Liverpool: Tom Hicks Jr. Steps Down Because Of Hate Mail

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 11, 2010

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 22:  Liverpool Co-Owner Tom Hicks chats with his son prior to the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, first leg match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 22, 2008 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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It was learned today that Tom Hicks Jr., the son of Liverpool Owner Tom Hicks, has stepped down from his role on the Liverpool Football Club Board of Directors and the club's parent company, Kop Holdings.

The Hicks family and George Gillett have been the focus of fans' anger ever since they bought the club in 2007. The Liverpool fans' anger had manifest in death threats and late night telephone calls to the Hicks and Gillett's families as well as themselves.

Gillett said of the threats, "The fans don’t want him [Tom Hicks] to have even one share of my stake in the club, based on what they are sending to me. As a result of that we [Gillett's family] have received many phone calls in the middle of the night threatening our lives, death threats. A number came to the office and my son, Foster, and daughter-in-law, Lauren, have received them."

However, it is abusive emails sent by Mr. Hicks Jr. that have brought about his resignation. It is alleged that he sent abusive emails to a Liverpool supporter.

In a statement to the Press Association, Hicks Jr. said, "I am very sorry for my harmful words. To the fans and club, please accept my sincerest apologies." 

"I have great respect for Liverpool Football Club, especially the club's supporters.

"I do not want my actions to take away from the club's future, therefore I am resigning from the board."

The club, that has been having on the field problems this season, has now restructured the Board, the executive vice president of Hicks Holdings, Casey Coffman, is replacing Hicks Jr.

Liverpool chief financial officer Philip Nash, and Liverpool F.C.'s commercial director Ian Ayre are joining him as directors of both companies.

Since the American consortium took charge of the club, supporters have regularly voiced their dissatisfaction at the level of debt taken on by the club after the buyout.

One such group was the "Spirit of Shankly" group, who are committed to the removal of the American duo from any dealing with the historic Merseyside club, led the call for Hicks to resign on Sunday. The group has been scathing in their criticism of the American's silence and handling of the current situation.