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Liverpool supporters plan ambitious takeover

by Parm Mann on 31 January 2008, 10:13

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100,000 supporters aim to

Supporters of Liverpool Football Club are set to announce an ambitious takeover plan later today. The scheme, called "Share Liverpool FC" will involve contributions from 100,000 Liverpool fans across the globe, aiming to raise £500 million in order to purchase the club from US owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillet, and finance a new stadium.

Rogan Taylor, a Liverpool season ticket holder, heads the campaign and said:

"It is time to answer the concerns that football fans have about the patterns of ownership developing at our major football clubs. Thousands of Liverpool fans have already demonstrated their dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs."

"Large amounts of debt is often laden onto newly-bought clubs and the fans know that in the end, it will be them who will have to pay it off through increased ticket prices and other schemes."

"In such a case, why not simply buy the club yourselves?"

The announcement follows concerns over the financial future of the club, as current U.S. owners recently revealed a £350 million re-financing loan. In addition, increasing tension between Hicks, Gillet and manager Rafa Benitez, has seen fans become increasingly wary of the current owners. Instead, fans have opted to offer full support to manager Benitez.

The plan to buy out the club is similar to schemes adopted by other European clubs. Spanish club, Barcelona, is currently owned by more than 150,000 supporters.

Supporters of other clubs may see the scheme as a move in the right direction as four of the twenty Premier League sides are now owned by U.S. tycoons and foreign takeovers are becoming a common occurrence. Are you a Liverpool fan, and if so, are you contemplating joining the Share Liverpool FC scheme? Share your thoughts in the HEXUS community.

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Its worked for barca and a raft of other top flight clubs in europe.

The problem is that even though the americans have shafted the clubs history and broked promises they made when they came in(Burdening the club with debt now)

The real issue is that Rafa isnt the man for the job anymore. He`s done a good job so far but he`s brought in too many ordinary players and refuses to play his best players all the time. It annoys me that Crouch is left on the bench whilst Kuyt plays. I like kuyt a lot and you cant fault his commitment but he just isnt good enough for the club.

Hopefully if this deal goes through and we get rid of the yanks then we can start looking at getting a manager who understands the club. I still like the idea that was being talked about in town last summer of Getting Daglish back and aldo in. They know what the club is about and could do a really good job
Four premiership clubs are now owned by Americans who I'd guess have only a financial interest in the club.

I really hope this goes through.