Ian Herbert

Takeovers, triumphs and Hansen’s first column: why the end of a Liverpool institution is a dark day for journalism

* By Ian Herbert 22 December 2013 The sign on the exterior wall of the building where I started out in this business, on a September morning 24 years ago, has not kept up with the sad diminution of the paper which became a rich part of my life for a decade. “Liverpool Daily Post and Echo,” the words read. During the rapid cycle of reduced resources and falling circulation - which saw the Liverpool Daily Post become a weekly title a year ago and publish for the last time last week - no-one got around to putting up a ladder and taking the...


‘The problem for football is that it is up to its neck in gambling’

By Ian Herbert 12 December 2013 There won’t be any great sentiment for footballers who are banned for illegal betting but the small details of the case of what we might call the "Accrington Five" does reveal why one of the root causes of match fixing – the players need for some ready cash – is staring us in the face. The five players who received bans for betting thousands of pounds on what turned out to be the correct outcome of the Accrington Stanley v Bury match in May 2008 were on a weekly wage of about £800. One of the five, Andy...


“For United it is all about fourth place now … then record spending on a single player”

* “I may have to take a few more blows, definitely. Maybe even more than that. Maybe all season I have to take a few blows but I knew this was going to be the case…”  David Moyes, September 22, 2013 . By Ian Herbert 5 December 2013 Press conferences can be so self-serving that they become a part of football’s background noise and no one believes them but David Moyes has told much of the Manchester United story straight in the 158 days since his appointment. His remarks about the bumpy road ahead came after the Manchester derby defeat. He was right. The narrative of...