Hicks Jr may walk alone following obscene email
Published 11/01/2010 | 05:00
Liverpool director Tom Hicks Jr faces mounting pressure to resign from the board despite offering a personal apology for sending an obscene email to a fan concerned about the Anfield club's financial future.
Hicks Jr, son of one of the club's two American owners, sent the abusive message after being emailed a link to a local newspaper story on the challenge facing Liverpool's manager, Rafael Benitez, to manage Anfield's £240m debt as well as delivering success on the pitch.
After labelling his correspondent an "idiot", Hicks then wrote: "B*** me, f*** face. Go to hell. I'm sick of you." Hicks emailed the supporter on Saturday night to "apologise for losing his temper and using bad language with you", labelling his response a "knee-jerk reaction".
It is believed he sent the message in error and was described by sources close to his family as "deeply regretting" the mistake, the latest in a long line of clashes between the boardroom and stands at Anfield.
Spirit of Shankly, the club's supporters' union, released a statement yesterday calling on Hicks Jr to "recognise his shortcomings, not only as an individual but as a 'custodian' of the club and do what any honourable person would do and resign".
However, the prospect of Hicks Jr, a key player on Anfield's board -- comprised of Hicks and his father Tom, George Gillett and his son Foster, Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre -- resigning remains remote. (© Daily Telegraph, London)