A consortium of Liverpool fans have outlined their plans for buying out Tom Hicks and George Gillett for a staggering £500m, making a fan-based takeover imminent and throwing Liverpool FC smack in the middle of a possible bidding war between the fans and DIC.
The fan-based consortium (called “We Heart Liverpool”) have promised a total turnaround to the way things will be run at Anfield – some of the highlights:
- £100m to be made available, immediately, for the manager to spend on bringing quality players to Liverpool
- Raising the proposed capacity of Stanley Park to 100,000, and hiring the best construction team from Brazil to ensure that the stadium is completed before the start of the 2010/2011 season.
- Freezing ticket prices till the proposed shift to Stanley Park
- Buying the current Everton stadium (once Everton move to Kirkby) and turning it into a Liverpool History Museum
- Giving Torres and Gerrard life-long Liverpool contracts
This will no doubt excite Liverpool fans, many of whom have grown up living under the shadows of their more illustrious rivals, Manchester United (you could also add Chelsea and Arsenal to that list…and Leeds and Blackburn, if you went by league titles). However, there are a few points of concern:
- WHL apparently want to change managers and bring in someone who has proven that he can win the Premier League. Jose Mourinho is their #1 target, although Sir Kevin Keegan is another option, seeing that his team actually had a 12-point lead over United at one time.
- WHL have also not disclosed how they have managed to amass their fortune – although reliable reports suggest that they are living off on the glory – I mean fortune – of their predecessors – in other words, inheritance.
- And perhaps most controversially, WHL also want to change the club’s name to WHL SC – We Heart Liverpool Soccer Club. They strongly feel that the benefits they will bring to the club in terms of new branding opportunities will outweigh the loss of (ancient) history and tradition.
- Their proposal mentions mammoth summer events, including a football match played on an aircraft carrier (scheduled for 2008 summer) and another to be played a mile high above the ground (2009 summer), just so they can capitalise on the WaterWorld and Mile-High Club brands.
Overall, WHL seem to be the real, if somewhat eccentric, deal. But can their money win them the trophy that they covet the most? Money can’t buy everything, as another rich, eccentric owner found out recently…
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Disclaimer: April Fool! 🙂 Nothing in the above news item should be considered truthful – it is all a figment of the author’s imagination. To read more April Fool stories, please visit our April Fools section on Soccerlens.