Liverpool FC owner admits little previous knowledge of club

Liverpool supporters still shudder at the thoughts of Tom Hicks and George Gillett running the Merseyside club into millions of pounds worth of debt, with the Fenway Sports Group having taken over from the American duo a year ago. One of the criticisms levelled at Hicks and Gillett was their lack of understanding when it came to the rich history…

Liverpool supporters still shudder at the thoughts of Tom Hicks and George Gillett running the Merseyside club into millions of pounds worth of debt, with the Fenway Sports Group having taken over from the American duo a year ago.

One of the criticisms levelled at Hicks and Gillett was their lack of understanding when it came to the rich history of the club, although the current principal owner of Liverpool FC also had some brushing up to do after completing the takeover.

As part of a series of interviews with The Guardian, John W Henry admits that he knew barely anything about the Reds before Fenway Sports Group came into the fold, with the Boston Red Sox owner looking to deliver the same success on the field for Liverpool as he did for his baseball team.

When asked what he knew about English football, Henry replied: “Very little. We knew virtually nothing about Liverpool Football Club nor EPL.”

Similarly, Tom Werner (who is now chairman of Liverpool) knew more about Manchester United than their Merseyside rivals, claiming: “I had been in sports so I was aware of the EPL and its strength globally. But I didn’t know the inner workings of it. I certainly knew about Manchester United.”

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