Liverpool Football Club Prepares For The Takeover End Game

Tom Hicks, George Gillett
“The day started with a co-ordinated attempt to saturate the American media with a video decrying the behaviour of the – for the time being – owners of their club, but it has ended with something even more extraordinary with a statement of near-unprecedented bluntness on the official club website which seems to indicate a state of near civil war at boardroom level. Welcome to the world of Liverpool Football Club in October 2010. As long time observers will be aware, October the 15th is said to be the deadline for George Gillett and Tom Hicks to secure the funding to complete their takeover of the club, in the face of increasingly militant objections from supporters’ groups but, with only a week and a half left before the bank can step in and take control of the club, hopes of a clear resolution to the issue of the future of the club are being clouded by a situation that is rapidly starting to resemble chaos.” (twohundredpercent)

Liverpool civil war erupts as owners reject two buyers
“The simmering war in the Liverpool boardroom between the American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, and the three other directors, broke dramatically into the open last night after Hicks and Gillett turned down two bids, described as ‘credible’, to buy the club and attempted to remove two directors from the board.” (Guardian)

Boardroom blitz; and mutual hate
“1970s British glam rockers The Sweet are still doing the rounds but no one pays much attention to them any more even though their lead guitarist moonlights as manager of Brentford FC. The Fiver, however, found itself humming the melody to their catchiest hit last night as it followed the bloody hi-jinks at Anfield, which can only be described as a Boardroom Blitz. Oh yeah it was electric, so frightfully hectic, and the Americans started leaving, because their fellow directors stopped believing. Boardroom blitz (de-dum-dum-dum). Boardroom blitz (de-dum-dum-dum). Boardroom blitz (de-dum-dum-dum).” (The Fiver)

Liverpool FC’s celebrity fans protest against owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett
“Liverpool fans in the entertainment industry offer their support to the campaign to oust the club’s current owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett” (Guardian)


Tactics: Can France play without a playmaker?

“The team that Laurent Blanc aligns against Romania on Saturday may herald a significant change of direction in the tactical evolution of the French national side. Teams representing the country have long been built around a single, richly talented creative player, from Raymond Kopa in the 1950s through Michel Platini in the 1980s to Zinedine Zidane at the turn of the last century. But that could be about to change.” (Football Further)

Nigel de Jong’s News Assault

“So it’s easier to get dropped from your national team than it is to get a yellow card these days. And that’s all to the good, in my opinion. I hate it when referees try to inject themselves into the game. I prefer it when nature, and the intensive care unit, are allowed to take their course. Seriously, just let the players play until full time rolls around, or until they’re incapacitated with injuries that could have been avoided if you occasionally sent someone off. Either way, there’s no need to go occasionally sending people off. Everyone who’s making a big deal about this is just jealous of Manchester City anyway.” (Run of Play)

AFCON Qualifying: Matchday 2 Preview

“This weekend, the qualifying for the next African Cup of Nations in 2012 starts and, as usual, there’s intrigue all round. The first round of games saw some surprises, with 2010 AFCON hosts Angola, Algeria, Mali, Morocco, Egypt and Togo hitting bumps on the very long road to Gabon/Equatorial Guinea. We had injuries galore, politics, new appointments and the potpourri that makes African football so colourful. In a guest piece for The Equaliser, Gary Al-Smith runs the rule over the upcoming fixtures and assesses the prospects of Africa’s qualification hopefuls.” (Equaliser Football)