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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

Cheltenham"s New Year"s Day fixture abandoned

Balding's parade is rained on as Cheltenham's New Year's Day fixture is abandoned

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UPDATED:

13:29 GMT, 31 December 2012

Host: Balding is part of Channel 4 racing's new-look team

Host: Balding is part of Channel 4 racing's new-look team

Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day fixture at Prestbury Park has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Clare Balding had been due to make her Channel 4 Racing debut from Cheltenham but the abandonment means the former BBC presenter will be broadcasting from a stable in Berkshire.

The only live action will be from Musselburgh and Channel 4 will send Balding and Mick Fitzgerald to visit trainer Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows, Lambourn, home of Gold Cup contenders Bobs Worth and Long Run.

Channel 4 Racing executive producer Carl Hicks said: 'We have arranged for Clare and Mick to visit Seven Barrows.

'Nicky Henderson has so many high-profile horses to run before the Festival, there is plenty to see and talk about.'

Not at the races: Cheltenham's New Year's Day meeting was called off on Monday morning

Not at the races: Cheltenham's New Year's Day meeting was called off on Monday morning

Wet: Further rain is forecast at the racetrack

Wet: Further rain is forecast at the racetrack

Course officials originally scheduled an inspection for 3pm on Monday but the meeting was abandoned long before that.

Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse told At The Races: 'Sadly we've had to take the decision earlier than we thought to abandon the meeting.

'We've had more rainfall and there's quite a lot more rain forecast between now and 2pm. The course is waterlogged in too many places.'

Vincent Kompany sets up his own record label

Kompany set to top charts on and off the pitch, as City captain sets up own record label

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UPDATED:

13:50 GMT, 8 December 2012

The move from football to the pop charts is not a traditional one, though there have been players, such as Ian Wright and Andy Cole, who felt they could turn their hand to music.

For the most part these forays into the music business tend to be unsuccessful, but Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany seems to think he can buck the trend, and has launched his own record label.

Perhaps the Belgian will have more success on the business side than those who chose to step in front of a microphone. He also took on a Business Masters earlier this year, proving himself to be a multi-talented man.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany talks to teammates in training

Kompany will be looking forward to tomorrow's Premier League clash with Manchester United

Vincent Company celebrates in his Manchester City strip

The Manchester City skipper has launched a new record label aiming to discover young musical talent

The as yet unnamed label has already recruited two artists – 20-year-old Jasper Erkens, a singer-songwriter, and a rapper named Coely.

The 18-year-old has already had musical success in Belgium with her single called Ain’t Chasing Pavements.

His partner in the venture, record producer Klaas Gaublomme, said that the Manchester City star is the perfect man to inspire the young artists they are looking to sign.

Manchester City's captain Vincent Kompany launches his own record label

The Belgian is also studying for a Business Masters

‘Vincent has made it all the way from being a street footballer to the very highest level,’ he said. ‘So he is the ideal person to accompany young musical talent with his knowledge and experience.’

‘The idea of him having a record label came up during one of our trips to the Congo, where Vincent works as an ambassador for the SOS Children’s Villages charity.

‘Vincent will principally stay in Manchester and identify new acts from there. We won’t act rashly.’

The defender will be gearing up for Sunday’s derby clash with Premier League leaders Manchester United, where City will attempt to knock the Reds off the top spot.

LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS: Will.i.am carries torch in Taunton

Crowds flock to see Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am carry Olympic torch in Taunton

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UPDATED:

20:06 GMT, 21 May 2012

The Voice judge Will.i.am carried the Olympic Torch on Tuesday.

The Black Eyed Peas star was cheered on by thousands of people as he ran through Taunton carrying the flame.

The United States-born music producer was a surprise addition to the line-up on day three of the relay.

Where is the love: Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am carried the Olympic torch through Taunton

Where is the love: Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am carried the Olympic torch through Taunton

Will.i.am, 37, looked at ease in the warm weather as he jogged through the Somerset town centre.

The Metropolitan Police Torch Security Team, which runs alongside the torchbearer, kept a watchful eye on the cheering crowd.

The music producer's torch was 'kissed' by that held by 26-year-old taekwondo instructor Chloe Lock, from Honiton, Devon, to light the flame.

Popular man: The crowds flock to see Will.i.am

Popular man: The crowds flock to see Will.i.am

Before he started running he was passed his mobile phone and was tweeting as he set off down the road under Union Flag bunting and surrounded by screaming fans.

He held his phone in the air indicating to people to follow him on the social networking site.

After a couple minutes he waved to the crowd while smiling broadly.

Crowd pleaser: Will.i.am carries the torch to the cheers of the watching crowd

Crowd pleaser: Will.i.am carries the torch to the cheers of the watching crowd

Multitasking: Will.i.am looks at his phone while carrying the torch

Multitasking: Will.i.am looks at his phone while carrying the torch

He also turned around to perform a short moonwalk to the delight of onlookers.

Thousands turned out to watch the torch travel through the town unaware of the surprise appearance.

They waved colourful flags and children held homemade torches made from bright yellow and red paper.

Will.i.am's turn in the relay was over in under five minutes when he passed the flame to the next runner, biathlete Emma Fowler.

Speaking after his run, the music star said: 'That was like a surreal moment.

'I remember in 1984 the Olympics in Los Angeles, me being a little Will watching it on TV wishing I could be at the Olympic Games.

'I had that flashback when they handed me the torch to run in Taunton.

'It's like a blast moment and a surreal moment and a can't believe it moment all at the same time.

'I got a little more nervous this time than all the things I have done.

'I am not holding a flame when I am performing in front of people and the last thing you want to do is make a mistake with fire in your hands.'

Will.i.am said: 'I'm a huge Olympics fan. I want to see the swimming match, I want to see Usain Bolt.

'I want to see if he's really that fast because I want to race him one day. I wouldn't win but I want to see how close I would come.'

The star said he was amazed at the number of people who had turned the relay through Taunton into a real family occasion.

On the run: Will.i.am jogs through the streets of Taunton

On the run: Will.i.am jogs through the streets of Taunton

Job done: Will.i.am passes the Olympic flame to Emma Fowler on the relay leg through Taunton

Job done: Will.i.am passes the Olympic flame to Emma Fowler on the relay leg through Taunton

'I just saw everyone coming out, excited that the running of the torch was here in their neighbourhood, in their city and pride for the city,' he said.

'To see families and little kids and their parents and everyone just having a good time – I am so glad I came here. It's great people, great energy, a great vibe.

'There's one area, it's like a village of houses and it looked like the neighbourhood I came from in Boyle Heights, where the neighbours looked after the neighbours, and it looked like a real community and that reminded me of the community I come from.'

He confessed he had never been to a cricket ground before and added: 'But I reckon I would be pretty good.'

There were no mishaps for Will.i.am, real name William Adams, unlike earlier when the torch went out for the first time during the 2012 relay and had to be relit.