ok, confirmed they did
Liverpool's board of directors have announced the sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures (NESV) despite opposition to the deal from American co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.The boardroom battle between Hicks and Gillett and chairman Broughton, managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre escalated to a new level on Tuesday night when the American duo attempted a coup.
Hicks and Gillett, who reportedly rejected both offers to buy their stake in the club on Tuesday night as neither deal offered a profit on their investment, tried to replace Purslow and Ayre with Hicks's son, Mack, and Lori Kay McCutcheon, the financial controller at the Texan's company Hicks Holdings, both of whom are sympathetic to their cause.
The reshuffle was rebuffed as the two club officials, backed by the chairman, out-voted the Americans three to two and on Wednesday morning Broughton announced to club had accepted the offer from NESV over a rival proposal from an unnamed Asian investor.
"Liverpool fans' group Spirit of Shankly have been protesting against Hicks and Gillett's tenure for two years but the news that the club will be passing to another set of American owners may dampen the celebrations over the sale.
But a source, well placed during the sale negotiations, told ESPNsoccernet: "The fans might be worried about American owners, but in truth 95% of this process was getting rid of the existing owners, something the fans have been campaigning for, and this is another step toward it, although it's not quite over yet."
delightful news, for now..
at least the reputation and track records with Red Sox looks credible and decent
let's just hope H&G cut their losses and sell out and not start a bloody legal process
Hope the new owner will not only build new stadium...pls revamp the team...can keep SG and Reina...the rest can sell then buy better ones....oh...get a new manager also pls pls pls...
PL `CAN APPROVE REDS DEAL BY FRIDAY`
The Premier League have given a huge boost to Liverpool being taken over by the owners of the Boston Red Sox by saying they would be ready to give the deal the go-ahead as early as Friday.
League chiefs have been kept informed about the £300million offer by New England Sports Ventures, principally owned by billionaire John W Henry.
Although a Singapore-based consortium is also interested, the American offer looks much more likely to succeed despite opposition from the Reds' current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
The Premier League said in a statement: "The board of the Premier League has been kept fully informed of developments regarding the potential sale of Liverpool FC by the chairman and senior executives of the club and has, accordingly, been made aware of a number of potential prospective owners in recent weeks.
"We can confirm that Liverpool FC has formally notified the Premier League of an intended change of control and that the board has undertaken to complete all the necessary processes by Friday, October 8 so that the sale of the club can proceed."
The Royal Bank of Scotland, owed £280million by Hicks and Gillett, are trying to drive the deal through with the backing of Liverpool's independent chairman Martin Broughton.
If Hicks and Gillett block the takeover, then their holding company could be put into administration by RBS over their unpaid debts.
Premier League sources say that whether a points deduction would come into effect remains unclear but it is thought to be unlikely.
Liverpool would argue that under new Premier League rules regarding parent companies, if the club itself is a fully solvent entity - as Liverpool are - then the penalty clause should not apply.
A Premier League source said: "The aim of the regulations is primarily to capture clubs who have gone into insolvency."
For example, last year West Ham's Icelandic owners went into administration but that did not lead to any Premier League action as the club itself was solvent.
The interest of NESV in acquiring Liverpool has gathered pace over the last week. All prospective owners are obliged to give the league 10 days' notice of a takeover and prove they have the funds to sustain the club.
The Singapore consortium was led by kelong bro CC, trying to buy the club with his kelong funds aka xpert11 econs.
from Soccernet - Martin Broughton expects Liverpool deal in a week
"It is a difficult issue. Part of me taking on the role - and I was appointed by Tom and George - was that they gave a written undertaking that only I could change the board, they wrote that into the articles of the two companies Kop Football and Kop Holdings.
"They also gave a written undertaking to RBS that they would not frustrate any reasonable sale and this is frankly a flagrant abuse of those two written undertakings."
"This was frankly their last chance to leave Liverpool with their heads high and they have chosen to go this route."
he did threaten on this very thread during the orhpool to fly over, now u know is actually for wat..
this new american like got as much $$ as the previous 2 at the start..
hopefully, he starts to use some of it..
but dun really think he has eno to fund a new title bid..
let's pray that the takeover do indeed take place.
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