In February 2007 Liverpool Football Club was bought by American duo Tom Hicks and George Gillett for a reported £227million. They came with promises of a new stadium and world class players so Liverpool could once again challenge at the highest level.
Some fans were dubious I was not one of them, swept up in the excitement of it all, believing Liverpool were finally close to the elusive title number 19. Oh how badly I was wrong. Endless lies by both Hicks and Gillett; no debt to be put on the club – lie, a new stadium – lie, world class players – lie. Furthermore Hicks and Gillett aired their dirty laundry in public and Liverpool’s name was dragged through the press time and time again.
It was almost the worst case scenario when it appeared Liverpool would be heading into administration. Then along came John W. Henry and New England Sports Ventures who took over the club in October 2010. Since then they have done no wrong. When Liverpool were struggling under Hodgson, they chose the fans choice Kenny Dalglish as caretaker and Liverpool have seen an upturn in fortunes since. In January they backed the Scot further with £22 million to sign Suarez, while also acting swiftly to sign Andy Carroll when Fernando Torres declared his intention to leave. It looks as though NESV will reach out further to fans to consult them on shaping the clubs future with the set up of a new supporters consultation group.
On January 11th it was announced that this group would help shape the club’s future through regular and constructive dialogue with senior LFC officials. As a Liverpool fan this is a rather exciting prospect as it not often you find a club willing to listen to the fan points of view on a regular basis. The Liverpool FC Supporters’ Committee will consist of 17 democratically appointed fans who will represent all of the major stakeholder groups amongst our supporter base. The Liverpool FC Supporters’ Committee will meet four times a season at Anfield with senior Club staff – the owners will be present for at least two of the meetings – to discuss the issues and ask the questions that most affect them and the fans they represent.
If this can work successfully then it could be a fantastic partnership with owners and fans working together on what is best for Liverpool Football Club on and off the pitch. No more are the days of Hicks and Gillett not listening, giving us lies and feeding us crap.
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While I don’t expect NESV to buy like Manchester City or Chelsea nor would I want them to, but at least to ask for our opinion. The redevelopment of Anfield had been ruled out by Hicks and Gillett completely but John W. Henry is considering the option. The thought of Anfield being expanded to a 60,000 seater certainly has me excited. As a ground there is little to complain about, close to the pitch, great atmosphere, a bigger Kop would be fantastic.
The Aims of the committee are simple with most referring to the point made earlier about having their opinion matter.
The committee covers all groups of people, from ones living in the Merseyside area to fans living outside the UK. All types of fans will be covered from Season Ticket Holders to General Admission attendees and finally all age groups are welcome from under 18s to over 60s. This is particularly important to keep the balance of tradition and the need for modernisation.
The deadline for applying to be a committee member is the 27th February, see the Red and White Kop website for details. HERE
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