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FSG's Year Of Owning Liverpool Marked By "Progress," "Feel-Good Optimism"
Published October 14, 2011
LONG WAY TO THE TOP: Henry admitted Thursday night Liverpool is "still a long way behind" EPL club Manchester United and "that it could take years to get the club where it needed to be." In London, Ian Herbert notes Henry "subtly echoed" Ayre's contention that clubs should be allowed to negotiate their own int'l TV deals when he "insisted that Liverpool's proposed new or expanded stadium was not the 'game-changer' that" former club Managing Dir Christian Purslow once suggested. Henry: "(The stadium) is not the full solution. Barcelona and Real Madrid are dominant clubs because they are able to maximise all aspects of the revenue generation. We have to try to do that as well. It's an important component" (London INDEPENDENT, 10/14). Also in London, Jim White writes, "Make no mistake, Henry and his team are not here for the long-term benefit of English football. ... They are here for the long-term benefit of New England Sports Ventures. Sure, their ownership might also result in long-term economic benefit for Liverpool FC. But they have no interest in maintaining the wider strength and continuity of the English game" (London TELEGRAPH, 10/14).
STAYING HOME: In Boston, gossip columnists Fee, Raposa & Johnson report Henry on Thursday "canceled his trip to England to watch his Liverpool footballers take on" ManU. Henry and his wife were "set to hop across the pond" Friday to join Liverpool investor and Heat F LeBron James to watch Saturday's match (BOSTON HERALD, 10/14). James will attend a Liverpool match "for the first time since he became a minority owner" the club (ESPN.com, 10/13). In Boston, Steve Buckley writes it would be nice if Red Sox ownership "thought a little less about globalization and more about the die-hards who care more about good baseball." Buckley: "The Sox’ owners have a right to make money, just as they have a right to have outside interests." But Buckely notes, "Red Sox fans don’t want soccer thrown in their faces. They don’t want auto racing. And moving forward, the only way they’re going to buy into the 'Red Sox Forever' ad campaign is if the Red Sox are forever about baseball" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/14).