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Liverpool owners "only care about players being sex symbols

'Clueless' Liverpool owners 'only care about players being sex symbols', blasts boss who used to work under Henry

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

12:38 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:13 GMT, 16 January 2013

Liverpool's American owners John W Henry and Tom Werner have been criticised by an ex-employee for 'not having a clue about sport'.

Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has revealed that the pair were more concerned with having 'good-looking stars' and producing players who are 'sex symbols' than caring how the team actually did.

Francona said: 'They (the consultants) told us we didn’t have any marketable players, that we needed some sizzle. We need some sexy guys.

'Talk about the tail wagging the dog. This is like an absurdist comedy. We'd become too big. It was the farthest thing removed from what we set out to be.'

Which of the Liverpool will be given all the commercial duties

Cut the mustard: Which of the Liverpool will be given all the commercial duties

Fenway Sports Group, the company co-owned by Henry and Werner, bought Liverpool in 2010 even though they had to admit their knowledge of football was small.

This latest revelations shows that their desire to turn the club into a marketable product around the world is at the fore of their thinking.

Werner, an American television producer, is known to worry about increasing or declining TV ratings and told the managers at the Red Sox that they had to make a 'sexier team' from 2011 onwards.

The duo even admitted that before they signed the deal to buy the club they had to have a stiff drink.

John Henry (left) and Tom Werner see sports teams primely as marketable assets

In good shape: John Henry (left) and Tom Werner see sports teams primely as marketable assets

Tom Hicks and George Gillett, the owners of Liverpool before Henry and Werner, only recently backed down in a dispute on how the club was bought by Fenway Sports Group.

On the back of this, Francona's suggestions about how Henry and Werner approached the Red Sox make for interesting reading.

'They come in with all these ideas about
baseball but I don’t think they love baseball,' he said.

'I think they
like baseball. It’s revenue, and I know that’s their right and their
interest because they’re owners … and they’re good owners. But they
don’t love the game. It’s still more of a toy or a hobby for them. It’s
not their blood.'

If this is how they thought of in one of their own national sports, then their relationship with football may not be any more appealing to Liverpool fans.

Ian Rush

Mark Lawrenson

Born in the wrong era: Ian Rush and Mark Lawrenson could have promoted their trademark moustaches

Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres could pull off style in their younger days at Anfield

Spanish rulers: Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres could pull off style in their younger days at Anfield

Liverpool settle out of court with Tom Hicks and George Gillett

Liverpool settle out of court with ex-chiefs Hicks and Gillett over club sale claims

Hicks and
Gillett took their case against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre – and RBS –
to court, alleging that they conspired to sell the club at a reduced
price.

They claimed RBS and the Liverpool directors had deliberately blocked their attempts to refinance, allegations denied by RBS.

But after a lengthy and involved process led by Liverpool’s general counsel Natalie Wignall, a deal has been struck to bring an end to the legal action against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre.

The status of Hicks and Gillett’s case against RBS – whom the Americans claim were too actively involved in the sale process – remains unclear and no one at the bank was immediately available for comment.

Back to business: Now Liverpool can concentrate on the football

Back to business: Now Liverpool can concentrate on the football

At a High Court hearing in October Mr Justice Peter Smith said it was a matter which ought to go to trial.

'There is in my mind a question as to whether or not RBS truly distanced itself from the sale process,' he said.

'In reality, what actually happened between April 2010 and October 2010 can only be discerned by a trial when the relevant players give evidence and their evidence is tested by cross-examination in the light of the contemporaneous documents.

'In my view, it would be wrong and a denial of justice potentially at this preliminary stage to deny the former owners an opportunity to have a trial on this issue.

'This matter should be brought to a speedy conclusion. I would wish directions to be agreed if possible with a view to this action… being heard early in 2013.'

Nottingham Forest 4 Leeds 2: Billy Sharp scores twice

Nottingham Forest 4 Leeds 2: Sharp caps happy Christmas with brace in convincing victory

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14:14 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

14:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

Billy Sharp capped a fine fortnight by striking twice as Nottingham Forest turned on the style either side of half-time to send in-form Leeds spiralling to defeat at the City Ground.

The striker's wife had given birth to their son on December 14 after a period of heartache that began with the death of their first child, who was just two days old, last summer.

Forest, who had slipped to 11th place after taking only four points from their previous five matches, were the latest side to make a mockery of the form book in the npower Championship after Sharp converted a late first-half penalty to cancel out Paul Green's early opener for Leeds.

Sharp fired his second of the game soon after the restart and a three-goal blitz in nine minutes – Rodolph Austin scored a clumsy own goal and Dexter Blackstock headed home the fourth – stunned the visitors, who had celebrated the completion of last week's takeover by Dubai investment bank GFH Capital with victory over Middlesbrough on Saturday – Leeds' fifth win in their last six league games.

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Halford, Cohen, Guedioura, Majewski, Reid, Sharp, Blackstock.
Subs: Darlow, Harding, Gillett, Moussi, McGugan, Cox, Lansbury.

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Mobbed: Sharp's Forest team-mates celebrate after he scored

Leeds striker Luciano Becchio's header
from Drury's cross was comfortably gathered by Camp, while at the other
end visiting goalkeeper Paddy Kenny pulled off a fine save in the 28th
minute to keep out Forest defender Elliott Ward's goalbound header.

Forest deservedly equalised in the
44th minute. Referee Lee Probert did not hesitate in pointing to the
spot following Lees' challenge on Sharp and the Forest striker picked
himself up to send Kenny the wrong way with the subsequent penalty for
his eighth goal of the season.

Forest, suitably perked, looked the
more dangerous side after the break and stole into a two-goal lead
within 12 minutes of the restart.

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Blackstock headed a long clearance
brilliantly into the path of Sharp, who coolly rounded goalkeeper Kenny
and rammed home his second goal in the 54th minute and three minutes
later an out-of-touch Austin swung a clumsy leg at Forest defender
Ward's cut back and lashed the ball into the roof of his own net.

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Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

Nottm Forest v Cardiff – match report: Andy Reid Daniel Ayala Billy Sharp Heider Helguson score

Nottm Forest 3 Cardiff 1: Bluebirds knocked off their perch by Reid, Ayala and Sharp

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16:38 GMT, 20 October 2012

Cardiff lost top spot in the npower Championship with defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Forest had ended a five-game winless league run with victory over Peterborough prior to the international break.

Andy Reid scored the only goal of the game at London Road and it was the Irishman who opened the scoring here.

On-loan defender Daniel Ayala quickly added a second goal to give the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead.

Double or nothing: Daniel Ayala made it 2-0 with this header

Double or nothing: Daniel Ayala made it 2-0 with this header

MATCH FACTS

Nottm Forest: Camp, Halford, Ayala, Collins, Harding, Cohen, Gillett, Guedioura, Reid (Moussi 74), Cox (Majewski 46), Sharp, Majewski (Moloney 88). Subs not used: Evtimov, McGugan, Tudgay, Coppinger.

Sent Off: Guedioura (84).

Booked: Cox, Guedioura.

Goals: Reid 25, Ayala 27, Sharp 47.

Cardiff: Marshall,McNaughton (Mason 81), Hudson, Connolly, Taylor, Conway (Noone 62), Whittingham, Cowie, Gunnarsson (Gestede 65), Smith, Helguson. Subs not used: Lewis, Turner, Kim, Ralls.

Booked: Connolly, Hudson.

Goals: Helguson 74.

Att: 21,491.

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Forest made sure of all three points
shortly after the restart when Billy Sharp scored his first goal for the
club since arriving at the City Ground on loan from Southampton seven
weeks ago.

Heidar Helguson pulled a goal back
for Cardiff midway through the second half, but despite Forest finishing
the game with 10 men following Adlene Guedioura's red card for two
bookable offences, they were unable to make any more inroads.

It meant back-to-back league victories for Forest for the first time this season, halting Cardiff's three-match winning run.

And the Welsh side also lost leadership of the table after Leicester came from behind to draw at midlands rivals Birmingham.

An uneventful game came to life after 25 minutes when Reid was fouled by Kevin McNaughton on the edge of the Cardiff box.

The Dubliner, who scored with a
terrific curling effort at Peterborough a fortnight ago, repeated the
feat with the resulting free-kick, bending a left-foot shot into the top
corner and giving goalkeeper David Marshall no chance.

Two minutes later and it was 2-0 to Forest.

Ayala remained up in attack following
a long throw from Greg Halford, and when Reid returned the ball into
the box, the Norwich centre-half powered a header past Marshall from 10
yards out.

Gutted: Toomy Smith reflects on a missed opportunity

Gutted: Toomy Smith reflects on a missed opportunity

Helguson curled an effort over the crossbar as Cardiff sought an immediate response.

A nice move by Cardiff just before
half-time then ended with the recalled Craig Conway falling over his own
feet and Forest midfielder Chris Cohen clearing the danger.

Forest went further ahead two minutes into the second half.

Sharp held up the ball, spun his
marker and ran at the Cardiff defence. He played a one-two with
substitute Radoslaw Majewski, on at the break in place of Simon Cox,
before shooting beneath Marshall for his first goal for the club.

Don Cowie saw a shot go narrowly wide as the visitors tried to respond.
Mark Hudson and Helguson missed chances to reduce Cardiff's arrears before the latter did so after 74 minutes.

Strength in reserve: Jermaine Jenas and Henri Lansbury were in the stands

Strength in reserve: Jermaine Jenas and Henri Lansbury were in the stands

Helguson controlled a high ball into the box, held off his marker and fired his shot beyond home keeper Lee Camp from 12 yards.

Cardiff were almost right back in it
soon afterwards when the fit-again Tommy Smith struck a post with an
effort from inside the area.

Had that gone in, it would have set up a frantic finale, particularly given Guedioura's red card in the 84th minute.

But Cardiff, despite some late pressure, were unable to make the game any closer and Forest claimed an impressive win.

Nottingham Forest 0 Derby 1 – match report

Nottingham Forest 0 Derby 1: Rams rock rivals thanks to Bryson intervention

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UPDATED:

14:35 GMT, 30 September 2012

Craig Bryson gave Derby their third successive win over 10-man Nottingham Forest after Dexter Blackstock was sent off in an ill-tempered east midlands derby.

A player had been dismissed in each of the last three meetings between these sides and a fourth always looked likely once the bruising challenges flew in from the off in this npower Championship encounter.

Sean O'Driscoll's side shaded the first period with Simon Cox skewing a swerving effort just past the post.

Close range: Craig Bryson scores the winner

Close range: Craig Bryson scores the winner

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Halford (Moloney 78) Ayala, Collins, Harding, Gillett, McGugan (Lansbury 75), Cohen, Reid (Sharp 74), Cox, Blackstock.

Subs not used: Evtimov, Moussi, Coppinger, Majewski.

Booked: Gillett, Reid, Lansbury

Sent off: Blackstock

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, Buxton, Keogh, Roberts (O'Connor 78), Coutts, Bryson, Hendrick, Hughes, Ward (Jacobs 65), Sammon (Robinson 82).

Subs not used: Legzdins, Tyson, Gjokaj, Freeman

Booked: Roberts, Buxton

Goal: Bryson 55

Att: 28,707

Ref: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

But the game's turning point came only
32 seconds after the break when Blackstock was sent off for what was
controversially deemed a deliberate elbow into Richard Keogh's head.

The 10 men found themselves behind nine minutes later when Bryson swept home to round off a flowing move down the right.

The Rams were indebted to goalkeeper
Frank Fielding, who made a fine save to deny Simon Gillett at the death
and confirm the three points.

Forest, who left out new loan recruit
Jermaine Jenas, had struck an early blow in this fixture on the previous
three occasions, but they were unable to repeat the feat.

They may well have done, though, had a
penalty been awarded when Cox's cross struck Jake Buxton's arm with
referee Robert Madley viewing the contact as accidental.

Any hopes Madley had of enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon were soon dashed as both sides set the tone with crunching challenges.

Forest came close as Greg Halford's
long throw somehow evaded everybody before the City Ground erupted in
collective rage as Gareth Roberts became the latest player booked for a
wild lunge on Chris Cohen.

Fielding was grateful for another
blast of Madley's whistle as the Rams stopper was fouled in the build-up
to Danny Collins' header which hit the crossbar.

Conor Sammon and Cox ended the half by trading long-range efforts but the sides went into the break deadlocked.

Richard Keogh and Bryson celebrate

Chris Cohen in dejection

Contrast: Richard Keogh and Bryson celebrate while Chris Cohen is left dejected

Thump: Andy Reid and Bryson (right) battle for the ball

Thump: Andy Reid and Bryson (right) battle for the ball

Thump: Andy Reid and Bryson (right) battle for the ball

If Madley had been conservative with his cards in the first 45 minutes, he sent out a huge message seconds after the interval.

Blackstock leapt with Keogh and, as
both sides wondered if the decision had gone their way, the Forest
striker was shown a straight red for elbowing Derby's skipper in the
head.

Blackstock walked off perplexed and the visitors soon made their numerical advantage count.

A lovely move down the right involving
John Brayford, Will Hughes and Paul Coutts ended with the latter
squaring an enticing centre which Bryson slotted home.

Scrap: Forest's Dan Harding is barged by Paul Coutts

Scrap: Forest's Dan Harding is barged by Paul Coutts

Tussle: Daniel Ayala and Conor Sammon (right)

Tussle: Daniel Ayala and Conor Sammon (right)

Sent off: Dexter Blackstock was dismissed for an elbow

Sent off: Dexter Blackstock was dismissed for an elbow

Jamie Ward left the pitch injured but
Nigel Clough's side continued to press forward as Bryson forced Lee Camp
into a smart stop.

O'Driscoll made a double switch,
introducing Billy Sharp and Henri Lansbury, and Fielding almost gifted
Forest an equaliser when he fumbled a Halford free-kick before gathering
at the second attempt.

But the Rams stopper was alert when called upon again, pushing away Gillett's stinging volley.

Cox and Lansbury were booked in the
closing stages to irk the home supporters further before a minor
confrontation involving Theo Robinson greeted the final whistle, in what
was a fitting end to a fiery affair.

Liverpool fan group turns on owners

Echoes of Hicks and Gillett as fan group SoS turn on Liverpool owners

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 4 September 2012

Called out: Tom Werner has been asked to front up by a key Liverpool fan group

Called out: Tom Werner has been asked to front up by a key Liverpool fan group

Supporters' group Spirit of Shankly have called on Liverpool chairman Tom Werner to be held accountable for the way the club is being run.

Disquiet has been growing among fans regarding the lack of a decision on whether to build a new stadium or renovate Anfield.

The lack of a prominent figure from owners Fenway Sports Group based on Merseyside, the sacking of iconic figure Kenny Dalglish as manager in May and, most recently, the apparent mistakes made in the transfer market have led to more murmurings of discontent.

Principal owner John Henry wrote an open letter to fans on Monday admitting to mistakes in their near two-year reign and outlining FSG's blueprint for the future but SoS believe more questions need answering.

'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 a statement from SoS, who were at the forefront of a campaign to oust former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

'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.'

Friday's transfer deadline day passed without a replacement being found for striker Andy Carroll, who had been loaned to West Ham the previous day.

Rodgers had wanted to bring in Fulham 29-year-old Clint Dempsey but FSG were reportedly unwilling to meet the Cottagers' inflated valuation, leaving the Reds boss with only two recognised forwards until at least January.

In his letter Henry insisted the club's ambitions were not about 'cementing a mid-table place with expensive, short-term quick fixes that will only contribute for a couple of years'.

That led to suggestions – dismissed by Rodgers – there was a difference of opinion between the owners and the manager.

SoS believes greater backing should have been given to the Northern Irishman just three months into the job.

'Following yet another summer where off-the-pitch activities at Liverpool Football Club have dominated the headlines, we once again find the club ownership attempting to explain away business decisions that have overshadowed footballing matters,' said the statement.

Under pressure: Brendan Rodgers has had a tricky start to his Liverpool reign

Under pressure: Brendan Rodgers has had a tricky start to his Liverpool reign

'Spirit of Shankly reiterates its stance that the position of manager at Liverpool Football Club should be supported with all of 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 letter.

'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.

Deeply unpopular: Former owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks were forced out of the club, with the lack of new stadium among the reasons for fan ire

Deeply unpopular: Former owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks were forced out of the club, with the lack of new stadium among the reasons for fan ire

Deeply unpopular: Former owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks were forced out of the club, with the lack of new stadium among the reasons for fan ire

'Without this it is far from sufficient for a club of Liverpool's stature to have a part-time chairman, based on another continent, with various other interests, and from whom little or nothing of consequence is seen or heard.

'In case FSG need reminding, they are now employing their third manager, have already dispensed with the services of their director of football and now accusatory fingers are pointing in the direction of their managing director (Ian Ayre).'

Liverpool declined to offer a response to the statement.

Liverpool are way off the pace thanks to Tom Hicks and George Gillett, says John W Henry

Anfailed! We're way off the pace thanks to Hicks and Gillett, says Henry

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23:23 GMT, 15 August 2012

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John W Henry has spoken of the enormous financial challenge facing Liverpool as he admitted Fenway Sports Group are still paying the price of the previous failed regime.

It is almost two years since FSG took ownership of Liverpool following the acrimonious reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett that ended with a High Court battle and almost saw the club going into administration.

When Henry and Tom Werner conducted due diligence on Liverpool in October 2010, they were left asking serious questions as to whether it was wise to spend 300million due to the parlous state of the books and the extravagant contracts that some players were being paid.

New regime: Brendan Rodgers has brought the likes of Joe Allen and Fabio Borini to Anfield as Liverpool attempt to challenge for a Champions League place

New regime: Brendan Rodgers has brought the likes of Joe Allen and Fabio Borini to Anfield as Liverpool attempt to challenge for a Champions League place

Given they have not had any Champions League revenue for three years, Liverpool have had no option but to streamline costs this summer and Henry has bluntly revealed that the task of restoring former glories at Anfield will not come easily.

‘The best analogy is that you can’t turn an ocean liner around like you can turn a speedboat,’ said Henry. ‘You could say it was a bigger challenge than (when we bought) the Boston Red Sox.

‘When you look back from this vantage point: the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United – Liverpool isn’t holding up its side of the rivalry.

Making his point: John W Henry (left), pictured with Tom Werner, has laid into Liverpool's previous owners

Making his point: John W Henry (left), pictured with Tom Werner, has laid into Liverpool's previous owners

‘That is the way it was with the Red Sox and the Yankees. The Yankees were just completely dominant when we arrived here 11 years ago. We knew we could never be on an equal footing financially with The Yankees.

‘But we had to do everything in our power to get on a level footing with them on the playing field. That was a tremendous challenge. As we started to close the gap, they built a new stadium. That was a quantum leap forward. This is an even bigger challenge.’

When Henry became Liverpool’s principal owner, he made a point of saying “I don’t have Sheikh in front of my name” – a clear sign that he would not be ploughing his own fortunes into the team with little worry about getting a return.

Personae non gratae: George Gillett (left) and Tom Hicks left an indelible mark on Liverpool Football Club

Personae non gratae: George Gillett (left) and Tom Hicks left an indelible mark on Liverpool Football Club

Liverpool have made giant strides commercially since FSG came in and have just started a 25million a year kit deal with American firm Warrior but that is not a sign they have cleaned up the financial recklessness of the Hicks-Gillett era.

‘Looking back at the very first day, I was trying to make a point then about how much of a challenge it was going to be because of the issues we inherited,’ said Henry, who is an advocate of Financial Fair Play.

‘We had a lack of depth in the squad and some really high payrolls. We also had issues with the age of the players and so forth. We knew it was going to be very difficult. Tom and I went for a long walk and we had to make the decision “are we going to buy Liverpool”

Closing the gap: Liverpool begin the season in high spirits

Closing the gap: Liverpool begin the season in high spirits

‘We had to decide whether we really wanted to take this on, as we knew this was a huge challenge. A much larger challenge than any supporter could know. We had done due diligence and looked at how the situation was financially, with the player contracts and the youth system.

‘The further we went into it, the more sobered we were.’

Some Liverpool supporters have questioned whether Henry and FSG are serious about building for the future but when asked if they were here for the long-term, Chairman Tom Werner said: ‘Absolutely. I know there has been some speculation about that. We read that.

‘We feel that we have work to do. We feel that we are behind – but we are on it. Do we feel that it is possible to get on a level with (the top European) clubs Absolutely. We can close that gap and compete at the very highest level. Absolutely.’

Brendan Rodgers says he will not bankrupt Liverpool

I'm not going to bankrupt the club! Liverpool boss Rodgers explains his eye for value

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00:04 GMT, 15 August 2012

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Brendan Rodgers has insisted he will not bankrupt Liverpool as he warned his pursuit of success will not come at any cost.

Though Rodgers has spent 26million bringing in Fabio Borini and Joe Allen, Liverpool have been streamlining their budget and offloaded a number of high earners, such as Alberto Aquilani.

But Rodgers has also shown he is not afraid to walk away from a deal if he believes the economics are not right, as was the case when he ended his interest in Gylfi Sigurdsson, who joined Tottenham after Liverpool refused to meet his personal terms.

The right price: Brendan Rodgers brought in Joe Allen (left)

The right price: Brendan Rodgers brought in Joe Allen (left)

It is only two years since Liverpool were threatened by administration when Tom Hicks and George Gillett owned the club and Rodgers is adamant he will not take any financial gambles.

‘You may think (insolvency) will never happen to your club,’ said Rodgers. ‘But who would have ever thought that could happen to a team like Glasgow Rangers But, listen, if football continues to pay the wages that some clubs do, then you will be asking for it.

‘In professional and social life, I like to get value. That is just my nature and my upbringing. I won’t pay anything at all costs. Absolutely not. There have to be certain factors to make a player want to come and play for you.

‘I prefer the hungry player, those that want to succeed. Of course they will earn good money – and they will get their value and worth if they perform. I would rather work that way. (Players who want to make a quick buck) No chance. Certainly not with me.’

Too much: Gylfi Sigurdsson's move to Liverpool collapsed due to wage demands

Too much: Gylfi Sigurdsson's move to Liverpool collapsed due to wage demands

Liverpool are not a club that has been
associated with living within its means but the fact that Rodgers is the
first Anfield manager to pursue season-long loan deals shows how the
financial landscape has changed.

Rodgers, who is hoping to land Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin, added: ‘The top players earn their money. If a player is worth it then I don’t have a problem. If they have value, then you can pay them as much as you want.

‘I will always look to the simplicity of it – asking if he is effective on the field and trying to line his price or wage up with that. There’s a responsibility to look after the club and have a genuine feel for the club and the prices. I want to be involved in that side of it, so I can keep clarity.’

My man: Fabio Borini was another Rodgers purchase

My man: Fabio Borini was another Rodgers purchase

With a number of key players having
departed in the close season, such as the influential Dirk Kuyt and Maxi
Rodriguez, Rodgers has a number of gaps that he needs to plug before
the window closes and he is looking at a deal for Barcelona’s Cristian
Tello.

Atletico Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta could also be an option if Daniel Agger were to leave, though the prospects of that occurring a faint given that Manchester City are reluctant to bid more than 20million for the Denmark international.

‘The reality is the club probably lacked depth last year,’ said Rodgers. ‘We need to make a few signings just to get back to those numbers. I believe we will do. But they are specific targets we are after and I believe when we get those players in they will make a difference for us.

Liverpool accounts revealed with 35m wasted on new stadium plans

Liverpool's losses reveal 35m blown on botched new stadium plans… and 8m kicking out new England boss Hodgson

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09:23 GMT, 3 May 2012

The true mess Liverpool's finances were left in after Tom Hicks and George Gillett's reign at the club was revealed on Thursday – with 35million wasted on the Americans' attempt to make a 'new Anfield'.

Fenway Sports Group, headed up by Tom Werner and John W Henry who stepped in to take over, wiped most of the club's debt away with a 200m investment – but even after that more money has been set aside to cover the stadium situation.

The 35m covers design fees, legal and administrative costs related to the stadium plan commissioned to Dallas-based architects HKS by Hicks and Gillett.

Ditched: The futuristic stadium plan submitted by the former owners has been scrapped by the current Liverpool board

Ditched: The futuristic stadium plan submitted by the former owners has been scrapped by the current Liverpool board

Defeat: The Reds lost to Fulham on Tuesday

Defeat: The Reds lost to Fulham on Tuesday

'New Anfield'

In 2000 Liverpool announced plans to build a new 60,000 seat stadium on Stanley Park. Estimated costs were 150m with the possibility to expand to 70,000.

In 2006 the club secured a 999-year, 300,000 a-year lease on part of the park for their ground.

Hicks and Gillett bought Liverpool in 2007 and promised 'a spade in the ground within 60 days', pledging 210m to build the 'new' Anfield.

Their plans, which they commissioned out to American architects HKS, would have cost 300m to follow through on, resulting in a 71,000 seater stadium.

The Stanley Park project has been dumped and the club have labelled the costs involved with scrapping the project as 'significant wasted money'.

The 35m is a large chunk of Liverpool's 49.4m overall annual loss and is listed in the accounts as a major 'exceptional item'.

Liverpool still have one new stadium option in the pipeline, one commissioned previously from Manchester based architects AFL, although they are also considering redeveloping Anfield.

Fortunately for Liverpool, the money involved with writing off the stadium will not be counted against them with regards to European Financial Fair Play reguations, as UEFA do not include them in their calculations.

Another stand-out figure from Liverpool's accounts is the 8.4m spent removing Roy Hodgson and his backroom staff.

The manager, far from popular with Liverpool fans, was appointed the new England manager on Tuesday.

Out and in: England wanted the man ditched for 8.4m by Liverpool

Out and in: England wanted the man ditched for 8.4m by Liverpool

Abandoned: Liverpool spent 35m for nothing

Abandoned: Liverpool spent 35m for nothing

Current managing director Ian Ayre said the accounts highlighted a rescue operation by Liverpool's new owners.

He told the Liverpool Echo: 'The key message is that the new ownership has created stability, a long term opportunity for Liverpool and some good foundation work that hopefully we’ll all build upon.

'It’s really about everyone being together and shown unity. We have seen in the past what happens when you don’t have everyone working together.

'One of the key things of this ownership group is that they do want everyone to work together. They are very open and collaborative about the way they go about their business.

'They don’t create walls between people. They don’t do that in their own business in the US.

'Everybody has got a voice and gets a chance to say what they think. Everybody is involved and that’s the best way for it to be.

'We have a great team of people here who just need to build on what we have started.'

Doncaster v Portsmouth: Amazing late show sends Donny down

Doncaster 3 Portsmouth 4: Amazing late show from Pompey gives them hope but sends hosts down to League One

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

17:02 GMT, 14 April 2012

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UPDATED:

17:04 GMT, 14 April 2012

Portsmouth somehow kept their Championship survival hopes alive with two goals in the final moments on a dramatic afternoon at the Keepmoat Stadium to relegate 10-man Doncaster.

Substitute Marco Futacs struck an injury time winner just seconds after Dave Kitson had appeared to handball over the line to draw his side level.

It was harsh on Rovers who had been in control after Habib Beye and Fabien Robert netted in the opening five minutes but a chaotic game turned on the questionable dismissal of Beye on the hour.

Delight: Portsmouth players celebrate after a dramatic late Marko Futacs winner

Delight: Portsmouth players celebrate after a dramatic late Marko Futacs winner

Kitson fell theatrically under
pressure from the veteran Senegalese to give away a penalty that Greg
Halford netted before converting a second spot-kick moments later drew
his side level.

The drama continued though as James
Coppinger immediately fired Doncaster ahead, which would have kept
Rovers up and relegated Pompey, until a barely believable finish that
left the home fans hooting their disapproval at the end.

By contrast the few hundred
travelling Pompey fans remained singing after the whistle having avoided
what would have been the latest sorry chapter in their recent history.

MATCH FACTS

Doncaster: Woods, O'Connor, Friend, Lockwood, Beye, Oster (Hird 59), Barnes, Gillett, Coppinger, Brown (Dumbuya 73), Robert (Hayter 46).

Subs not used: Sullivan, Bennett.

Portsmouth: Ashdown, Ward, Rocha, Pearce, Halford, Rekik (Futaks 76), Allan, Norris, Varney (Harris 46), Etuhu (Kitson 26), Maguire.

Subs not used: Mokoena, Scapuzzi.

Referee: Russell

Attendance: 8.196.

Boss Michael Appleton vowed that his
side would not give up until relegation was assured, which had looked
likely following a disastrous opening five minutes.

Only three minutes had passed when
Beye netted the opener, rising highest to meet a free-kick and loop his
header over goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown.

A stunned Pompey were 2-0 down
moments later when Robert stabbed home from close range after John
Oster's initial effort had been blocked by Ashdown.

The travelling support behind the
goal responded with ironic celebrations although their good humour was
almost tested again on seven minutes when Coppinger's dipping 25-yard
volley smacked against the crossbar.

Portsmouth's response to the early
onslaught was underwhelming as a hopeful 20-yard David Norris shot was
the best they could muster before Appleton decided on a change of
formation after 28 minutes.

He brought on striker Kitson for
winger Dickson Etuhu and it almost paid immediate dividends as Halford
saw his firm header cleared off the line moments later.

A Beye header then tested Ashdown
again at the other end, the goalkeeper this time punching for a corner,
before Robert fizzed a pass across goal that no one was in a position to
turn in.

Despite Pompey's predicament their
few hundred travelling fans remained in full voice and they cheered
louder still when news filtered through that Bristol City had taken the
lead at Birmingham, to confirm they would go down with anything but a
win.

With that threat looming likely
Portsmouth finally showed signs of life soon after half-time with Scott
Allen firing against the crossbar from range before Luke Varney drew a
low save from an acute angle.

The visitors were then given a
hotly-contested penalty on 57 minutes when Kitson fell theatrically
under pressure from Beye, who was then also given his marching orders
for denying a scoring opportunity.

The veteran Senegalese protested the decision but once he left the pitch Halford tucked in the spot-kick.

The home fans clearly felt aggrieved
at the decision and their mood was hardly helped when the referee
awarded a second penalty against James O'Connor moments later. Again
Halford scored the spot-kick, despite Gary Woods getting a hand on the
ball.

Portsmouth may have been lucky to be
level but it lasted just four minutes as Coppinger netted a fine solo
goal. After being released down the right he cut inside and fired a low
shot that took a deflection as it went through the legs of a defender to
ensure Ashdown was wrong-footed.

Doncaster then set about holding onto
their advantage, which would have kept their slim survival hopes alive,
but with time ticking down they conceded a third dubious goal when
Kitson appeared to handball over the line.

It got better for Pompey in injury
time when Futacs popped up in the area and slid in a winner in to send
Doncaster down after four years in the Championship.