Red All the Way: Is Boston Red Sox Owner John Henry the Right Man for Liverpool?
Whatever happens after this will be the outcome of a civil war between the board owners and Tom Hicks & George Gillett. It is a fact that Liverpool FC board has raged a war on the attempts of the blood sucking owners Hicks and Gillett by agreeing to a deal with New England Sports Ventures, headed by the much respected John W Henry and with Tom Werner as the Chairman.
The foresaid group also has a porfolio of companies including the Boston Red Sox , New England Sports Network, Fenway Sports Group and NASCAR. With the Boston Red Sox being arguably the most popular among the portfolio.
The proposed sale of the club although is subject to the Premier League's approval and more importantly the resolution of problems amongst the board members. The Board members, including Martin Broughton also opined that Hicks and Gillett were in efffect trying to block the sales process and as earlier informed by the club website, tried to sack Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre.
Such plethora of information sighted by the club's official site tells volumes about the conflict confronting the club's board room.Needless to say all these have been unprecedented at this great club.
Desperate times require desperate measures, you may say.
The Liverpool Echo has already stated John W Henry is one of the most powerful figures in baseball and consider the deal to be a blessing much in the manner that Martin Broughton, who seems ecstatic to have completed the deal.
However, there are many a thing which will keep the fans' fingers crossed.
Firstly, even after this extensive search all Liverpool have managed is yet another American and although he may shown great respect to the Red Sox history he has to do that once again once he takes over Liverpool.
Secondly, the guy is simply not the billionaire all the Liverpool fans were awaiting but just a multi millionaire whose fortune has a lot to do with the behavior of the markets. However, if he has survived the recent recession with the Red Sox , all those should not be a problem.
Thirdly, America is clearly a huge market and largely untapped when it comes to football and thus the sale of Liverpool could well be a very successful story .
and lastly, So Henry has a fantastic winning record in sports management.
Speaking of the group that Liverpool has agreed a deal to, namely NESV, here are a few more details;
Henry and Werner established New England Sports Ventures in 2002. The company owns the Boston Red Sox, 80% of the New England Sports Network (which also carries the NHL's Boston Bruins), Fenway Park, Fenway Sports Group - a sports marketing and management firm, and various real estate properties surrounding Fenway Park.
In 2007, Henry's Fenway Sports Group bought a 50% stake in the Jack Roush's Roush Fenway Racing stock car racing team. Driver Matt Kenseth won the Auto Club 500 at the California Speedway in February 2007 marking Henry's first win as an owner. In February 2009 the team won their first Daytona 500 with Matt Kenseth.
Although as the board members state, the deal has more to do with dissolving the club's massive debts rather than the other issues of stadium and investing in the team.
However, as The Guardian correctly concludes,
"If Henry can show the same respect for history in handling the stadium issue, and more importantly find a way to end the club's long title drought, Americans will suddenly become very welcome at Anfield once again."
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