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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suarez can repair reputation

Just look at Becks, Luis… Liverpool boss Rodgers insists Suarez can repair his tarnished reputation



14:42 GMT, 8 August 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told Luis Suarez that he can easily change round people's perceptions of him – just like David Beckham after the 1998 World Cup.

Suarez was disgraced last season when he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

The Uruguayan then made himself even more unpopular in the game when he refused to shake Evra's hand before a game at Old Trafford between United and Liverpool.

Getting ready: Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers during Liverpool training

Getting ready: Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers during Liverpool training

However, Liverpool have kept faith with the player, and he signed a new contract on Tuesday.

The Uruguayan should reveive a warm reception from Liverpool fans, but away from Anfield it is likely to be a different story.

Suarez was booed at Old Trafford, Wembley and the Millennium Stadium during his recent Olympic appearances for his national team.

Rodgers believes it could make the former Ajax man stronger, recalling the reaction to Beckham's red card during the 1998 World Cup in France as proof opinions can be transformed.

'I didn't hear the reaction (during the Olympics) but top players get a bit of stick at every away ground,' he said.

'But if there is a negative reaction towards a player it is normally because they are good.

'We have seen it over time and players can become stronger for sure.

On the ball: Suarez in action against UAE at the Olympic Games

On the ball: Suarez in action against UAE at the Olympic Games

'Looking at the David Beckham scenario a number of years ago, they were burning effigies of him. Now he is king of the world. That is how it can change.

'The most important thing is to recognise where you are at and then move forward.'

Rodgers added how pleased he was that Suarez had decided to stay, saying: 'I have tried to sell him the vision.

'There is always uncertainty when there is a change of manager. But he feels secure this club can take a number of steps forward over the next few years.

'Last year was difficult for him but this is a new beginning. The message from me will be concentrate on your football. Everything else will be a hindrance.'

Alan Pardew warns players who want to leave Newcastle

The grass is greener at Newcastle, Pardew warns his wantaway stars



12:58 GMT, 9 April 2012

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has warned any player looking to join a so-called bigger club to think twice.

Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique, who both left Tyneside for Liverpool, were taunted by Magpies fans on their return last Sunday as their former club secured a 2-0 win which took them 11 points clear of the Reds in the Barclays Premier League table.

That gap became 13 points over the weekend after Kenny Dalglish's men were only able to manage a home draw with Aston Villa while Newcastle won 2-0 at Swansea.

Warning: Alan Pardew believes Newcastle can compete with the top clubs

Warning: Alan Pardew believes Newcastle can compete with the top clubs

Writing in his programme notes ahead of Monday's home clash with struggling Bolton, Pardew said: 'I took no satisfaction from seeing our former players Andy and Jose enduring a difficult day as they were fantastic for us during their time at this club.

'But maybe this season has changed a few perceptions and sent out a message to players tempted by offers to join so-called bigger clubs in the Premier League.

Bad move: Andy Carroll (left) has struggled since joining Liverpool

Bad move: Andy Carroll (left) has struggled since joining Liverpool

'Newcastle have proved time and again over the last few months that we can compete with big-name clubs like Liverpool, and maybe it will encourage players to think again if they dare to believe the grass is greener elsewhere.'

Rangers in administration: why Craig Whyte wanted his administrator on site

Why Rangers owner Whyte wanted 'his' administrator on site

It was a strange sort of case, with both parties apparently seeking the same verdict. More or less. As Rangers and HMRC fought for the right to appoint an administrator to a club circling the drain, why did the identity of the firm selected matter so much

Because allowing Craig Whyte to choose a company with which he has a prior business relationship undoubtedly creates the impression of a carve-up in favour of the Rangers owner.

Given that one senior figure at Duff & Phelps was there with Whyte on the day that he marched into Ibrox as the new saviour of ‘his’ club, and considering the leeway available to administrators when it comes to deciding who gets paid what, you can see why HMRC protested.

Their counsel actually told the Court of Session on Tuesday: ‘The position of HMRC is that it is appropriate this company be brought under independent control of some person who has no involvement in this company prior to this date.

Men for the job: Paul Clarke and David Whitehouse from Duff & Phelps talk to the press on Tuesday

Men for the job: Paul Clarke and David Whitehouse from Duff & Phelps talk to the press on Tuesday

‘The proposed administrators nominated by the directors of the club have been advising the club for six months or more.’

Putting it more bluntly, Ernst and Young football finance analyst Neil Patey told Sportsmail: ‘It’s not good for public perceptions of independence if that company is associated with the owner already.

‘HMRC were careful in their court submission not to imply any impropriety. But it’s about a perceived lack of independence.

‘Why Because, if they go down the route of trying to reach a Company Voluntary Arrangement, there are a lot of situations where there is no right answer. There are a lot of judgment calls to be made when you are an administrator. The concern is that some of these might be seen to be biased in favour of Craig Whyte.

‘They are professional people, the administrators at Duff & Phelps, and they are working within the statutes and acting as officials of the court, in essence.

‘When you view it that way, the actual identity of the administrators shouldn’t matter. Whoever you appoint, they should do exactly the same job.

Men for the job: Paul Clarke and David Whitehouse from Duff & Phelps talk to the press on Tuesday

Rangers crisis in numbers…

1 – Paid by Craig Whyte to Sir David Murray for Rangers last year.

2.45 – The time Rangers entered into administration yesterday after a deadline was set by the Court of Session for the club to appoint an administrator following a morning of legal wrangling with HMRC.

10 – Points deducted from the Ibrox club by the SPL following Tuesday’s move into administration.

230 – The number of Rangers employees who now face a period of uncertainty over their jobs.

5m – What Everton paid Rangers for star striker Nikica Jelavic just two weeks ago.

9m – The total unpaid tax bill since Whyte took over in May 2011, according to the administrators, Duff and Phelps.

24m – The figure allegedly borrowed by Whyte on future season-tickets sales from Ticketus prior to his takeover.

75m – What Whyte alleges the bill from the case brought by HMRC against the club could spiral to with penalties and interest taken into account.

‘But there is a lot of leeway in all
aspects of the job, starting with the day-to-day running of the club,
working out which costs can be funded and which need to be cut.

‘I suspect they will have to look at the playing staff. If ever there was a judgment call, that’s one right there.

‘When it comes to putting forward a plan that satisfies creditors, starting with Craig Whyte as the secured creditor, they have to work out a fair settlement.

‘So they will be saying to creditors: “You get so much, you only get this much, etc”. ‘They can say what they believe to be the best deal for everyone concerned, but the truth is that there is a lot of horse trading.’

Talk of a quick in-and-out administration deal, with Whyte securing a sweet settlement for himself as main creditor, is pretty much quashed by Patey – who insists that liquidation remains a real threat.

‘Now, the administrator may rule that only debts which have been crystalised – ie, those on the books right now – should make up the whole package, meaning Whyte definitely makes up 75 per cent,’ said the expert.

Plenty to do: David Grier (right) and Whitehouse leave Ibrox

Plenty to do: David Grier (right) and Whitehouse leave Ibrox

‘But that would be challenged by HMRC, who will argue that the major tax case should also be considered.

‘If you come out of administration with that big tax bill hanging over you, you face the same major problems – and will face having to go into administration for a second time.

‘So, really, Craig Whyte will want to clear this up once and for all. He has to negotiate with HMRC over the major liability. The Revenue will be tough. There is a point of principle in what Rangers are doing, and HMRC are not for backing down.

‘They’ve had a lot of bad publicity of late, public criticism because large corporates have been let off with unpaid tax.

‘So there is a public feeling that corporates and wealthy individuals should pay the right amount of tax.

‘I don’t think we should discount the possibility of administration failing to reach a CVA – and that would require the club to go down the liquidation route. That is a live possibility.

‘It’s not impossible to reach a CVA but, looking at the case, liquidation is certainly a live issue.’