Barney, I'm not sure we'll know for a while if Rafa can live up to the accomplishments of Fergie or not. While I agree Fergie is unique and in the same mold of total manager as Shanks and Paisley, you also should remember he came within a whisker of getting sacked when he could not deliver a top half finish, let alone silverware. I believe that was after being at the helm for 5 or 6 years. So time will tell.
But I do agree with you, that until the boardroom mess is sorted, the long-term success at Anfield will always be in doubt, no matter what great players, or managers we have at the club. Stability is key to allowing even an average manager get on with the job. Not sure if MON can reach those same levels, but so far seems to me he's doing a heck of a job, and, you do seem to have solid, patient, and wealthy ownership. Want to trade our Yanks? I'll give you a 2 for 1 special!