Liverpool supporters group move against club owners

The Liverpool supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly, the organisation that protested so vociferously against previous Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillet, have now according to the Independent voiced their concerns for the current club owners and in particular, the chairman Tom Werner.

It has been a desperate week or so for the Merseysiders and their American owners, who came under fire for allowing record signing Andy Carroll to depart the club on loan before not bringing in a forward replacement before the transfer window closed. An open letter from owner John W. Henry to the Liverpool fans offering his apologies for their transfer window inaction as well as his future plans to the club has fallen on deaf ears, with the Spirit of Shankly group releasing a statement condemning the work done by Henry and particularly Werner. “There comes a point at any football club where the chairman has to step forward on behalf of the board and be held accountable for decisions that they have made and strategies that they have implemented,” said an SoS statement. “With key questions continuing to go unanswered, Spirit of Shankly suggests it is time for Tom Werner to be held accountable as chairman of Liverpool Football Club. After all, the buck stops with him, not with those acting with his authority and not with people no longer at the club.

The statement went on to air further grievances against the club’s majority owners, Fenway Sports Group, who predominantly run the club from the United States. “Spirit of Shankly reiterates its stance that the position of manager at Liverpool Football Club should be supported with all the resources at the club’s disposal. However, events of last Friday and the subsequent open letter from the club’s principal owner indicate that almost two years into FSG’s ownership of the club, this is not yet the case.

There remains no ownership presence on this side of the Atlantic. It is our opinion that this situation has led directly to the ‘mistakes’ alluded to in Mr. Henry’s open latter. Should the club’s absentee owners not wish to establish a full-time base in Liverpool it remains imperative that they appoint a chief executive of a calibre commensurate with the club’s global status to act with the full authority of the owners in their absence.

Liverpool declined to respond to the statement.

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