Takeover: Status - Complete

John W Henry from the New England Sports Ventures (NESV) who are proposing to buy Liverpool soccer club, leaves the offices of a law firm in London October 14, 2010. Liverpool's ownership battle rumbled on on Thursday as the High Court ruled against Tom Hicks and George Gillett, only for the American pair to demand the club's chairman be jailed for contempt of court. A High Court ruling on Wednesday had set up Liverpool to be sold for 300 million pounds ($479.8 million) to NESV, before Gillett and Hicks obtained a temporary block in a Texas district court. REUTERS/Luke Macgregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER BUSINESS CRIME LAW POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Welcome to Liverpool FC...

Despite another desperate attempt this morning from Tom Hicks to keep a hold on Liverpool FC, thankfully this evening New England Sports Ventures made the announcement and they are now the new owners of Liverpool FC.

In a deal believed to be worth £300million this will mean that debts owed to Royal Bank Of Scotland can now be paid off and the threat of administration and the docking of 9 points is now gone.

NESV headed by John W Henry (@John_W_Henry) should be thanked for their patience in this very long and testing week for the future of our club. The fact that he and his colleagues didn't walk away speaks leaps and bounds and his comments after the statement show good signs.

Of course Liverpool fans are extremely happy to see the back of Tom Hicks and George Gillett who for three years had a strangle hold on England's most successful football club. At the same time, fans are cautiously optimistic about our new owners. I think it's important that we instill some confidence but of course we will look for the actions from NESV and not rely upon their words.

I think it's also important that we thank the hard work of Martin Broughton, Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre who have fought hard for Liverpool FC. We should also thank supporters union Spirit Of Shankly (@spiritofshankly) who were first to help supporters organise a victorious fight against the two American parasites.

Adding to my massive smile after hearing this news i also had a small claim to fame when Simon (didn't he used to present Blue Peter?) from Sky Sports News read out my email just after the announcement...

"Liverpool can now finally after the weeks soap opera breathe a sigh of relief. Anyone who was showing signs of sympathy to Tom Hicks and George Gillett will now surely have seen their true colours. I am so happy that their greed filled life sucking rampage of our once proud football club has now ended. John W Henry is a welcome new addition and although i think i speak for all Liverpool FC fans when i say we are cautiously optimistic, if he continues to talk to and work close with the fans and follow through on promises, he can't go wrong.

Thank you to Martin Broughton, Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre for working so hard along with John W Henry and NESV.

And thank you to the brilliant work from fans organisation Spirit Of Shankly.

Here's to a fresh start!


As Hicks tries to claim damages of up to $1.6billion, i'm sure you will all join me in laughing.

Don't know about you folks but i've already had one drink, very tempted to go and make another one.

It took us a good while folks, but us fans as a unit i think can take credit for the part we played, so here's to Liverpool starting back on the long path towards the top again and YNWA!