Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Sold to the USA

February 6th, 2007: A defining day in the long and decorated history of England's most successful club.

Last week when Dubai International Capital withdrew their bid, I was devastated. And angry. Angry at what looked like the incompetence shown by the board, mainly Rick Parry and David Moores, at closing the deal with Dubai's investment giants. I never wanted Liverpool to be sold, but the sad truth in today's sport is that it was perhaps the only we'd have been able to compete with our rivals. Had Shankley seen our league performance for the last few years, he wouldn't have been too impressed. At Liverpool, its all about winning trophies. The directors are there merely to sign the cheques (quoting Shankly).

Personall I really wanted the DIC deal to go through, as, living in Dubai, I have first hand experience of what they're all about. Sheikh Maktoum is a winner and won't settle on being second best. (First is first, second is nothing - Shankly). They had incredible resources and were fans of the sport. The chairman Samir Ansari was a lifelong supporter. They understood the history of the club, the traditions, the passion that the fans had.

With Gillett and Hicks, its unclear as to what they know about the sport, let alone the most decorated club in English football. Even though there have been
positive noises coming out of them, they'd say that though wouldn't they, being businessmen and all.

Now, admittedly I dont have a clue about these two gents, but having taken a brief look at articles on fansites, it seems that they are loved and hated in equal measure by fans of the 'franchises' they own. They have spent ridiculous amounts of money, all loaned from the bank, in the past and Gillett has even been bankrupted once. To be fair to him though he did make the money back fairly quick. The teams they own haven't really won much either since these two have bought them and thats the most worrying thing, for me, as a supporter. Will these two be content with midtable finishes year after year as long as they're lining their pockets? Evidence from their other 'franchises' suggest that may be the case. We'll have to wait and see.

As supporters of the club, nothing can change what you feel in your heart. We'll still bleed as red as we used to and will passionately sing 'Poor Scouser Tommy' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone' on top of our voices every week. We'll still take the piss out of Man Utd fans and remind the blueshite that they'll forever be in our shadow. We'll still piss ourselves laughing and celebrate Carra's next goal, although hopefully it'll take less than 7 years this time. Above all, we will still, and ALWAYS, support Liverpool Football Club come what may.

Somewhere though, a little part of Liverpool Football Club has died today.

6 Comments:

Blogger 2 Mars Bars said...

I was also gutted when DIC pulled out and pissed at Moores for what seemed like £8m more in his coffers.

But after looking at it some more I'm sure that Moores is a real Red and wants the best for LFC. I think they were a little peeved that DIC took so long over due diligence, and probably got cold feet over it all. I can't believe that a true fan would want to sell for just a little more if the team you love weren't going to get a least the same deal as the lesser offer.

It's encouraging, though, that our resident Scousers had a few words with the new owners though, and that they are behind Rafa and management so much. Also Parry's quoted response to ground-sharing is encouraging - I wouldn't even want to be their landlords again!

01:23  
Blogger KingSlayer said...

Well, only time will tell. Probably the scare factor with American owners is a bit more than with others, but on the plus side, both these businessmen have been in sports for a long time. Thats probably something DIC did not have, experience of having owned major sports teams.

Also, its probably not that easy to win at American sports based on money-power, since most of the teams you are competing with are on a similar financial foothold. So, the fact that these fellas do not have too many winners trophies in their teams cabinets doesnt really matter that much.

What I thought was encouraging was that these guys did not try to come out and talk about their own agenda too much, but instead allowed Parry, Moores and Rafa to put words in their mouths. Maybe that implies a willingness to let the working bits of the club be, and only fix the bits that do not work. And if these boys have any idea of the sort of traditions and the history which they have bought into, they should know that they have to be careful with it. I'm happy that Moores and Parry will continue running the club for them. And hopefully, the good times will roll!

Spine-tingling times, arent these?

04:15  
Anonymous cheeky said...

i never knew about this! oh.
somehow, no matter how hard you try... football *oops soccer* and USA [in the same sentence] does not sound right :(

btw, in your post i think it should be February 6th, 2007.. not 2006 ;)

10:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Living in Dubai though, you may be able to comment on something I heard on a documentary the other week.
It centered around the fact that Dubai will run out of oil in a few years (6 or so?), having a major major impact on the financial success of the country, hence they are looking at investing in other areas.
Could LFC have been a pawn to use in a few years time to recoup some cash?
Dunno!

23:53  
Blogger Dirty Dan said...

Well said kingslayer/marsbars.

I've gotta admit its starting to look better with each day. Lets hope the good times roll soon-ish.

cheeky thanks for pointin that out ;)

anon - Dubai's main earner is tourism and business. It hasn't been oil for quite some time now and the fact that Dubai is still filthy rich, to me suggests that they're doing quite well without the oil. Its the other emirates such as Abu Dhabi where most of the oil comes from, but even then I think it'll be atleast 40-50 years before the oil starts to 'run out'

As for LFC being used to recoup cash - the amounts involved in purchasing LFC, and the expected amounts they would've recouped from it, would be peanuts compared to some of the transactions that go on here on a daily basis - seriously!

17:05  
Blogger bas kamal said...

What I thought was encouraging was that these guys did not try to come out and talk about their own agenda too much, but instead allowed Parry, Moores and Rafa to put words in their mouths. Maybe that implies a willingness to let the working bits of the club be, and only fix the bits that do not work. And if these boys have any idea of the sort of traditions and the history which they have bought into, they should know that they have to be careful with it.

18:53  

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