16 April 2010
Liverpool have today confirmed details about their future that most of the world has known for at least five days already, namely that they’re up for sale and they have a new chairman, Martin Broughton. He hopes to sell the club on behalf of the American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, and will be looking for a price of around £600m, although £400m is more realistic, as we reported on Monday.
An article on Liverpool’s website (which also includes a separate reaction piece from Liverpool’s manager, Rafa Benitez) has quotes including:
Thomas Hicks and George Gillett: “Owning Liverpool Football Club over these past three years has been a rewarding and exciting experience for us and our families. Having grown the Club this far we have now decided together to look to sell the Club to owners committed to take the Club through its next level of growth and development.
“We are delighted that Martin Broughton has agreed to take the position of Chairman, working alongside the club’s excellent senior management team. Martin is a distinguished business leader of excellent judgment and with a great reputation. He is a genuine football supporter and will seek to oversee the sales process in the best interests of the Club and its supporters.”
Martin Broughton: “I am excited and honoured to be taking up this position. Liverpool is a great club with a fantastic history. I will run this sale process in the right way, for the benefit of the Club and its fans. Liverpool is one of the world’s greatest clubs and my aim is to try and ensure that we find new owners who are able to build on the Club’s recent improved financial performance in order to help deliver sporting success.”