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Hicks blames Gillett for Klinsmann fiasco in Liverpool emails

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has been corresponding with fans via email to explain the club's current ownership issues.

The Telegraph says in the emails, Hicks blames partner George Gillett for the calamitous PR own-goal of approaching Jurgen Klinsmann as a replacement for manager Rafa Benitez last November before going on to criticise him for holding the club back.

"I have a large investment and plan to make a bigger one," Hicks told one fan in an email, later published on the internet. "Gillett has held us back financially, but that will change. In the end, one person must have responsibility for making decisions. It has been very difficult for George and me to agree on things (Klinsmann) and DIC wanted their people to have an equal vote on things like keeping Rafa (I will), signing players and managing the business.

"The club has not been run very well for a long time now. I intend to fix the problems."

In another email, Hicks writes: "I have taken huge risks because I believe our club can be the best in the world again.

"Gillett knew Klinsmann from Vail [Colorado]. In hindsight, it was a big mistake, but I have publicly, and privately, backed Rafa since our meeting December 16th.

"The finances will be fine. We are playing much better. DIC has been playing the press like a drum. Our new stadium will be the best in the world."

Hicks' exchanges with fans are part of a new charm offensive to persuade supporters to drop their opposition to his long-term ambitions to remain in charge at Anfield.

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