We all can sit here with the benefit of hindsight and slate Purslow, but the fact is that the received wisdom from the majority of the media in the summer of 2010 was that the rubbish Benitez had brought to Anfield - Insua and Lucas being amongst the prime targets - was the reason we were struggling so much. Nothing to do with the governance vacuum and civil war playing out behind the scenes.
Much of our support bought this line when it was obvious that both were excellent prospects to anyoe with half an idea about football who took the trouble to actually watch them without prejudice.
The lesson isn't that Purslow, Hodgson or anyone else was a prick (though not saying they were or weren't). The lesson is watch the fucking player, make your own mind up, don't be scared to be ridiculed for having an opinion that deviates from Hawksby and Jacobs, and and don't be scared to defend a manager who is going through a bad time because of his bosses.