Henry can turn Reds around - Nicol

13 July 2011 09:00

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol is convinced new principal owner John Henry is the right man to bring the glory days back to the club.

Nicol spent 14 years at Anfield, during which time he won five league titles, three FA Cups and the European Cup. Liverpool have not finished top since Nicol was part of their 18th championship success in 1990 and now Henry has come in to steer the club through the choppy waters created by the George Gillett and Tom Hicks era.

Nicol is confident Liverpool are destined for a brighter period as he said: "John Henry is the right man."

Nicol is well acquainted with the way Henry works given he has spent nearly the last 10 years in Boston as coach of Major League Socer outfit New England Revolution. Henry is an even bigger player in the city given the Boston Red Sox are also in his sporting portfolio.

And, having studied how the American has run baseball's most famous team, Nicol added: "You only need to look at what he has done with the Red Sox.

"They were in a similar situation to the one Liverpool were in when he took over there.

"The team wasn't doing particularly well and the ground was a bit run down. Look at it now. The stadium is fantastic - you can't buy a seat in the place. And the team are the world champions.

"Let's hope Liverpool turn round and do exactly the same thing."

According to Nicol, Henry has already performed one masterstroke in bringing back his former team-mate, and fellow Scot, Kenny Dalglish as manager. Dalglish has brought a feel-good factor back to the club.

"The spirit had disappeared for a little while," he said. "The players and the fans were all a bit low. Kenny has brought that back. The morale is sky high."

Source: PA