“We are looking to the middle of July-ish for the first round of bids but that’s not a final stage – that’s a first entry through. We’re hopeful – and I wouldn’t put it any stronger than that – that a deal can be done by the end of the transfer season. That was always from the outset a hope rather than necessarily an expectation, because these things can take time. We are on course, pretty well, with where we would have expected to be.”
Since this statement was issued it has all gone rather quiet on the current ownership saga. We are now at the end of July and according to Mr Broughton’s statement the first round of bidding should already have taken place.
Recently, Mr Broughton has spoken of the importance in finding the correct owner, one who is wealthy, can take the club forward and is dedicated to building a new stadium. This list of credentials is exactly what every Liverpool fan would want to hear but it does strike you as a ‘stalling’ comment.
Of course we need to ensure we select the correct owner and one that is good for the club but it would appease many Liverpool fans if Mr Broughton kept us all updated as to the progress of the sale a little more transparently than he has. As fans we don’t expect to be told the finer confidential details but it would be nice to hear the club say if the first round of bidding has taken place and if any suitable parties have been identified.
Previously we were constantly hearing newspaper rumours of interest from all over the Middle East with wealthy Sheikhs being linked left, right and centre. Now, even the newspapers have given up on publishing propaganda on the issue.
As a Liverpool fan I’m hoping the sales process is on track and progressing well behind closed doors. I have noticed that since Roy Hodgson has come in as manager our business dealings have been conducted in a more professional manner and the majority of deals have been kept private until the final stages. Joe Cole is a perfect example of this. One week the manager denies speaking to the player and the next he is pictured holding a Liverpool shirt having signed for the club.
Prior to the past few years it has always been the Liverpool way of conducting business quietly and privately and this also seems to be the preferred method of our new manager. Perhaps some of this has rubbed off on the Liverpool board and they are going about selecting a new owner privately and effectively and hopefully on track.
Too optimistic? Let’s hope not.
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