Henry ‘proud and humbled’ by NESV Liverpool takeover
New England Sports Ventures are the new owners of Liverpool Football Club.
With the Royal Bank of Scotland deadline for the sale of the club looming, NESV and the Liverpool board finalised a deal which will see the Boston-based company take charge at Anfield.
Former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett have voiced their disappointment over the sale and the way in which it was conducted, with the American duo planning to sue RBS and the independent members of the Liverpool board for damages worth $1.6billion.
Hicks had tried to sell his shares in the club to Mill Financial earlier on Friday, but the American hedge fund failed in its attempts to take control at Anfield as the Premier League would not offer it the opportunity to take the relevant tests in order to be allowed to own a club in England’s top flight.
Now NESV have full control over affairs at Liverpool, with Hicks and Gillett no longer having anything to do with England’s most decorated football team.
NESV principal owner John Henry said: “On behalf of the entire NESV partnership, I want to express how incredibly proud and humbled we are to be confirmed as the new owners of Liverpool FC.
“We regard our role as that of stewards for the Club with a primary focus on returning the Club to greatness on and off the field for the long-term. We are committed first and foremost to winning.
“We have a history of winning, and today we want LFC supporters to know that this approach is what we intend to bring to this great Club.”
Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton added: “I am delighted that we have been able to successfully conclude the sale process which has been thorough and extensive.
“The Board decided to accept NESV’s offer on the basis that it best met the criteria we set out originally for a new owner. NESV is buying Liverpool in order to put it on an excellent financial footing and continue to develop it internationally.
“This is a good deal which comprehensively resolves the pressing issue of the Club’s debt and should give staff, players and fans great confidence regarding the future of Liverpool FC.”