Gillett backs Parry amid Reds civil war

April 11, 2008

Liverpool's co-owner George Gillett has publicly backed Rick Parry in defiance of fellow co-owner Tom Hicks, saying the chief executive has his full support.

Hick yesterday sent a letter to Parry demanding his resignation, citing his failure to generate revenue for the club, amid the growing civil war between the Reds' pair of North American owners.

Gillett also pointed out that the full board would have to approve Parry's removal.

He told the Liverpool Echo: 'Rick Parry retains our full support.

'Any decision to remove him would need the approval of the full Liverpool board which, it should be remembered, consists of six people - myself, Foster [Gillett's son], David Moores, Rick himself, Tom Hicks and Tom junior.

'We have not seen the document in question and we were not party to it.

'We are not able to comment on the detail because we have not seen it. But I would reiterate that Rick retains our full support.'

Parry added: 'The club will be fine - no individual is bigger than the club.

'But, obviously, we need leadership at the top and at the moment there is a severe lack of unity.'