Hodgson hopes for new owners quickly

03 July 2010 11:18
ew Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admits he is desperate to see new owners takeover at Anfield as soon as possible.[LNB] Reds co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks appointed Barclays Capital in May to sell their control and British Airways chairman Martin Broughton was appointed to oversee the process.[LNB]Broughton confessed on Thursday at a press conference to unveil Hodgson as Rafa Benitez's successor that he had yet to receive an official offer for Liverpool, but he insists that there are interested parties.[LNB]With Liverpool struggling under reported debts of £350million, Hodgson wants to see the arrival of replacements for Gillett and Hicks, and to get his hands on the expected transfer funds that would be made available after a takeover.[LNB]He said: "The sooner that happens the better. That is what the fans want. They want new ownership, maybe in the way Manchester City found new ownership! [LNB]"I can understand fans wanting that because they want the best for the club. [LNB]"They know the only way to get that is to have quality players on the pitch and they cost money." [LNB]Former Fulham boss Hodgson was made aware of the structure and status of Liverpool's hierarchy before he arrived.[LNB]He added: "It was made clear to me how the board was set up and that the owners are quite prepared to sell the club. [LNB]"I was told I would have to accept that somewhere during my tenure the club might be sold and I fully understand the position. [LNB]"There's always going to be people who want to own Liverpool. It's just a question of when it can be sold and whether the new owners are prepared to back the club as we all think it should be backed."

Source: Team_Talk