Like most supporters I’ve been reading with a great deal of interest, mixed in with a high degree of scepticism, about the potential sale of Liverpool FC by the end of next week. It seems unlikely a sale of this magnitude and complexity could be concluded so quickly when you consider that Martin Broughton has been given the mandate to only sell to the right investors i.e. those who will pay off the debt, build a new stadium and give Roy Hodgson a treasure chest to invest in new players.
Of course, there is also the Hicks and Gillett factor to consider. These two shysters have only been in it for the money from the start and want a healthy profit from the sale of the club which, as far as I can figure out, they bought using none of their own money but have burdened the club with the interest payments and subsequent debt. Hopefully RBS will force them to sell to a reasonable bidder in order to recoup their £250m loan.
The notion there is only one serious bid from Kenny Huang, we are being told, is simply not the case and that several other offers have been made so the pressure is on for Broughton, Managing Director Christian Purslow and Commercial Director Ian Ayre to get the right owners on board versus the highest bidder.
I’m in the dark as to where the Spirit of Shankly & ShareLiverpoolFC group are in the potential investor mix as I have not seen any statements from them as to their intentions or if indeed they are one of the potential investors. If anyone knows please let me know.
The successful sale is being linked to the retention of Torres, which frankly I just don’t see. Torres is like all of us, he wants to see the Americans bite the dust and get out-of-town as quickly as possible, which in this case happens to be the town of L4.
Naturally, I’m hoping a genuine investor is not only on the horizon but right around the corner. What a morale booster going into the new season that would be.