As Anfield enter a new era what do the fans think of those who now hold the keys to the club?
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Liverpool’s prospective new owner has vowed to clear the Premier League club’s debts when it takes over.
New England Sports Ventures (NESV) issued a statement saying it would move “all acquisition debt” away from the club if its £300m bid succeeds.
NESV, which own the Boston Red Sox baseball team, confirmed its bid has been accepted by Liverpool’s board.
But Reds owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are trying to block the sale, which they say undervalues the club.
In an effort to keep control of the club, they are trying to replace Liverpool’s managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre with Hicks’ son Mack and a business associate, Lori Kay McCutcheon.
Purslow, Ayre and chairman Martin Broughton are now consulting lawyers as they attempt to resist attempts to replace them and force through a sale to NESV.
NESV revealed its intentions for Liverpool in a statement issued on Wednesday.
“NESV wants to create a long-term financially solid foundation for Liverpool FC and is dedicated to ensuring that the club has the resources to build for the future, including the removal of all acquisition debt,” it read.
“Our objective is to stabilise the club and ultimately return Liverpool FC to its rightful place in English and European football, successfully competing for and winning trophies.
“Since 2001, New England Sports Ventures has made successful investments in sports and entertainment properties.
“Our portfolio of companies – including the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park, New England Sports Network, Fenway Sports Group and Roush Fenway Racing – are all committed to one common goal: winning.
“NESV wants to help bring back the culture of winning to Liverpool FC.
“We have a proven track record, shown clearly with the Boston Red Sox. The team has won two World Series championships over the past six years. We will bring the same kind of openness, passion, dedication and professionalism to Liverpool FC.” (BBC Sport)
So there you have it. New England Sporting Ventures have effectively wiped the debt left by Messrs Hicks and Gillett and predict a bright future, are Liverpool fans hopeful or at all dubious about this new investment from across the pond?
Are these the investors the supporters wanted? Or had they hoped for billionaires from the Middle or Far East? What now for Roy Hodgson? Is any change of ownership better than what went before or is it very much a case of more of the same?
What are Liverpool supporters thinking will happen next? Are good days on the horizon or is simply too early to tell? You can comment on the issues below as well as vote on the issue on the poll to the right of screen.