Liverpool co-owner Gillett says relations with Hicks are unworkable
( dpa ) - George Gillett Jr has revealed the extent of the problems between himself and his fellow Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks, describing their relationship as unworkable.
Hicks has reportedly been trying to take sole ownership of the club for some time now, but Dubai Investment Capital are also interested in taking over.
"This partnership has been unworkable for some time," Gillett said in an interview on Canadian radio, adding that the idea of selling his share to Hicks is now "an untenable alternative."
"We were very fair. We gave our partner a long period of time to try to make arrangements to buy us out. We didn't put pressure on him but he ultimately did not get to the finish-line.
"In the meantime, because of the things he said, the fans' reaction has been so negative towards him - and towards us if we sold to him - that has now made that an untenable alternative for us."
Hicks has become hugely unpopular with Liverpool fans because of the manner of his dealings, and Gillett said that was part of the problem.
"When your public persona is more important than the facts, it's tough to have a rational relationship.
"(The fans) do not want him (Hicks) to have any controlling interest in this club - they do not even want him to have any ownership in the club."
Gillett also said that he believed DIC would be much better for the club.
"He (Hicks) threatened to block me selling to Dubai - that was certainly one of the things that made the fans upset," he said.
"Lord knows DIC have the money; with oil prices going up every day, that's not an issue. They certainly have the history and they are fans. I think they would have been very responsible owners."