Liverpool takeover: Nine-point
deduction may scupper £300m deal
Liverpool's prospective owners New England Sports Ventures
[NESV] may pull out of the proposed £300 million takeover if
next week's court case rules that the club must enter
Liverpool’s proposed sale to NESV could break down because
the American company fears the club will be placed in
administration and suffer
a nine-point penalty.
It has been reported that NESV is alarmed by the idea,
having been given assurances that it was an extremely
unlikely scenario when the company agreed a deal to buy the
Kenny won't rule out management
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish
has refused to rule out a return to management if he is
offered a "suitable" opportunity.
Dalglish, who was overlooked for the Liverpool job this
summer in favour of Roy Hodgson, has been linked with the
Anfield role again as pressure grows on Hodgson following a
disappointing start to the season.
Dalglish is currently working as an ambassador for
Liverpool's academy and although he is happy in that role he
has not dismissed the possibility of returning to management
at the highest level.
"First of all you need to be asked, second it needs to be
suitable if you were asked," Dalglish told Reuters when
asked if he wanted to manage for the first time since 2000.
"Because you don't say 'No', people think you say 'Yes' but
that is not necessarily true either.
"I wouldn't say anything other than I am really happy at the
moment. There is nothing definitive either way."
Young Reds lose at Blackburn
Liverpool's U18s went down to a 3-2 defeat at Blackburn
on Saturday afternoon.
The young Reds led at the interval thanks to a strike from
Adam Morgan and could have been two ahead had Raheem
Sterling's earlier effort not been ruled out for offside.
But the home side hit back after the break with an
equalising goal from Jamie MacLaren and then took the lead
from the penalty spot after a hotly disputed handball
Things got worse for Rodolfo Borrell's men when Matthew
Regan was sent off for the Reds, before MacLaren netted
again to give Blackburn a two-goal cushion.
Adam Morgan netted his and Liverpool's second late on, but
it wasn't enough to salvage anything from the match - and to
compound the Reds' misery Craig Roddan was shown a red card
after the final whistle.
Liverpool: Stephens, Poor, McGiveron, Sama, Regan, Coady,
Sterling, Roddan, Morgan, Roberts, Silva. Subs: Aylmer,
Belford, Sumner, Walsh, Mukendi.
(LFC Official Website)
Hodgson release clause
Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has confirmed to
ESPNsoccernet that the future of manager Roy Hodgson
following a takeover is catered for in the provisions of his
Prospective owners New England Sports Ventures (NESV), led
by John W Henry, plans to sit down with Hodgson once the
deal is complete to discuss his vision for Liverpool's
In an exclusive interview with ESPNsoccernet, Broughton
revealed: "Roy knew when he signed up from Fulham that we
were in the process of finding new owners, it was not a
surprise to him. He was fully reconciled with the
possibility there would be an ownership chance and the risk
involved with that.
"But Roy is self confident and was, when he signed up,
confident he was capable of doing the job at Liverpool. With
that in mind provisions were made in Roy's contract to
relate specifically to any change in ownership."
Hodgson will have to prove himself to the new owners.
Broughton added: "I would full expect Roy to continue as
manager and there has been no indication to me to suggest
otherwise. However, as we all know, at the end of the day,
everything depends on results."
Stevie hails Jonjo start
Steven Gerrard today insisted Liverpool youngster Jonjo
Shelvey can look forward to a bright future at Anfield.
The England U19 midfielder has made a promising start to his
Reds' career since arriving from Charlton in the summer, and
was one of the few positives to come out of the Carling Cup
defeat to Northampton when he made an impressive
contribution as a late substitute and then confidently
slotted home his penalty in the shoot-out.
Gerrard admits Shelvey still has a lot to learn - but he
believes the early signs are more than encouraging.
"When Jonjo came on against Northampton I thought he did
really well," he said.
"He put some dangerous balls into their box and just that
piece of action will have done him the world of good as he
moves forward. It'll give him the confidence to try and
shift people from the first eleven.
"He is a talented player. He's still young and still a baby
in football terms but if he keeps learning - not just from
me but from everyone in the squad, people who are older than
him and have been there and done it before - his game will
continue to get better and better."
(LFC Official Website)
Broughton admits admin fears
Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton admits the club could
end up in administration next week.
The Reds' future will be decided in the High Court on
Tuesday, as Broughton battles with the club's owners George
Gillett and Tom Hicks over the proposed sale of the club to
New England Sports Ventures.
Should RBS call in their debts, then that would see
Liverpool enter administration which would also see a
nine-point deduction in the Premier League.
"It [administration] could happen, yes," Broughton told the
Broughton admits the consequences of administration would be
"Going into administration needs to be avoided at all costs,
as the negative impact would be catastrophic," he said.
Nicol gives NESV thumbs up
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes NESV will be good
owners of the Reds.
Nicol, currently a coach in America's Major League Soccer,
believes the proposed new owners of the club will be a good
fit at Anfield.
Nicol has been coach of New England Revolution since 2002,
the same year NESV took over the Boston Red Sox baseball
franchise, and has been able to witness first hand what
effect and success they have had.
"As a member of the Liverpool family, I am excited to hear
that new owners may be taking over at Liverpool," said the
"My understanding of this group is that they have protected
and nurtured the history and tradition of one of America's
beloved teams, while bringing championships to the
"As a former player for, and now supporter of, Liverpool
this is the type of ownership group Liverpool should be
looking to take the club back to where it rightfully
Euro joy for Raul and Dirk
Anfield duo Raul Meireles and Dirk Kuyt were both
celebrating last night after helping their countries to
victory in 2012 European Championship qualifiers.
Meireles played all 90 minutes for Portugal as two goals
from Nani and another from Cristiano Ronaldo helped secure a
3-1 victory over Denmark.
Kuyt also completed the match as Holland picked up three
points with a 1-0 win
Portugal travel to Iceland for their second fixture in this
international round of games next Tuesday while Holland will
(LFC Official Website)
Scout: Reds chasing
four new player
Liverpool scout Jakob Friis-Hansen has hinted the club are
looking to bring in four new players in the January transfer
Dane Friis-Hansen is currently in his homeland after
watching Lyngby's clash with FC Nordsjaelland, where he was
thought to be watching young trio Kim Aabech, Lasse Rise and
Emil Larsen in action.
However, Friis-Hansen denied he was interested in the
players and had just visited the club to see an old friend,
admitting in the process that he is looking for several
first-team players to join the ranks at Anfield.
"I played with an old friend in Lyngby and have many good
friends at the club, and because you have seen me up there,
it does not mean that I am interested in their players. It
is not what we need now," Friis-Hansen told bold.dk.
"The results are now important in Liverpool, it is first
priority to get four prominent players in the next window
for the first team. Players who can go into
the starting line-up.
"Roy (Hodgson) will hopefully get some money to work with. I
will work in Italy, Germany, France, Belgium and Holland and
will this year also be going to Spain for Liverpool and it
is solely for the first team.
"It is a shame for Roy to get such a start, for there is no
doubt that he is a really good coach. But it has been a
tough start, because you did not know and still do not know
what will happen with the club financially.
"I can hopefully go out and look at players in the highest
price category at a time. But we will see."
Premier League back
The Premier League have given the go-ahead to New England
Sports Ventures (NESV)'s takeover of Liverpool.
The green light to the takeover by the American company,
owners of the Boston Red Sox, means that only the High Court
action by current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett stands
in the way of the £300m deal going through.
The league said in a statement: 'The Premier League has met
with the owners and directors of NESV regarding their
proposed takeover of Liverpool FC and has received details,
in accordance with Premier League rules, of the proposed
company and ownership structure as well as the make-up of
the new board.
'The Premier League is satisfied, with the information
provided, that the individuals NESV intend to put in place
in the event they complete their takeover of Liverpool FC
meet the criteria set out in our owners' and directors'
'The board of the Premier League will continue working with
Liverpool FC in regard to this process, however, we are
aware that the formal completion of this takeover is yet to
be resolved and it is therefore inappropriate for us to
offer any further comment at this time.'
face points deduction
Liverpool are likely to face a nine-point deduction if its
parent company Kop Holdings goes into administration next
week, BBC Sport understands.
League rules say a points deduction can be used if a parent
company insolvency is caused by the club's management.
Sources suggest owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett would
struggle to argue that the running of the football club had
not affected the holding company.
Liverpool could enter administration if a sale is not agreed
by 15 October.
(BBC sports news)
Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has aimed a swipe at
Manchester City, saying his club's prospective new owners
will provide a profitable future at Anfield.
Broughton believes prospective new owner John Henry will
provide 'rational' leadership at Liverpool and that the club
will be in position for the new Uefa fair play regulations,
which are set to come into effect in 2012.
"A hugely important aspect for Liverpool is [Uefa's]
financial fair play rules. They come into effect pretty damn
soon, and will have a massive effect on many, many clubs,"
"Taking a rational, commercial approach to success is
absolutely the right way forward, and that is what New
England will do. They have demonstrated that already in
their model at Boston."
Council throws stadium
plans into doubt
Liverpool City Council has hinted that they would make plans
to develop Anfield difficult for Liverpool Football Club and
its new owners.
Should the pending deal from New England Sports Ventures go
through next week in the High Court – where current owners
Tom Hicks and George Gillett are contesting the sale – the
new American owners want to spend £100million on increasing
capacity at the club’s current stadium.
But councilor Joe Anderson, who has welcomed NESV’s
£300million purchase of the club, says the city would favour
a new stadium over redevelopments.
(This is Anfield)
Owen hoping new owners bring
good times back to Liverpool
Manchester United striker Michael Owen hopes the new owners
at Liverpool can bring back the glory days.
Liverpool are on the brink of a new takeover and Owen
claimed the Anfield club will rise again once the
contentious issue of their ownership is resolved.
“Just as results can turn around, a change in fortune can
turn a club around,”
“If Liverpool got taken over by a really wealthy person or
group, just like Manchester City or Chelsea, things could
“Sometimes it takes a step or two backwards to go forwards,
so you never know what might happen next with Liverpool, but
at the moment it’s hard for their fans.
“Any team can be languishing near the bottom after half a
dozen or so games. That can happen. But obviously not
everything is right at Liverpool.
“There are well-documented problems off the field and it’s
all culminating at the moment. They’re not getting results
on the field, the fans aren’t happy and there are different
disturbances off the field.
“They were seen as one of the title contenders at the start
of the season, so from United’s point of view it’s good when
they get beaten by the likes of Blackpool, which was a major
Lucas aids Brazil win
Lucas Leiva helped Brazil to a 3-0 win over Iran on
The Liverpool man played 81 minutes in Abu Dhabi as goals
from Daniel Alves, Alexandre Pato and Nilmar secured the
Meanwhile, Danny Wilson lasted the distance as Scotland lost
2-1 to Iceland, for whom Victor Palsson was an unused
The scoreline means the Scots have work to do in the second
leg at Easter Road on Monday if they are to reach the finals
of the U21 European Championships.
(LFC Official Website)
Red army set to flock to London
for LFC's High Court D-day
A Red army is set to flock to London for what is being
billed as the most important days in Liverpool FC history.
D-Day is expected next week when hundreds of supporters will
descend on the High Court for the club’s critical ownership
Liverpool are currently preparing a heavyweight legal case
with solicitors Slaughter and May as they seek a declaratory
judgement to formally seal the £300m Reds sale to New
England Sports Ventures (NESV), owners of
the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
If Tom Hicks and George Gillett decide to attend the Royal
Courts of Justice in person to oppose the move, the
Americans have been promised
a warm reception.
Liverpool fan groups said many of them were planning to line
the streets of the Strand in the capital.
Chairman holds the cards but
Tom Hicks vows to come out fighting
Tom Hicks, the embattled co-owner of Liverpool, maintained
today that he will fight the high court action launched by
the Anfield chairman, Martin Broughton, to force the
American to sell the club to New England Sports Ventures,
the owners of the Boston Red Sox.
Reds face risk of points deduction
Liverpool would be at risk of a nine-point deduction if the
owners' holding company is put into administration, it
Initially it had been thought the Premier League would not
penalise the club for Kop Holdings becoming insolvent, but
now the threat of a points deduction has become a serious
Dr Rogan Taylor calls on NESV
to agree £50m fans’ stake at Liverpool
Dr Rogan Taylor, the University of Liverpool academic who
founded the ‘Share Liverpool’ scheme in 2008 to raise cash
for a fan-led buyout at Anfield, has told
sportingintelligence today that the potential new owners of
the club, New England Sports Ventures, must “differentiate
themselves from Tom Hicks and George Gillett” by making firm
pledges on supporter ownership of the club.
Taylor says he wants a firm commitment from NESV – headed by
the Boston Red Sox co-owner, John W Henry – that NESV would
be prepared to discuss let fans buy a “significant stake” in
the club, perhaps as much as 25 per cent, as and when fans
can raise £50m or a similarly significant sum.
Roy's methods aren't working with
Liverpool's potential new owners New England Sports Ventures
have reassured Roy Hodgson over his managerial future at
Anfield, saying they feel he is "the right person to take
this club forward" if their takeover goes through.
I'm happy to admit that I thought Hodgson was a fantastic
appointment as Rafael Benitez's successor in the summer -
and even went as far as tipping them for a top-four finish.
But now I'm not so sure.
Having watched Liverpool's disastrous start to the season
under his tutelage, albeit only seven league games in, I
just can't see how things will get better for the Reds under
the former Fulham boss, who already has an embarrassing
League Cup exit to Northampton and a humiliating home defeat
by Blackpool on his record.
I can't shake the feeling that Hodgson is simply out of his
depth at Anfield, with the glare of the constant spotlight
on him overwhelming a man who now looks like he has the
world on his shoulders.
(Simon Wilkes - TEAMtalk)
Reina tells of low
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina says the slump of form the
team finds itself in is the worst he can remember since
joining the club.
The Reds have had a torrid start to the season after a
dreary last campaign. They currently sit 18th in the table,
having only picked up 6 points from a possible 21. In
addition, the Reds were dumped out of the Carling Cup at
to Northampton Town of League Two.
However, the Spanish international hopes that the pending
new ownership issues will help resolve the mood at Anfield,
and restore form to the pitch.
He said, “This is one of the worst periods I have
experienced since I arrived
“I have read about the change of ownership in the newspapers
and I hope that things will improve.
“We have had some terrible results, but we have time to
react. This team has not forgotten how to play football.”
Liverpool next face Everton in the league a week on Sunday,
by which point the club hopes to have completed the takeover
by New England Sports Ventures.
(This is Anfield)
Dalglish: 'My dad's still
got lots to offer'
Paul Dalglish has told talkSPORT his dad still has plenty to
offer Liverpool and would be prepared to help the club in
any way possible - including a return to the managerial
The former Anfield legend is currently an Academy Ambassador
at the Merseyside club but has been linked with a return to
the top job unless fortunes improve rapidly under Roy
He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: "My dad’s said
publicly he wanted the job before Roy Hodgson got it. But he
was politely told he wasn’t the right person for the job and
was perhaps out of touch.
"But Einstein never stopped being a genius, did he? Once
you’re a genius you’re always a genius. And my dad’s got the
greatest football brain I’ve ever known and the managerial
record to back it up.
"He will help Liverpool in whatever way he can. He loves Roy
Hodgson to bits and certainly doesn’t want the job while
Roy’s there, but my dad’s got too much to offer not to be
involved in the game in some way."
He added: "The problem my dad’s got is people think he has a
lot more power than he’s actually got [at Liverpool]. My
dad’s only an academy coach but because of what he’s done at
the club before people think he’s involved in the running of
the club and all these decisions.
"But what's happening is a worry to him. He loves Liverpool
more than anyone I know. Once Liverpool’s in your heart it’s
very hard to stop caring and he just wants to see a nice
future for Liverpool and a solution to the problems we’ve
got at the moment."
Bid team give thumbs up
to Reds takeover
England bid chiefs claim that a takeover of Liverpool would
strengthen the country's chances of winning the contest to
host the 2018 World Cup.
Liverpool is one of the bid's host candidate cities based on
the Reds building a new stadium or redeveloping Anfield.
The £300m takeover of Liverpool by New England Sports
Ventures - owners of the Boston Red Sox - will be decided in
the High Court after a legal challenge against the deal by
current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
England 2018 said in a statement: "These latest developments
would appear to bring greater stability at the club closer
and therefore a greater certainty regarding either an
expanded Anfield or a new stadium.
"That can only be positive for the England bid. Anfield is
one of the iconic stadiums of world football and a planned
new stadium would retain that aura but increase the capacity
considerably in a fantastic state-of-the-art design.
"Alongside our other stadiums that can only strengthen our
technical bid which is one of the major foundations of our
with proposed takeover
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson welcomed the club's potential
new American takeover as a positive move and pleaded for
patience from the fans as he tries to turn around problems
on the pitch.
Liverpool accepted a €343 million offer from New England
Sports Ventures (NESV), who also own the Boston Red Sox
baseball team, although the deal is still subject to a legal
challenge as well as approval from the Premier League.
"It's very positive and of course I'm delighted," Hodgson
said. "It's been going on a long time and I know how hard
the board have worked to set things up."
LFC saddened as
Lil Fagan passes away
Liverpool Football Club is saddened to hear the news that
Lil Fagan, wife of former Reds manager Joe, has passed away.
Lil died peacefully at a nursing home in Lincolnshire on
Monday, aged 92.
She is survived by five sons and a daughter.
The sympathies of everyone at the club go out to the Fagan
at this sad time.
(LFC Official Website)
Hicks denies he gave Broughton
to change club's board of directors
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks appeared to be bracing himself
for a legal fight today after declaring the £300m sale of
the Reds unlawful.
A statement suggested the Texan was in no mood to back down,
disputing assertions from Anfield chairman Martin Broughton
it was in the club’s power to agree the New England Sports
Hicks disagreed with the Liverpool’s board insistence only
Broughton had legal authority to change the make-up of the
board, and that the Americans could not frustrate any
The former baseball club owner said: “There were no such
undertakings given to Broughton, the board has been legally
reconstituted and the new board does not approve of this
St Louis Blues owner Checketts:
Why Americans keen on Liverpool
Dave Checketts spoke yesterday at the Leaders in Football
conference about American ownership interest in the Premier
Checketts, owner of St Louis Blues hockey team and Real Salt
Lake soccer team in the USA, was commenting about New
England Sports Ventures' move
Checketts stated that most US businessmen moving into club
ownership this side of the Atlantic see it is an opportunity
to invest and then exit and multiply
"But like most American sports owners they think they are
going to go in there, do a job and be a big hero and win
many championships" he added. "Sometimes that doesn't work
out. See Exhibit A, Liverpool.
"I don't think the owners there built a relationship with
the fan groups. I don't think they listened."
to bid for Torres
One of John Henry’s first acts as new Liverpool owner will
be to try and fend off a bid for Fernando Torres.
The Boston Red Sox owner, whose New England Sports Ventures
investment company have provisionally bought the Anfield
outfit, will be hoping to persuade the club’s top players
that they can still match their ambitions.
However, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is planning
an audacious swoop for Torres during the January transfer
Reds reassure Roy
Roy Hodgson has been assured that his job his safe, as the
proposed takeover of Liverpool gathers pace.
The experienced coach took the Anfield hot-seat over the
summer in the knowledge that the club could fall under new
ownership during his tenure.
It appears as though the Reds are now closing on such a
deal, with the owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team
seeing a £300million bid accepted.
Wilson has no regrets signing
with crisis club Liverpool
Danny Wilson has no regrets
joining crisis club Liverpool.
No matter what happens to a team currently struggling in the
relegation zone, Wilson knows NO-ONE can ever deny he's now
a fully fledged Liverpool player.
He told the Scottish Sun: "I'm still really enjoying it even
though I've not had much first team action.
"I made my debut against Northampton, which obviously wasn't
the best game to come on to the scene.
"There was just sheer disappointment in the dressing room
afterwards. It's the same as Rangers, you're expected to win
every game at Liverpool.
"We let the manager down but more importantly, we let
ourselves down. The manager gave us all a chance and we
didn't do ourselves justice.
"All I can do the next time I get a chance is prove I can do
a lot better.
"But no matter what happened in that game at least I can say
I've played for Liverpool and that's something no-one can
take away from me."