he had ‘let you (the Reds supporters) down’.
Jamie Redknapp has warned Liverpool fans to ‘be careful what you wish for’ about pleading for John W Henry and the Fenway Sports Group to leave the Anfield club
Liverpool fans protested the European Super League, criticizing Henry and FSG
After the Spirit of Shankly Supporters Group claimed Henry’s words for hollow, Sky Sports pundit Redknapp called on Liverpool fans to ‘move on’ and hesitate to ask the owner and FSG to leave the club.
Redknapp told Sky Sports on Wednesday, “ They (the fans) got what they wanted. It’s really important, of course there will be anger towards the owners. Liverpool fans towards John W Henry, I can understand that.
‘They have made a big mistake, everyone makes mistakes in life. All you can do is apologize and move on.
Let’s say they want to sell the club, whoever comes next will be in the same position. They won’t be Liverpool fans from day one. It is a power game and money game. Let’s be careful what we wish for. ‘
Henry, 71, released his own emotional statement on Wednesday apologizing to fans of the Reds
Henry has been in charge of Liverpool since 2010, taking over from the unpopular American duo Tom Hicks and George Gillett as the owners of the Anfield club.
The 71-year-old was one of the main voices in the European Super League project, as was named as one of the idea’s four vice-presidents, along with Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke, Juventus’ Andrea Agnelli and Manchester United’s Joel Glazer.
Henry claimed in his statement Wednesday morning: ‘It goes without saying, but it must be said that the proposed project would never last without the support of the fans. No one ever thought otherwise in England. During these 48 hours you were very clear that it was not going to last. We heard you. I heard you.
Again, I’m sorry, and I alone am responsible for the unnecessary negativity that has been brought out in recent days. It is something that I will not forget. And shows how much power the fans have today and rightly will continue to have.
Fans also protested the European Super League ahead of Liverpool’s match against Leeds
‘It is important that the Liverpool football family remains intact, vital and committed to what we have seen of you around the world, with local gestures of kindness and support. I can promise I will do what I can to promote that. ‘
But the Spirit of Shankly group released their own statement, especially after the club’s public apology: ‘We have taken note of John Henry’s apology, but this PR exercise is too little overdue. These crocodile tears will not wash.
Actions speak louder than ‘hollow’ words. Liverpool Football Club is not an American franchise, it is a community steeped in history and tradition. ‘
Henry has been in charge of Liverpool for over a decade and has had great success with the club
Redknapp insisted that the focus should now be on improving the Premier League and Champions League competition, despite the ‘disgusting’ way the ‘Big Six’ clubs tried to enforce a new league that has forced them to compete every year. would qualify for the competition.
The Sky Sports expert added: ‘Football was about the fans, everyone has proven the power they can have. Moving on, let’s make this the best Premier League we can do.
“The Champions League needs a revamp and this could be the disruption of football, but the way they did it was disgusting.”