Tom Hicks Will Not Go Quietly

Ollie Irish

7th, October 2010

6 Comments

By Ollie Irish

A couple of true soccer fans

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has refused to recognise chairman Martin Broughton’s authority as he fights to prevent the sale of the club to the owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Childish, yes, but not surprising by the Texan.

Broughton, appointed in April to oversee the sale of Liverpool, revealed this week that Hicks attempted to sack managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre and install his own people (including his son Mack) in order to block a £300million deal with New England Sports Ventures (NESV also own the Red Sox).

That move was blocked by Broughton, who claims Hicks signed agreements not to oppose the sale when they received an extension to their refinancing deal with RBS.

Hicks and co-owner George Gillett stand to lose almost £150million if the NESV deal goes through. Most Liverpool fans would see that as karma for a couple of ruthless businessmen who masqueraded as fans in order to try and make a fast buck.

But this isn’t done yet and may be dragged through the courts. A spokesman for Hicks, Mark Semer, said that his boss disputed Broughton’s claim.

“There were no such undertakings given to Broughton, the board has been legally reconstituted, and the new board does not approve of this proposed transaction,” Semer told Bloomberg.

Hicks is either stupid or incredibly ballsy. I call the former. And I wonder how much Gillett has been involved in all of this – he’s been awfully quiet of late, perhaps happy to hide behind the more voluble Hicks.

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6 Comments

  1. yuan says:

    FUCK YOU HICKS! go to hell! people will bang you old man!

  2. Pete says:

    Sod off bloody cunt!

  3. Mike says:

    He owns the club. If he can’t manage the debt service, then RBS will foreclose or refinance, but in the meantime, if he doesn’t want to sell at a knockdown price (and the price being thrown about basically just covers the outstanding debt, which means its going for free) then his own board has no business forcing him to do so.

  4. Fifthandlast says:

    As far as I know Gillett no longer has control of his share of the club after defaulting on a loan, hence being rather quiet on the matter.

  5. Mr. Angry says:

    YOU SON OF A BITCH HICKS! YOU FUCKING YANKEE MOTHER FUCKER, GET THE FUCK OUT OF LIVERPOOL FC, YOU WORTHLESS CUNT!

    (in american accent) YOU JERK OFF

  6. Snooky says:

    I mean just look at him, what a fucking fake smile you son of a whore. Damn didnt your mum teach you that money is not everything that matters in the world?

    Fuck off you cocksucking wanker

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