Liverpool FC is finally nearing the end of a nightmare that began with a string of broken promises and looks set to end courtesy of a couple of broken undertakings.
By the end of this week Royal Bank of Scotland and the Liverpool board members expect to have been able to prove that not only did co-owner Tom Hicks break the conditions of the near-£300m finance agreement but also that his actions gave them the legal right to sell the club.
The first visit to court is tomorrow, but reliable sources have informed us that this is not the main event. Tomorrow will see the various legal representatives discuss timings and process; none of the club’s board will be in attendance.
Later in the week there will be an announcement of the main hearings; the day – or days – of reckoning for the tired old regime. That is when the board are expected to attend to oversee what they hope is the judgement that allows them to finally break the club’s ties with Hicks and Gillett.
The advice we’ve been given is that supporters making arrangements to turn up at court tomorrow would be better off waiting until later in the week for the main show.
Details will be announced as soon as they are known.
The club would of course never officially condone fans gathering en masse outside the High Court – but the time to show the strength of support there is for this club – not to mention the amount of opposition there is to Tom Hicks – is later in the week when the show gets underway for real.
That’s when the time, effort and expense will be put to best use. That’s when supporters can show the world what this club means to them.