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Football: George Gillett.

George Gillett has revealed his relationship with fellow Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks "has been unworkable for some time".

Speaking to a sports radio programme in Toronto, Canada, he also said he and his wife have been subjected to death threats.

Gillett (right) and American business partner Tom Hicks (far right) are unpopular with some Reds fans after their disagreements with manager Rafael Benitez and their controversial re-financing of the club.

Dubai International Capital recently failed with a bid to buy a 49 per cent stake in the club, which would have seen Hicks retaining a controlling interest.

Gillett said: "This partnership has been unworkable for some time." He also said he and his wife "receive many phone calls in the middle of the night threatening our lives".

As it became clear all was not well in the Anfield boardroom it seemed likely Gillett would sell his 50 per cent stake to either Hicks or DIC.

Gillett initially wanted to buy the club on his own in January last year, but brought in Hicks' financial muscle when he could not do the deal himself. And he claims Hicks not only failed to take up an offer to buy his share, but also tried to stop Gillett selling to DIC.

Gillett has also revealed that instead of selling the club, he may try to buy out Hicks.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 29, 2008
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