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John Henry Publishes Open Letter to Liverpool Fans: Success Will Not Happen Overnight

Anfield owner addresses unhappy supporters.

Liverpool Football Club’s principal owner John W Henry has written the following open letter to supporters:

I am as disappointed as anyone connected with Liverpool Football Club that we were unable to add further to our strike force in this summer transfer window, but that was not through any lack of desire or effort on the part of all of those involved. They pushed hard in the final days of the transfer window on a number of forward targets and it is unfortunate that on this occasion we were unable to conclude acceptable deals to bring those targets in.

But a summer window which brought in three young, but significantly talented starters in Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin and Fabio Borini as well as two exciting young potential stars of the future – Samed Yesil and Oussama Assaidi – could hardly be deemed a failure as we build for the future.

Nor should anyone minimise the importance of keeping our best players during this window. We successfully retained Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez. We greatly appreciate their faith and belief in the club. And we successfully negotiated new, long-term contracts with Luis and with Martin.

No one should doubt our commitment to the club. In Brendan Rodgers we have a talented young manager and we have valued highly his judgement about the make-up of the squad. This is a work in progress. It will take time for Brendan to instill his philosophy into the squad and build exactly what he needs for the long term.

The transfer policy was not about cutting costs. It was – and will be in the future – about getting maximum value for what is spent so that we can build quality and depth. We are avowed proponents of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play agenda that was this week reiterated by Mr Platini – something we heartily applaud.

We are still in the process of reversing the errors of previous regimes. It will not happen overnight.

Spending is not merely about buying talent.

That ethos is to win. We will invest to succeed. But we will not mortgage the future with risky spending.

It will not be easy, it will not be perfect, but there is a clear vision at work.

We will build and grow from within, buy prudently and cleverly and never again waste resources on inflated transfer fees and unrealistic wages. We have no fear of spending and competing with the very best but we will not overpay for players.

Finally, I can say with authority that our ownership is not about profit.

SOURCE: Official Liverpool Website

Following the apparent lack of transfer deadline-day activity John Henry was probably advised to address the Liverpool faithful directly and it’s a fairly wise exercise to do so following the club’s defeat at home to Arsenal.

Brendan Rodgers has more or less publicly admitted that he would have liked to have seen another attacking option brought in last Friday and will not have been all that happy at the ‘derisory’ offer made by Liverpool for long term target Clint Dempsey, who ended up leaving for Tottenham, much like fellow Reds target Gyfli Sigurdsson.

John Henry and the Liverpool board will have selected Rodgers primarily because his ethos fits well with the club’s push to trust more to youth and academy growth over the boom and bust spending enacted by Kenny Dalglish and it seems sensible that the Merseyside outfit’s money-men look to spend prudently in pursuit of a more measured on-field improvement.

Henry and co. will not have been happy about the fact that a £120m outlay on players during Dalglish’s reign, albeit balanced by significant sales, led to a backward slide down the Premier League table and it was always likely that this summer would see a less risky approach to squad re-building.

All in all Rodgers has done well and had results on the field been better then in all likelihood John Henry will not have felt compelled to speak directly to Liverpool’s support base but results, and not necessarily performances, dictated the need to calm the waters.

Brendan Rodgers will be given time, if not a shed-load of money, to see Liverpool’s long term project through. Henry’s tone is all about asking the club’s fans to offer patience to the newly appointed boss.


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