Spirit of Shankly-ShareLiverpoolFC welcomes the end of Hicks and Gillett’s ownership of LFC.
At this stage we remain open minded about any new ownership regime.
However our long held view that supporter ownership is right for Liverpool Football Club remains unaltered. The aspiration amongst supporters to become part of the ownership of LFC by investing our own money and to have our interests represented in the running of the club, still very much exists.
Recent experience has demonstrated that meaningful fan representation through democratic supporter ownership is the only fail-safe way that we can ensure that a reoccurrence of recent events never happens again.
This requires supporter ownership through a direct equity shareholding in LFC, in partnership with new owners, giving the supporters real and meaningful representation. This is also the best way that the club can rebuild its relationship with tens of thousands of disenfranchised fans who want the opportunity to invest in their club’s future.
We are all delighted to see the back of Hicks & Gillett, but at one level we are back where we were in 2007. At that time, supporters welcomed the new owners with open arms. This time, we are better informed and this time, tens of thousands of Liverpool’s supporters have demonstrated their willingness and ability to invest their own money in the Club. This time, there is an opportunity to create a unique partnership between supporters and new owners to everyone’s benefit.
We continue to pursue these goals and look forward to engaging with new owners to ensure that they fully understand the benefits of supporter ownership to the club, the wider community and themselves as owners.
Spirit of Shankly – ShareLiverpoolFC Board