Hicks: We were swindled
The protracted takeover saga at Liverpool has taken another
twist, with former co-owner Tom Hicks vowing to fight his
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News, the American
businessman has made it clear that he does not consider the
matter to be over, with further legal proceedings set to
Hicks feels the manner in which the Reds board have acted
throughout the takeover wrangle has been unprofessional,
claiming he has been 'swindled', while he has also revealed
that he attempted to clear the club's debts on Friday but
was prevented from doing so.
Hicks and Gillett
drop Texas lawsuit
Tom Hicks and George Gillett have dropped their Texas
lawsuit against RBS and Liverpool's directors but could
still launch action in England.
Having spent the last week dragging his case through the
courts to oppose a £300million sale to New England Sport
Ventures - which went through this afternoon - the American
former co-owners dropped the US $1.6billion (£1bn) claim
initially lodged in a Dallas court.
However, they are considering their next move and a
statement from their lawyers suggests they may bring the
fight to England - where they lost a High Court battle to
retain control of the club this week.
Hicks and Gillett ‘face uphill struggle’
in any Liverpool compensation claim
With the sale of Liverpool to NESV complete and John W
Henry, one of the world’s leading sports tycoons, promising
ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside derby to restore the club
to its former glories, sportingintelligence can reveal Tom
Hicks and George Gillett’s legal battle for $1.6bn
compensation is likely to be undermined by the fact they
were given details in the last 48 hours about how to repay
their debt to RBS bank – and made no move to repay the cash.
at Anfield takeover
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has welcomed the takeover by
NESV, admitting it is a relief a "bad time" appears to have
come to an end.
Following Hodgson's Friday press conference, the club later
confirmed they have been bought by New England Sports
Ventures, owners of the Boston Red Sox, after Tom Hicks and
George Gillett were defeated in their legal battle to stop
"It is a very positive situation, if that is the case, and a
very good day for the club - a day everyone at the club will
welcome and the new owners will welcome," said the Liverpool
manager ahead of Sunday's derby at Everton.
"It is a relief. It has been a very difficult couple of
"All people and clubs need stability, all managers and
players need stability and it is becoming a very hard thing
to find," he added.
Hard work starts now for NESV
After one of the most bitter and drawn out legal battles in
the history of English football, the hard work now starts
for Liverpool's new owners, who must contend club’s slide
towards relegation, a new stadium, and the fight for the
hearts and minds of sceptical fans.
NESV and Liverpool FC
statement in full
TEAMtalk brings you the joint statement from New England
Sports Ventures (NESV) and Liverpool Football Club,
confirming the sale of the club.
New England Sports Ventures (NESV) today announces that it
has completed the purchase of Liverpool Football Club. NESV
wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to the board of
Liverpool FC for their diligence and their efforts on behalf
of the club and its supporters.
The transaction values the club at £300m and eliminates all
of the acquisition debt placed on LFC by its previous
owners, reducing the Club's debt servicing obligations from
£25m-£30m a year to £2m-£3m.
New England Sports Ventures is committed to winning and
currently owns a portfolio of companies, including the
Boston Red Sox, New England Sports Network, Fenway Sports
Group and Roush Fenway Racing.
close in on final
deal for Liverpool FC
John W Henry emerged triumphant as Liverpool's new owner
having finally secured the £300 million takeover of the club
in time to take his place at the weekend's Merseyside derby,
insiders have informed ESPNsoccernet.
Henry now plans to bring back the "passion, dedication and
professionalism" to Liverpool and most importantly a
"winning culture'' once the deal is signed
Henry was told of the news on Friday that Tom Hicks and
George Gillett had 'folded' in their bid to cling onto the
club, and would be now pursuing only a legal action for £1
billion ($1.6 billion) damages - which will be rigorously
defended in court.
Mill Financial 'refused Premier League
owners test' amid Liverpool takeover
The Premier League have effectively blocked any attempts by
Mill Financial to secure a takeover of Liverpool Football
Club after reportedly rejecting a request from the American
investment group to take the fit and proper persons test.
The dispute surrounding the ownership of the Anfield club
rages on today, with current co-owners Tom Hicks and George
Gillett due to attend a court hearing in Texas over an
injunction they filed earlier this week.
According to the latest reports, the legal document is due
to be rescinded by the judge in Dallas - opening the way for
John W Henry and his NESV group to take control of
Reina craves derby spoils
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina admits this weekend's
Merseyside derby is of the utmost significance and insists
it is vital the Red side of the city
Reina and co make the short trip to Goodison Park on Sunday
when they lock horns with local rivals Everton as Premier
League action swings back into force.
Reina accepts the stakes have rarely been higher heading
into the latest Merseyside tussle.
The Spanish custodian told The Daily Express: "This is the
biggest in terms of needing the points for both teams. We
are not in the best situation and we both need three points
"For whoever wins, it will be so important for the fans and
for the optimism of the club. We have to win."
Mill Financial approached
Premier League to seek approval
Mill Financial, the secretive US hedge fund attempting an
11th-hour takeover of Liverpool, approached the Premier
League yesterday to seek approval under the owners and
The Premier League declined to consider whether Mill's
representatives would be suitable directors because they did
not have the authorisation of
the Liverpool board.
Mill looked to seek pre-approval so that they were in a
position to complete a deal for the club today.
A spokesman for the Premier League said: "We will continue
to deal directly with the board of Liverpool Football Club
and take direction from them with regard to any ownership
Roy shocked by Gerrard snub
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson admits he was surprised Fabio
Capello took the England captaincy off Steven Gerrard.
Capello gave the armband back to Rio Ferdinand for the Euro
2012 qualifier against Montenegro in midweek after he
returned from a long injury lay-off which saw him miss the
World Cup and subsequent games.
Hodgson believes his Anfield skipper Gerrard should have
kept the captaincy for his country after impressing in the
role in the opening two Euro 2012 qualifiers against
Bulgaria and Switzerland.
"I was disappointed to see that he had the England captaincy
taken away from him - I've got to be honest and say I don't
really understand that decision,"
"As much as Rio (Ferdinand) is a great player as well, I
think if you have been out for a long time through injury
and you're making your first England appearance for a long,
long time, someone who actually had the captaincy for three
games and had done brilliantly deserves to keep it."
Hodgson added: "I haven't spoken to Steven about the subject
but I just hope he is not too disappointed about it.
"At the moment, in his form and with his ability and desire
to take responsibility, he plays a true captain's innings
for us and I think he did it for England in the three games
before [Tuesday night]."
Carragher pens new Reds contract
Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher has signed a new two-year
deal to keep him at the Anfield club until the summer of
The 32-year-old put contract talks on hold earlier this
year, but new Reds boss Roy Hodgson made it one of his top
priorities to sort out Carragher's situation and now the
long-serving defender has agreed the extension.
Carragher has established himself as a key member of the
Liverpool side and a big fans' favourite since breaking into
the team in January 1997.
The former England international enjoyed a testimonial
against Everton last month as reward for his services to the
Carragher has made 641 appearances for the Reds and he is
currently in his 15th season with the Anfield outfit.
News of his new deal will come as a major boost amid the
ongoing takeover talk surrounding the Reds and this
weekend's Merseyside derby.
"I want to play football until I'm about 35 or 36," said the
Carragher is taking his coaching badges and the assumption
is he will join the backroom staff at Liverpool when his
playing days are finally over.
There are no provisions in his new contract for that to
happen but former manager Rafael Benitez tipped the defender
as a potential Reds boss one day.
Carragher said last month: "I think it would find it very
hard not to have football
in my life.
"If I go down that road I might be coaching, scouting...I
"Here would be great. But Liverpool always have top managers
and you would have to earn your stripes."
Hicks and Gillett
lift restraining order
Tom Hicks and George Gillett have lifted the Texas court
restraining order preventing the Royal Bank of Scotland
(RBS) from completing the sale of Liverpool and have
completed a deal with Mill Financial in order to pay off the
£280 million debt.
Henry vows to fight Reds duo
Prospective Liverpool owner John W Henry has vowed to fend
off George Gillett and Tom Hicks' desperate attempt to keep
Henry and his company New England Sports Ventures (NESV)
have already won two battles in the High Court in London,
which have cleared the way for their £300million purchase of
Now seemingly the only hurdle remaining is a restraining
order that Hicks and Gillett took out in Dallas on Wednesday
to prevent the club being sold.
This was dismissed by the High Court in London on Thursday
and Hicks and Gillett were given until 4pm BST to comply
with that order.
Liverpool and NESV have now taken up the battle in Texas and
Henry is confident they will defeat Hicks, Gillett and their
financial backers Mill Financial.
"We have a binding contract," Henry said on his Twitter
"Will fight Mill, Hicks, Gillett attempt to keep club today.
Their last desperate attempt to entrench their regime."
Anfield club's future to be
decided in Dallas court on Friday
New England Sports Ventures’ prospects of taking control at
Anfield before Sunday’s Merseyside derby rest on the verdict
of a Texan judge expected to reveal whether the much-delayed
deal can proceed after 1pm UK time on Friday.
Representatives of NESV and RBS, whose loans of £245 million
to Liverpool become due at the close of business on Friday,
petitioned the Dallas District Court on Thursday night in
the hope that the court would hear an application to remove
Liverpool’s current owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett,
who was said to be in London on Thursday night consulting
his lawyers, secured the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)
late on Wednesday night to frustrate NESV’s efforts to take
Should the last-ditch efforts in Dallas succeed, a deal
could be sealed on Friday, but were they to fail or be
delayed Liverpool’s fate is likely to remain uncertain over
the weekend, when they face Everton in the Merseyside derby.
High Court rules
against Reds owners
Liverpool again moved to the brink of new ownership after a
High Court judge dismissed an injunction preventing the sale
of the club.
Mr Justice Floyd criticised Tom Hicks and George Gillett as
he granted anti-suit injunctions in a bid to nullify
decisions taken in the court in Dallas.
The judge said he had given a ruling in London on Wednesday
that meant the English directors of Liverpool could agree a
£300million takeover by John W Henry's New England Sporting
But before the board could make any decision, Tom Hicks, one
of the American owners, secured a temporary restraining
order from the Texas court.
Dirk Kuyt injury update
Roy Hodgson has quashed fears of a long term absence for
Dirk Kuyt and revealed that he expects the forward to return
within the next month.
The Dutch forward landed awkwardly during Holland's 4-1 win
over Sweden on Tuesday, prompting suggestions that he could
be set for a lengthy spell
on the sidelines.
However, after being assessed by the Melwood medical team,
Hodgson is confident Kuyt's ankle injury is not as serious
as it first appeared.
"The initial rumours coming out of Holland were that it was
going to be a really long injury, maybe months," Hodgson
"But our Doctor and our sports science people are much more
optimistic. They think it is more likely to be one month -
or if we are lucky three weeks.
"He seriously twisted his ankle with ligament damage and we
are going to miss him for some matches that's for sure."
He added: "He does recover very quickly and the thing about
Dirk is that he is always anxious to get back on the
football field. If it can done in three weeks it will be
three. If it can be two he'll do it in two - but we are
looking at a lay-off.
"It's disappointing because it is the second time he has
gone away with the national team and come back and missed
weeks for us."
(LFC Official Website)
Lim withdraws Reds offer
Singapore billionaire Peter Lim has withdrawn his interest
control of Liverpool.
Lim has now left the path clear for NESV to secure control
of Liverpool if they overturn the injunction after revealing
Liverpool's board and RBS bank have "chosen not to respond
or to discuss" his offer for the club.
Hicks quashes Mill Financial
'takeover deal' rumours
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has not sold his shares to Mill
Financial, the American's spokesman claimed today.
He insisted the Texan remained in control of his 50% stake
in the club, as the future of the Reds remained mired in
Mill Financial, an arm of US hedge fund Springfield
Financial Company, based in Virginia, has reportedly done a
deal with Mr Hicks to buy his shares at Anfield.
But in the last 15 minutes, a spokesman claimed there was no
truth to those reports, although he would not expand further
on Mr Hicks' or
Mill Financial's position.
Keep the faith, roars Broughton
Martin Broughton remains confident the takeover of Liverpool
will go through despite Tom Hicks and George Gillett's bid
to block the sale.
Despite the latest twist in the saga, Broughton is
optimistic that the sale will go through after accusing
Hicks and Gillett of 'trying every trick in the book'.
"They are trying every trick in the book, but keep the
faith," Broughton told
Sky Sports News HD.
Do Mill Financial
now own Liverpool?
There are now rumours that Mill Financial, who already own
George Gillett's shares, may have now also bought out Tom
Hicks' shares and own 100%
of the club.
If that is the case, and they are willing to repay RBS by
Friday's deadline, then that would put the NESV deal in
jeopardy and they could be the new owners of Liverpool
Meanwhile, Chairman Martin Broughton is to request an
injunction from Judge Justice Floyd to counteract Tom Hicks'
restraining order served in Texas last night, enabling them
to sell to NESV.
Just when we thought that the club's future looked bright,
it is certainly not yet the case. All will become clear as
the day progresses.
Reds respond to injunction
The temporary restraining order obtained by Liverpool
co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett in an attempt to stop
a takeover deal has been described as 'unwarranted and
damaging' by the club's directors.
Liverpool said in a statement on their official website on
Wednesday night: "Following the successful conclusion of
High Court proceedings today, the boards of directors of Kop
Football and Kop Holdings met tonight and resolved to
complete the sale of Liverpool FC to New England Sports
"Regrettably, Thomas Hicks and George Gillett have tonight
obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from a Texas District
Court against the independent directors, Royal Bank of
Scotland PLC and NESV to prevent the transaction being
"The independent directors consider the restraining order to
be unwarranted and damaging and will move as swiftly as
possible to seek to have it removed.
"A further statement will be made in due course."
Hicks and Gillett claim
injunction to halt Liverpool sale
Liverpool's American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett,
have tonight claimed that a Texas court has granted a
temporary restraining order stopping the proposed sale of
the club to the owners of the Boston Red Sox, calling the
attempt to sell the club an "epic swindle".
Hicks and Gillett claim they will sue the three Liverpool
board members, the bank controlling the club's debt and
prospective buyer New England Sports Ventures for a total of
$1.6bn (£1bn) in damages. The pair said that NESV's offer to
buy Liverpool was "hundreds of millions of dollars below
true market value".
Henry arrives for
Reds takeover talks
American businessman John Henry looks to be one step closer
to completing his takeover of Liverpool after arriving at
the club's board meeting.
Henry tonight travelled to the offices of Slaughter and May
in London and, when asked what it was like to nearly own the
Reds, gave reporters
a thumbs up gesture.
Carra hails fans
Jamie Carragher has hailed Liverpool fans for their efforts
to unseat unpopular owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
Speaking after a High Court decision supporting moves to
have the Reds' board reconstituted to its form as of last
week and the impending sale that will bring the vice-captain
was also optimistic about the future on as well as off the
Reflecting on three and a half turbulent years Carragher
said: "To be fair to the fans, they've got a right to
complain about the way it's gone.
"They're so passionate about the club, and rightly so. All
supporters are like that really. I think a lot of the
protests and marches have happened before and after the game
so I don't think it's affected things too much within the
"The atmosphere this season hasn't been too great because
the performances haven't been too great. When the team's
playing well and scoring goals, the supporters are delighted
to see that.
"A lot of the supporters will be delighted with the outcome
of today, and rightly so, because they've played their part
and should be proud of that.
"I'm sure this will give everyone a feel-good factor and
that can only help us on the pitch and with the atmosphere
Gerrard hails court verdict
Steven Gerrard has today spoken of his delight following the
result of the court hearing held in London this morning.
The Reds skipper believes the ruling is positive news for
the club and is now focused on moving towards a bright
Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.tv: "It's a fantastic result and
credit needs to go to Christian, Ian and the Chairman who
have worked so hard on this.
"It seems things are nearly sorted off the pitch so we need
to start getting them right on it by getting three points at
Goodison on Sunday.
"I know how frustrated the fans have been with what has been
going on and I can understand their feelings. But we've all
suffered in this, especially the supporters, and now it's
time for us all to pull together and help move the club
(LFC Official Website)
Kuyt injury latest – bad news
Dirk Kuyt and Liverpool face an axious wait for test results
to determine the full extent of his ankle injury, with Kuyt
himself “fearing the worst”.
Kuyt pulled up in the 29th minute of Holland’s 4-1 victory
over Sweden last night with the ankle problem, and it looks
as if it could be bad ligament damage.
Kuyt said today, ‘The swelling is so bad that it will take
three to four days
to be sure.
“But I fear the worst. You know your own body. It doesn’t
feel good. In fact the doctors have the same feeling. I’ve
probably torn ankle ligaments, they say. Lets hope that they
and I are wrong.”
Should Kuyt be suffering from ligament damage, he could face
a spell on sidelines for at least three months, with some
reports suggesting he could miss most of the rest of the
Roy Hodgson also has injury worries about Daniel Agger, who
suffered a reoccurrence of a groin problem whilst playing
for Denmark last night, but Fernando Torres is winning his
fitness race ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside Derby clash with
(This is Anfield)
Experts say Lim bid
too late for Liverpool
Experts are convinced Liverpool will sell to NESV.
Financial expert David Buik of BGC partners believes there
is no way Liverpool will not be sold to NESV.
Yesterday's improved bid from Peter Lim had raised some
uncertainly over whether the takeover process was as cut and
dried as it seemed.
But Buik believes Friday's upcoming deadline for the
repayment of the RBS loan means time is of the essence and
there is no time to carry out due diligence on another
NESV claim agreement reached
New England Sports Ventures (NESV) claim to have a binding
agreement to buy Liverpool Football Club.
The American company, who own the Boston Red Sox baseball
team, have seen a £300million takeover bid accepted by the
Torres boost for Reds
Liverpool have received a welcome lift after Fernando Torres
returned to training on Wednesday ahead of Sunday's
The Spanish striker picked up a groin strain during the
Reds' humiliating home defeat to Blackpool earlier this
month, putting him out of action over
the international break.
However, Liverpool's head of sports science and sports
medicine Peter Brukner says the 26-year-old is making
excellent progress and could feature in Roy Hodgson's
line-up at Everton this weekend.
Malaga in contact with
Liverpool winger Babel
Malaga have made contact with the
minders of Ryan Babel about a January move for the Liverpool
Purslow declares LFC
“back to business”
Liverpool Managing Director Christian Purslow says it is
“back to business” after today’s court judgement ruled in
favour of the club and
the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett were told they
did not have the power to remove Purslow and Commecial
Director Ian Ayre from the club’s board, and so the board
may sell the club to who they wish.
Purslow said after the hearing at London’s high court, “RBS
were granted a mandatory injunction which effectively means
that the removal of Ian Ayre and myself was not valid and
the board is exactly what it was before the Owners sought to
“We are absolutely delighted at this result. We can now get
back to the business, as a board, of looking after our
football club and that’s what we are going to do."
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remain on the pitch
TEAMtalk warns Liverpool supporters that they still face a
"long and winding road" back to the top despite Wednesday's
High Court verdict.
The unpopular pairing of Tom Hicks and George Gillett may
not be the only losers from the changes now being proposed
The cheers from fans outside the High Court in London when
they learned that Mr Justice Floyd had cleared the way for
the sale of the club, spoke volumes for their support.
But while they may have finally rid themselves of the duo,
they have no guarantees that the incoming owners will
provide them with the real salvation they crave and deserve.
Reds board to discuss bids
Martin Broughton has revealed that the Liverpool board will
meet to discuss all bids for the club on Wednesday evening.
The Reds chairman was speaking as he left the High Court
following a ruling which has paved the way for a takeover of
the club to be put in place.
High Court rules
against Hicks and Gillett
A High Court judge has ruled against Liverpool co-owners Tom
Hicks and George Gillett, paving the way for a takeover of
the club by NESV.
Hicks and Gillett asked a judge to delay the hearing of an
application by creditors Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for
mandatory orders paving the way for
a possible sale this week.
But the plea was rejected by Mr Justice Floyd, sitting at
the High Court in London.
At RBS's request, the judge imposed injunctions on the two
men requiring them to restore the original constitutions of
the companies and managing directors.
This removes the final stumbling block to a £300million
takeover by New England Sports Ventures (NESV), which will
see the RBS recoup its original £237million loan to Mr Hicks
and Mr Gillett when they bought the club in March 2007.
Gerrard frustrated with draw
Steven Gerrard couldn’t hide his frustration after England
were held to a goalless draw by Montenegro in their Euro
2012 qualifier at Wembley on Tuesday night.
The dynamic Liverpool midfielder and Glen Johnson played the
full 90 minutes and Joe Cole didn't make the bench, and it
was a disappointing night for
Fabio Capello's side.
"You have got to give credit to Montenegro as they defended
really well," he said.
"The manager asked for a little bit more speed and tempo in
the second half and to keep pushing.
"We tried a few long balls in a bid to find the breakthrough
but the goal never came; we had the penalty incidents and
the keeper made a good save but I felt we were unlucky."
The Reds skipper also felt England were denied a blatant
penalty after several appeals in the second half.
He added: "I saw the first one very clearly and the referee
was really close to it, so I was surprised he didn't give
"We are disappointed but we will move on again."
(LFC Official Website)