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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 October 2006, 17:37 GMT
White quits after slur on Benitez
Noel White has resigned from Liverpool's board
White admitted he was behind the attack on Benitez
Liverpool director Noel White has resigned from the club's board after confirming he criticised manager Rafael Benitez in a newspaper article.

An unnamed director was quoted questioning Benitez's transfer dealings and selection policy in the wake of the defeat at Manchester United.

White, who has been a director for 21 years and had a spell as chairman, has now admitted he was responsible.

He told Liverpool's website: "I feel the honourable course is to resign."

Benitez was in conciliatory mood after Liverpool's 3-0 Champions League win against Bordeaux.

He said: "It is a pity, I have not had a bad relationship with Noel White, and I am sorry this has happened. Now, though, I would prefer to look to the future.

"The important thing is the club, and such things as this do not normally happen here. This is a big club and there is a way of doing things here. But I am sorry that it has had to end this way."

White added: "For the 21 years I have had the privilege of being a director of this great institution my guiding principle has been to act in the best interests of the club.

"In view of the controversy caused by comments in a national newspaper, attributed to an anonymous director, and the effect this has had on the chairman, my fellow directors, the manager and many supporters, I feel the honourable course is to resign."

He insisted: "It was never my intention to cause such controversy, nor did I envisage that my remarks would receive such widespread coverage.

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"I recognise, however, that I must take responsibility for my actions even though the outcome was not what I intended."

Chairman David Moores was disappointed to lose the services of White, but accepted there was no other option.

He said: "This is very sad for both the club and Mr. White, who has been a valuable member of the board for 21 years.

"However, the board considers that the statements made do not reflect its own views and that this is not the Liverpool way of doing business. The proper place for debate is around the boardroom table.

"It is vital that we pull together at all times whether on the field or off it.

"It has to be said that at the first available opportunity on the day the article appeared Mr White was completely honest in telling me that he was responsible for it.

"He recognised that this made his position on the board quite untenable and he did the honourable thing by resigning."

Liverpool chairman David Moores
Liverpool chairman Moores says White had no option but to quit

The director - revealed to be White - was quoted as saying: "When it comes to any manager, the view of the board has always been to let them get on with it. We do not believe in interfering.

"But the day will come when we may not be that way inclined any more. The manager must stand or fall by his efforts.

"We have paid too many inflated prices and inflated wages for players who are not doing the job. We have too many players of poor quality.

"When the manager decides they are not doing the job, we cannot get rid of them because nobody wants them for the sort of money we want back.

"It means we're losing money we can't afford to lose.

"Normally, by the time you get to October, you'd expect the manager to know his best team and stick with it but there are no signs of that happening. I don't think he could tell you what his best team is."



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