Premier League chairmen give warm welcome
to prospective new Liverpool owners
A host of Premier League chairmen have insisted Liverpool's
prospective new owners should be welcomed with open arms.
New England Sports Ventures, owners of the Boston Red Sox,
have had a £300million offer accepted by the Liverpool board
- though against the wishes of current owners Tom Hicks and
George Gillett who have launched legal action to try to stop
There have been some reservations expressed by Liverpool
fans about replacing one set of American owners with
another, but Buck said NESV should be given a chance to
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: ''It depends on what the
objective of a foreign owner is - if they are in a position
to recognise the history and traditions of what they are
buying then I'd say let's welcome them with open arms.''
Liverpool owner's legal
challenge 'likely to fail'
Tom Hicks and George Gillett's legal bid to thwart the
takeover of Liverpool is likely to end in failure according
to an insolvency expert.
Hicks and Gillett argue Liverpool's directors have
dramatically undervalued the club by agreeing a £300m sale
to New England Sports Ventures.
But Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton says that he has the
final say when it comes to the sale of the club.
"The directors have the momentum," Guy Thomas of SA Law told
(BBC Sport Online)
Football takeover talk is common place in the modern game
and since the inception and incredible growth of the Premier
League, it's become synonymous with the do or die quest for
But what is happening at Liverpool today is something
totally out of the ordinary and in fact unprecedented in
By agreeing in principle to the sale of Liverpool Football
Club to the owners of the Boston Red Sox, the majority of
the board of directors at Anfield are totally at odds with
the two American owners of the club.
(Mike Hughes - BBC Radio Merseyside Sport Reporter)
Gillett and Hicks stand
to lose £144m from Liverpool sale
The Liverpool co-owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, stand
to lose their £144m loans in Liverpool if the proposed sale
of the club to John W Henry's New England Sports Ventures
group goes through next week.
The deal with Henry is valued at £300m which incorporates
£200m to repay debt owed to the Royal Bank of Scotland, £40m
to cover non-banking liabilities and £60m in debts relating
to the planned development of the proposed new Anfield
stadium in Stanley Park.
Carra reacts to sale news
Jamie Carragher believes a takeover by New England Sports
Ventures would be great news for Liverpool fans.
The club's Board have agreed the sale of the club subject to
Premier League approval, resolution of a dispute concerning
Board membership and other matters.
And Carragher told Liverpoolfc.tv: "Everyone knows it'll be
a good thing
for the club.
"Hopefully it will be sorted sooner rather than later and we
can start looking forward on the pitch and start improving
results, which is what we need to do."
(LFC Official Website)
LFC sale with caution
Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson has spoken of his
delight that the club is on the verge of sale, but issues
caution with the new owners.
Thompson sounded very upbeat in an interview with Sky Sports
News saying the sale, and exit of Tom Hicks and George
Gillett from the club, will give Anfield it’s “feelgood
He said, “The new owners have to be given a chance, yes they
are purchasing the club for a lot less than other owners and
yes there’s a lot of work to do, but let’s hope there’s some
good news in the next two weeks."
(This is Anfield)
LFC takeover latest –
Broughton reveals sale details
Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton says he is hopeful the
deal to sell the club to New England Sports Ventures will go
through in the next week.
Broughton faces a legal challenge from current owners Tom
Hicks and George Gillett who are looking to block the sale
in hope they can hold out for more money with nine days left
to pay the £285million owed to the Royal Bank of Scotland.
It also emerged this lunchtime that a rival bid from an
Asian-based consortium was turned down in favour of the bid
from the American firm, who own
the Boston Red Sox.
(This is Anfield)
How Anfield board meeting
sparked LFC civil war
The cicil war engulfing Liverpool FC’s board looks set to
rumble on as the future of the club is decided by lawyers.
The first shot was fired yesterday by Tom Hicks and George
Gillett as they sensationally tried to sack managing
director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre
from the board.
Broughton intervened and convened a board meeting in which
Hicks declined to take part – but at which Gillett had a
The ECHO understands meetings continued through the night
culminating with today’s statement that the sale of the club
to NESV had been agreed.
Liverpool hoping for
an American dream
Liverpool fans will be praying that prospective new owner
John W Henry can replicate the impact he had at Boston Red
Sox - by quickly winning the Premier League title to end a
drought which seems certain to stretch up to at
least 22 years.
While Liverpool fans could be forgiven for being
apprehensive at being bought out by another American after
such a disastrous three years, the initial signs are
positive. Any deal which removes the albatross of leveraged
debt is a good start.
turbulent Kop years
With their ill-fated tenure at Anfield set to end - and not
without a fight - Goal.com UK charts the disastrous reign of
'Uncle George and Tom'...
No points penalty possible
for Reds, say Premier League
The Premier League will not dock points from Liverpool if
the club’s American owners’ company Kop Holdings goes into
administration next week, it can
A Premier League source said: “The aim of the regulations is
primarily to capture clubs who have gone into insolvency.
This is manifestly not the case with Liverpool Football
John W Henry: A profile of
Liverpool's prospective new owner
Supporters of Liverpool may be wary of another American
owner, but in John W Henry they have a very different breed
to Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
The quiet, reserved 61-year-old made his fortune in hedge
funds, but has used it to indulge his sporting interests,
most famously with the Boston Red Sox baseball team, but
also in the NASCAR motorsport series.
The self-made multi-millionaire does not have the serious
money of the Premier League's wealthiest owners, with his
fortune rated at $860m (£540m) before dipping in the credit
crunch, but he does have an excellent track record of
success with his teams.
(Press Association - guardian.co.uk)
Tom Hicks and George Gillett
statement on Liverpool FC sale bids
Tom Hicks and George Gillett issued a statement in response
to any sale late last night, outlining their opposition to
the bids received so far.
It added the bids received dramatically undervalue the club,
in their opinion.
Red Sox deal for Reds
Liverpool have confirmed that a takeover deal has been
agreed with the owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
New England Sports Ventures (NESV), the parent company of
the Red Sox, have seen a bid accepted by the Anfield board.
Current Liverpool owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks had
vowed to 'resist any attempt to sell the club without due
process or agreement', and have not given their consent for
a deal to be pushed through.
However, the Reds have been able to put an agreement in
place - although the sale is still conditional on Premier
League approval, resolution of the dispute concerning board
membership and other matters.
Board agree proposed sale
Liverpool Football Club today announces that the Board has
agreed the sale of the Club to New England Sports Ventures
New England Sports Ventures currently owns a portfolio of
companies including the Boston Red Sox, New England Sports
Network, Fenway Sports Group and Roush Fenway Racing.
(Liverpool Football Club)
Reds games changed for TV
The following Liverpool fixtures have been moved after being
selected for television.
LIVERPOOL v ASTON VILLA
This game will now be played at Anfield on Monday, December
6, kick-off 8pm, and will be shown live on Sky Sports.
NEWCASTLE UNITED v LIVERPOOL
This game is to be played at St James' Park on Saturday,
December 11, kick-off 5.30pm, and will be shown live by
LIVERPOOL v FULHAM
This game to be played at Anfield on Saturday, December 18,
kick-off 5.30pm, and will be shown live by ESPN.
LIVERPOOL v WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
This game will now be played at Anfield on Wednesday,
December 29, kick-off 8pm, and will be shown live on Sky
(LFC Official Website)
Aquilani for £10m
Juventus want to take Liverpool’s Alberto Aquilani
permanently for a cut-price
Liverpool FC statement
Liverpool Football Club tonight issued the following press
The Board of Directors have received two excellent financial
offers to buy the Club that would repay all its long-term
debt. A Board meeting was called today to review these bids
and approve a sale. Shortly prior to the meeting, the owners
- Tom Hicks and George Gillett - sought to remove Managing
Director Christian Purslow and Commercial Director Ian Ayre
from the Board, seeking to replace them with Mack Hicks and
Lori Kay McCutheon.
(Liverpool Football Club)
Two new bids
on table for Reds
Two new bids have been tabled for Liverpool, one of which is
from the owners of the Boston Red Sox, according to reports.
It is understood that Liverpool's board and chairman Martin
Broughton were in favour of recommending both of the new
bids for consideration after meeting on Tuesday, but that
plan was met with disagreement from the owners.
Alongside the bid from the group behind successful MLB
franchise the Red Sox, another offer has been tabled from a
Far East consortium.
The Red Sox are run by New England Sports Ventures, a group
headed by John William Henry II and Tom Werner.
How supporters of the five-time European champions would
react to further involvement from across the Atlantic after
their current American experience remains to be seen.
Babel features as Reds lose
Ryan Babel played the full 90 minutes as Liverpool Reserves
slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to West Ham on Tuesday
The Dutch winger led the line alongside Nathan Eccleston but
could not find the spark to inspire the second-string who
went down to a second straight loss courtesy of Benni
McCarthy's 79th minute penalty.
It was a bitter blow for John McMahon's side who shaded the
majority of the encounter but paid the price for a series of
missed opportunities, leaving them with just five points
from as many matches so far this season.
Liverpool Reserves: Jones, Flanagan, Robinson, Darby, Coady,
Irwin, Spearing, Ince (Amoo 46), Pacheco, Eccleston, Babel.
Unused Subs: Hansen, Roberts, Bruna, Suso.
(LFC Official Website)
Kirdi loses interest in Reds
The pressure on Liverpool's owners to find a buyer before an
October 15 deadline has increased after one potential buyer
claimed there was no "logic" in their high asking price.
Canada-based Syrian investor Yahya Kirdi said the group he
is representing has shelved plans to buy the club.
Kirdi told Bloomberg: "Right now is not the time for me and
my group to enter into any negotiations.
"Once everyone is united and there's logic in the price and
the overall deal, me and my group will be prepared to return
to the table."
Luke Young happy
with Reds snub
Aston Villa defender Luke Young thinks he was right to snub
a transfer to Liverpool in the summer.
The full-back was wanted by Roy Hodgson but opted against a
move and has gone on to play in all of Villa's Premier
League games so far this season.
Liverpool instead signed Paul Konchesky, but the former
Fulham player has not been able to help his new club in a
torrid period both on an off the field.
In contrast, Villa occupy eighth position in the table and
Young is glad he has been playing a regular role in his
club's positive start to the campaign.
"I just felt that I perhaps had more of a chance, if I could
get my head down and keep going, of getting in the first
team at Aston Villa than I did of getting in at Liverpool,"
he said in the Daily Mirror.
"At 31, I didn't really want to go anywhere and, on
matchday, feel I was there
as a back-up.
"I pretty much knew that with Glen Johnson the England No 1
right-back at Anfield, I'd be watching in the Premier League
and maybe playing in Europe.
"I had the feeling the offer was as kind of a back-up for
left-back and right-back."
Roy: Why I can
turn it around
Roy Hodgson has total confidence that he can guide Liverpool
up the Barclays Premier League table over the coming months.
The boss - voted Manager of the Year by his peers at the
League Managers' Association in May - was asked by
journalists following our 2-1 defeat to Blackpool whether he
had any doubts over his ability to turn things around
He replied: "I don't think you go from being as feted as I
was in May to suddenly losing any abilities I have three
months later. It's a question that's going to get asked but
it shouldn't really be asked by people who've been in
football for a long time, because they know that in football
you have good moments and bad moments."
(LFC Official Website)
Torres is a derby doubt
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is already a doubt for the
most significant Merseyside derby for years after it was
confirmed he had strained an adductor muscle – a similar
injury to the one he sustained in the World Cup final.
The Spain striker limped off after just 10 minutes of the
2-1 defeat to Blackpool
at Anfield on Sunday.
Manager Roy Hodgson said the 26-year-old had strained his
groin but did not know the severity of the injury.
Torres pulled out of Spain’s squad for the forthcoming Euro
2012 qualifiers against Lithuania and Scotland earlier today
and had a scan at the club’s Melwood training ground.
“Fernando was assessed earlier today at Melwood and
underwent a scan this afternoon,” said Dr Peter Brukner,
head of sports medicine and sports science.
“He will have intensive treatment over the next couple of
weeks but it is too early to say if he will be fit for the
game against Everton.”
Hodgson must fight
for Anfield affection
Roy Hodgson is struggling to keep his head above water at
Liverpool - and TEAMtalk thinks he faces a battle for his
With one word the Liverpool faithful cast their vote on the
new regime of Roy Hodgson - and it was not favourable.
As the Reds slumped to defeat at home to Premier League
newcomers Blackpool, the sound rolled down off the Kop:
"Dalglish, Dalglish, Dalglish".
They were referring to their beloved 'King Kenny', sitting
in the main stand. The man who offered to come to the club's
aid in their hour of need but was put firmly and squarely in
his place by chairman Martin Broughton and chief executive
Liverpool's squad cannot be
blamed for Roy Hodgson's troubles
Even after defeat to Blackpool at Anfield, even after
reviewing a league table which ranks Liverpool the 18th best
team in the league, even after seeing another atrocious
performance, even after hearing the chants for Dalglish,
nobody even tried to ask Roy Hodgson whether he was
considering bringing his 14-game tenure on Merseyside to an
Everyone knew the answer, anyway. Hodgson would not dream of
committing an act tantamount to cowardice.
A man of short fuse, he would treat such an enquiry with
disdain. Nobody at the club has even whispered the
suggestion that he may not be long for this job, that his
reign in the Boot Room will not last beyond the autumn.
(Rory Smith - Telegraph.co.uk)
Jovanovic denies reports
Liverpool attacker Milan Jovanovic has denied making claims
that he is unsettled at the club.
The 29-year-old Serbia international was reported as saying
earlier in the month that he was becoming frustrated at
Anfield, as the Reds continue to endure a frustrating start
to the season.
Roy Hodgson's men fell to Premier League new-boys Blackpool
on Sunday, a game in which Jovanovic came off the bench, but
the former Standard Liege man denies claiming he wants to
"I haven't spoken to any journalists other than Liverpool's
own club journalists," he told the club's official website.
"I am angry. I am new here and all I'm trying to do is work
and do what's best for the team. It's not important that I
am on the bench.
"I have signed a contract for three years and I want to stay
for three years.
"I feel very good at Liverpool and better players than me
sit on the bench whether it's here or anywhere else. I have
to learn and work to be better -
it's not a problem.
"I expected a challenge. I expected sometimes to be in the
"And also, I don't want to speak about myself - it's much
more important to talk about the team."
Fairclough: Thank you all
Kop legend David Fairclough today
thanked the many well wishers who have sent him messages of
support following a heart scare.
The former Reds striker was taken to hospital at the weekend
and is now
on the road to recovery.
Speaking exclusively to Liverpoolfc.tv, Fairclough said:
"I'm really flattered with the support and also embarrassed
by the reaction.
"I'm extremely gobsmacked and humbled by the messages I've
received and I would like to thank everybody for their kind
words and best wishes.
"All things being equal I will be up and about by the end of
the week and back on LFC TV for 'Big Match Build Up' ahead
of the Merseyside derby."
(LFC Official Website)
Cole recalled by England
Joe Cole has been recalled to the England squad for the Euro
2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on Tuesday,
Liverpool's No.10 hasn't been selected by Fabio Capello
since being part of his squad for the World Cup, and he
joins Anfield teammates Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson in
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Robert Green
(West Ham United), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Defenders: Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton),
Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United),
Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea),
Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Joe Cole
(Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone
(Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Aaron
Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Shaun
Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Aston
Forwards: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham
Hotspur), Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers), Wayne Rooney
(LFC Official Website)
Torres pulls out of Spain
squad with groin injury
Fernando Torres has pulled out of the Spain squad for their
upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Lithuania and
Scotland. It comes after the Liverpool striker was forced
off after just 10 minutes of yesterday's defeat to Blackpool
because of a groin problem.
Liverpool's first match after the international break, as
they look to haul themselves out of the Premier League
relegation zone, is the Merseyside derby against Everton on
Ray calls for Clemency
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence believes it is
"crazy" for people to start calling for manager Roy Hodgson
to be replaced.
The Reds are mired in 18th in the table with just one win
and six points from seven matches.
However, Clemence said the new boss, who only took over on
July 1, should be given time considering off-field ownership
issues are at the root of many of the club's problems.
"Roy Hodgson said yesterday was disappointing - that is
probably an understatement at the moment," the ex-England
Sky Sports News.
"No-one expected them to be where they are in the table,
although everybody expected a transitional year.
"It's crazy to talk about getting rid of him - they've got
an excellent manager who will get things right given time
"But his hands are tied and the thing is nothing can be
sorted lower down until the top end of the club is sorted
"It's time to stay together and be patient, keep feet on the
ground and make sensible decisions. I'm sure they will be
able to climb again.
Former defender Gary Gillespie, who won a European Cup and
three championships with the club, agreed with Clemence.
"It's easy to make changes and criticise people but you have
to give Roy a little bit more time," he told talkSPORT.
Kuyt sorry for
Anfield horror show
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has apologised to the club's
fans after the 2-1 defeat to Blackpool at Anfield yesterday
"It was really, really disappointing," said the Dutchman,
who was by no means the worst player on the pitch.
"It's probably one of the hardest defeats I've had to take
since I've been here and we're sorry for the fans."
ready YouTube protest
Liverpool fans have stepped up their campaign to oust the
club’s current owners by starring in a viral alongside
actors Ricky Tomlinson and Joe McGann.
The YouTube clip is to launch on Tuesday and will feature
supporters venting their anger over the £237m debt that the
club’s current owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett have
saddled the club with.
Earlier reports had suggested that the film would feature
Hollywood stars and Liverpool fans including Mike Myers,
Samuel L Jackson and Daniel Craig but it is not thought that
they were at the filming.
2010-11 is Liverpool FC’s worst
start to a season for 57 years
Liverpool's start to the current campaign is statistically
their worst since their ill-fated 1953-54 season which saw
the club relegated into the Second Division.
Disjointed, dispirited, heartless -
Liverpool FC’s on-field crisis continues
And so a three-year crisis off the field has now been joined
by a three-month crisis on it. Roy Hodgson has been in the
post as manager of Liverpool for less than 100 days.
Yet already there are diehard supporters on the Kop who have
clearly lost faith in him, as well as some who had little or
none to begin with.
Yesterday once again saw diehard Reds supporters marching
upon Anfield before the match to demand once and for all the
end to the Tom Hicks and
George Gillett era.
A good number of them too, were urging that current managing
director Christian Purslow should follow him out of the
Make no mistake, these are awful, unprecedented and
uncharacteristic times for Liverpool and their supporters,
who are increasingly divided by factionalism and fury over
how things got to this - and how they might be sorted.
But by 5pm last night, it was clear the anger from the Kop
had far more to do with football, rather than finance or
felons in the boardroom.
Because what Liverpool and their manager are serving up to
the supporters right now is worse than shoddy.
It is disjointed, dispirited and heartless.
(John Thompson - Liverpool Echo)
Chant of Dalglish, not boos,
is the most telling in home defeat
Never mind the jeers at half-time and full-time, the
desperate performance from his players or a dire defeat that
plunges Liverpool into the relegation mire.
It is instead a single word from a hugely disgruntled Kop
that could ultimately have the greater ramifications for
beleaguered Anfield manager Roy Hodgson.
There, in a spontaneous outburst, a section of Liverpool’s
disillusioned, frustrated supporters passed verdict on the
new manager yesterday.
Losing games and losing face is one thing.
But losing the fans, especially just 94 days into a
tumultuous reign, has become a very real possibility for
Hodgson after a poor start to the Premier League campaign
plumbed new depths with home defeat to promoted Blackpool.
(Ian Doyle - Liverpool Daily Post)
Roy Hodgson must act to stop rot
at Liverpool following Blackpool defeat
Roy Hodgson knows well enough that the buck will always stop
with the manager, but the truth of Liverpool’s defeat
against Blackpool is that the 11 players who started the
game should be embarrassed.
They were wearing red shirts at Anfield and produced a
totally unacceptable performance in a defeat that left
Liverpool in the relegation zone. It was an embarrassment.
Forget about the history and tradition of the club. Pride
also comes into it, but if the pride isn’t there among the
players, then there is not a lot of hope for the club.
Results are the manager’s responsibility and Roy knows that
and that is why he is now being subjected to criticism from
the supporters. The owners have also left the club in a
mess, so that is another big problem.
But it is up to the players to show anybody and everybody
that they have the passion to turn this around and that must
start when they play Everton in their next game following
the international break.
(Alan Hansen - Telegraph.co.uk)
David Fairclough in hospital
Rumours were swirling earlier that Liverpool
legend “Super Sub” David Fairclough has been admitted to
hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Unfortunately it looks like the rumours were true however
thankfully David’s condition was described as mild and looks
like he should be released from hospital on Wednesday.
(Empire Of The Kop)