Liverpool’s newly formed supporters’ board issues formal welcome

LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool’s newly formed supporters’ board is rolling out the red carpet. The eight-member board, which was passed through the 75-percent threshold of the 18,798 registered supporters club members this week, was…

Liverpool's newly formed supporters' board issues formal welcome

LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool’s newly formed supporters’ board is rolling out the red carpet.

The eight-member board, which was passed through the 75-percent threshold of the 18,798 registered supporters club members this week, was welcomed by Reds CEO Peter Moore on Friday, as well as a 3-1 victory against Stoke City.

“It’s been fantastic, and today’s win shows what a good football club we have,” Moore said. “It was good to see as well, we had a very, very good performance today.”

The fans’ representative on the board, Leanne Bonner, offered a welcome from the board’s point of view.

“Everyone felt there was the need for a change. The members had approved the formation of the new supporters’ board,” she said. “We’d said to them, ‘We’re going to bring back the fans to the board, we’re going to bring back a fans’ voice and we’re going to make sure that this club is owned in a way that would protect it for fans and properly fund this fantastic club.’

“It’s so important that we keep the culture of our club. It’s how Liverpool fans and Liverpool players feel like we’re part of something together.

“It’s going to be a great supporter board. So we feel that we’re very, very excited and the fans have their voice heard today with a wonderful win against Stoke and a very good footballing performance, so it’s been a great day.

“From the Reds’ point of view, we can now rest for a few days. But as always we’ll take a weekend off, come back on Monday and get on with the hard work.

“But it’s an important week for all the supporters, from all of the supporters’ board.”

The newly formed board members will report to a working group, which will be headed by former director Paul Walsh. Their actions will be reviewed after one year.

The working group also includes Daniel Jones, Laurie Fernandes, Richie Davidson, Cath Clements, Joanne Moreland and Nikki Brookes.

Club Managing Director Ian Ayre brought the fans’ board to the fore in May when the club’s holding company, Sports Direct, entered into a takeover agreement with former chairman Tom Hicks and fellow shareholder George Gillett.

Ferguson, who was recently promoted to director of football, reiterated this week that Hicks and Gillett had acted irresponsibly.

“Hicks and Gillett acted irresponsibly,” Ferguson said. “There were two of them buying into the club. I’m not talking about the first year or two, I’m talking about the 10 years that they owned the club.

“You have to remember how much money they spent. They spent money on coaches and transfers, they gave bonuses to players when they were leaving, and all that went out the window when they sold the club.”

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