The new group formed by Liverpool supporters to address the current problems caused by the current owners, with a view to addressing future problems, irrespective of ownership, have had some early success with a well-publicised stay-behind protest after the Sunderland match on Saturday. That was just the start.
Describing themselves as a supporters’ union, and calling themselves “Sons of Shankly” after the man who really set the ball rolling towards Liverpool becoming the giants they are today, they want to make it clear that this union, this gathering, this grouping, this collective, call it what you will, is for all Liverpool supporters. That’s all supporters, regardless of age, location or frequency of attendance at the game. Liverpool have a massive fanbase from all across the world and “Sons of Shankly” want you to be involved.
The following is their latest statement:
LIVERPOOL SUPPORTERS UNION
“Sons of Shankly”
You may or may not have heard of us. But here’s a little bit about who we are.
To do exactly as it says on the tin. A Union for all Liverpool Supporters.
A voice that represents us all. A platform for us all to stand together and fight for what we believe in.
It is early days, and more details of how the organisation will grow will appear over the next few weeks and months. But the catalyst for our formation…..
We want Tom Hicks and George Gillett out of our club – why?
THEY LIED & HAVE JEOPARDISED OUR CLUB FOR THEIR PERSONAL GAIN
They promised that all loans would be would be secured against their own personal assets.
They have taken out a loan of £350m. £105m has been secured against the club and £245m against Kop Holdings – which owns 100% of Liverpool Football Club and has only one source of revenue: The Club.
So, regardless of the smoke and mirrors, Liverpool Football Club has to pay all of the interest on all of the £350m.
The interest payments alone for this debt will be around £30m each year. All of which will be payable by Liverpool FC – more than enough to wipe out the club’s operating profit.
Gillett and Hicks have only taken out this new loan over an 18 month contract. This is very unusual for a deal of this size; three years is the usual minimum term. Wall Street analysts believe that this is because they had difficulty in getting the banks to lend them the money. Which raises questions about:
£60m of that loan has been earmarked for starting construction of the new ground.
There is no funding yet in place to complete the stadium, nor has planning permission been granted for a 71,000 capacity. Existing consent is for 60,000, with any increase depending upon improvements to transport and car parking. With no underground car park, the new plans have less car parking than the original 60,000 design!
If they can’t borrow again in 18 months then they cannot complete the stadium. How can they pledge now that the stadium will be built? In the same way they pledged it would be well on its way to completion twelve months ago – by misleading us.
So do they actually intend to complete the building of the new stadium?
Should Hicks & Gillett get the loan to actually build the new ground, the additional interest payments will be £25m per year.
This will leave Liverpool Football Club to shoulder annual payments of £55m in interest alone. Which begs the question:
WHERE WILL THE FUNDS COME FROM FOR TRANSFERS?
When they took over, Hicks & Gillett promised to back the manager in the transfer market.
From the two transfer windows Hicks and Gillett have owned the club for, Benitez has spent £48.5m on players, and recouped £33.5m in player sales. A net spend of £15m. This is the up-to-date figure that includes the purchase of Skrtel and the sale of Sissoko.
The club brought in around £30m from the run to the Champions League Final last season alone. On top of this there is the increased TV money the club has received.
Where is the money Gillett and Hicks have backed the manager with? They’ve lied to us, they’ve manipulated the press, and some people have believed the spin. We won’t.
In reality, after all the talk about money and Snoogy Doogy, the manager has spent £15m in the last two transfer windows. How is that backing him in the transfer market?
It is about time the real picture was painted for all Liverpool fans out there.
They promised to respect the club’s heritage, history and traditions.
THEY HAVE LIED AND LIED.
They asked to be judged on what their actions. Well they have failed to make a start or produce the funding on the stadium, the major reason why David Moores looked for investment, they have failed to back the manager in the transfer market. They have not put one single cent of their own money into this club and they have undermined the traditions of the football club and the office of manager.
They have, however, managed to create huge debt for LFC to pay off without any end product.
How, exactly, is the football club in a better position now than it was twelve months ago under David Moores?
After the Sunderland game, we staged a 15 minutes stay behind protest at the end of the game. We intend to do the same again.
During the protest, Steve McManaman commented on Setanta that the Americans had backed the manager in the transfer market, secured their new loan bringing money into the club, and we should all forget about it and move on. We don’t blame McManaman, a fair number of good Reds have been won over by their spin, so why shouldn’t a blue?
So it’s time to spread the message and get the real goings on from within Anfield to a wider audience.
It’s about time the truth was exposed.
Hicks and Gillett have to be forced out of Anfield before they wreak more havoc.
Keep a look out for sonsofshankly.com which will be going live in the next few days. We’ll be handing out flyers at the match with details of any future events.
We’ll announce any future meetings on our website, everyone invited, all opinions welcomed.
Please send this announcement on to everyone you know. And keep an eye on our website for further updates and how to get involved.
The next meeting is scheduled for The Olympia at 12pm on Saturday 16th February – before the Barnsley game.
99 West Derby Road
Everybody welcome – See you all there.
“Liverpool Football Club, Is In The Wrong Hands”
“The socialism I believe in is everyone working for each other, everyone having a share of the rewards. It’s the way I see football, the way I see life”
LIVERPOOL SUPPORTERS UNION
“Sons of Shankly”
Remember – this is for ALL Liverpool supporters. If you can’t get to the meeting then get on the website when it opens. Don’t fall for the PR-agency spin put out by the owners, or at least from the one owner who’s not hiding. If we all stick together, we’ll win.