Liverpool owners wield the axe

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Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have shown once again that they will not stand for failure after they fired Boston Red Sox coach Bobby Valentine following the team's worst season in 47 years.

The Red Sox won just 69 of their 162 matches over the course of the campaign, while they lost a staggering 26 of their final 33 contests, including a humiliating 14-2 defeat to the New York Yankees in their final outing.

Valentine's team suffered the embarrassment of losing to the Yankees - their biggest rivals - 13 times in 18 meetings last season, and the coach has seen his two-year contract terminated as a result.

"This year's won-loss record reflects a season of agony," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said in a statement. "It begs for changes, some of which have already transpired. More will come. We are determined to fix that which is broken."

FSG displayed earlier this year how clinical they can be if results do not go the way as planned when they relieved Kenny Dalglish of his job as Liverpool manager, despite the Reds winning the League Cup.

Dalglish was replaced by Brendan Rodgers, but the former Swansea manager has overseen the club's worst start to a league season in over a century, while their latest defeat came at Anfield against Udinese in the Europa League on Thursday.

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