By Brian Reade
AN EPIC SWINDLE is the interior tale of ways Liverpool FC got here inside hours of being re-possessed by means of the banks after the shambolic 44-month reign of yank vendors Tom Hicks and George Gillett. it's the story of a civil warfare that dragged Britain's such a lot winning soccer membership to its knees, in the course of the excessive courtroom and virtually into management.
Players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher inform in their anger on the damaged gives you, in addition to their discomfort at observing dependable enthusiasts in open rebellion. supervisor, leader govt, board contributors, major enthusiasts and reporters demonstrate the turmoil at a respected wearing establishment run via males at warfare with one another, who trampled Liverpool's adored traditions into the gutter.
No tale sums up the bare greed on the center of contemporary soccer really like Hicks' and Gillett's try to flip a dollar at Liverpool. No-one has had as a lot entry to the reality, or tells it with as a lot ardour, wit and perception as Brian Reade.
AN EPIC SWINDLE is the riveting tale of ways shut one of many nice soccer golf equipment got here to monetary implosion.
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I don’t think we came with an answer. ’ They also arrived in the wake of another US sports owner, Jeffrey Loria, who had bought the Montreal Expos from local interests when no one else wanted them, said all of the right things about being committed to the city and to making baseball work in Montreal, before moving the franchise to Washington. Loria was cast as a cartoon villain, the cynical foreign opportunist. And now here was another American, apparently a friendlier one, but one whose motives were instantly called into question simply because of what had gone before.
Turn into the sweeping driveway, glide past the manicured lawns, and it comes upon you like a Bordeaux chateau, all turrets and greenery. Hicks owns some $100 million of real estate and controls multiple businesses. His net worth was estimated by Forbes last year at $1 billion, which should keep the Matisse hanging on the wall for a while. Throughout the 1990s everything Hicks touched turned to gold as he rode the wave of new media with stunning success. com and turned that into $55 million in less than a year.
As Vulliamy notes: ‘Tom Hicks was the man who really made George W. ’ But when asked about their friendship at his first Anfield press conference, Hicks, conscious that he was now in a city that could never be described as natural Bush territory, replied: ‘Certain media would say I’m one of his closest friends. I’m not in his inner circle. I know his dad. ‘But he is a big baseball fan and once every two years I bring my star players to the White House to meet him. Would I do the same with Liverpool?
An Epic Swindle: 44 Months with a Pair of Cowboys by Brian Reade