The Liverpool Football Club has new majority owners today as Tom Hicks of the Texas Rangers and George Gillett Jr. of the Montreal Canadiens acquired 51% of the storied club from chairman David Moores for $430.8 million.
Liverpool will become the third Premiership club to be sold to American interests, joining Manchester United (Malcolm Glazer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Aston Villa (Randy Lerner of the Cleveland Browns).
I have to admit that, as a Liverpool fan, hearing that Hicks is one of the new Liverpool owners makes me a little wary. Despite his huge wealth, he's never impressed me as being the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to running a sports franchise. While the Dallas Stars of the NHL have had success (the other club Hicks owns), a lot of his moves regarding the Texas Rangers have left me shaking my head. He signed Alex Rodriguez to that absolutely odious contract in 2000, basically bidding against himself and giving him $100 million more that anyone else was prepared to offer. (He's still paying part his contract to play in the Bronx.)
If Hicks is smart, he'll let his accomplished soccer people run the franchise, and just be the absentee American money man in the whole operation. We'll see.
Here's more on the Liverpool acquisition, and on Hicks and Gillett, from ESPN: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=407101&cc=5901
Hicks promises a new stadium for Liverpool, replacing the legendary Anfield (pictured). He says he's committed to keeping a winning team in Liverpool and expects to see more championships there.
Let's hope his track record from Arlington, Texas doesn't follow him to Merseyside.