Big Differences Between Ashley And Liverpool’s John Henry

The Chronicle has an interview with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who has had incredible backing from Fenway Sports Group (previously known as New England Sports Ventures) led by John W. Henry, and that organization also own the Boston Red Sox, who were again the World Series Champions last October – the third time in the last ten years since they bought the Red Sox – and they almost had Liverpool win the Premier League for the very first time earlier this month.

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John W Henry – leader of Fenway Park Sports – Liverpool owners

The last time the Red Sox had won the World Series before Fenway Park Sports took over in 2002, was way back in 1918 – (1969 seems so recent in comparison), so they would have been almost the perfect owners of Newcastle United Football Club – correction the perfect owners.

And certainly Liverpool fans can be very upbeat about their chances in the next year or two of winning the Premier League for the very first time, and they certainly seem to have appointed the right manager in Brendan Rodgers, who had Liverpool playing some wonderful stuff on the pitch.

Brendan is a friend of Alan Pardew, and he has again come out and defended the under-pressure Newcastle manager:

“You would hope so. It looks like his job is to create a young player, bring him in, develop and nurture players who don’t cost too much then put them back into the market and get the market value up.”

“He’s certainly done that with those types. But you have to invest. You have to keep improving.” “When they came fifth and just missed out, that was the time to go and then add a couple of strong players.”

“They get over 50,000 every week. It’s an incredible club. The supporters, the passion, the history.” “They’ve got the perfect manager for it – but he needs support.”

“When he had the players there, he just missed out on the Champions League.” “So it isn’t Alan Pardew’s fault.” “He’s a wonderful coach.” “He’s showed that he has good organised teams.”

“If you’ve got the club to the brink of the Champions League, and they don’t sign a player for 18 months, don’t blame the manager.”

The summer of 2012 was when Newcastle were starting to fly high again, and what did we do – we signed only one player – Vurnon Anita. 🙁

And we haven’t done too much better in the transfer windows that followed, and now we are in a little but of a crisis in having to virtually rebuild our squad this summer.

Can you imagine what the summer of 2012 would have been like if John W Henry was the owner of Newcastle – we would have signed a lot more than one single player – that’s for sure.

Leadership comes from the top – as we mentioned earlier this morning – and with the differing fortunes of Newcastle and Liverpool over the last couple of years, it’s not hard to tell which owner has the ambition to make their club great again.

Hint – it’s not Mike Ashley.

And one last thing – John Henry paid only £300M for Liverpool back in October of 2010 – the price Ashley will sell Newcastle for to recuperate his investment.

And I’ve just managed to put myself into a deep Monday morning depression. 😀

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • nut meg

    May 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Old pals act!

  • Greebol1892

    May 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah Coloccini played really well against a relegated Cardiff side who should have scored 3 goals against us….. With Colo playing, it’s -1 goal already.
    Also a great example off the pitch?! haha! Everyone knows he did that thing…..

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    See matron olsson is out of contract in June .. Would be a good option for cover for debuchy

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Martin not matron ..

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Out of the list of players we have been linked with this summer, Who would your starting 11 be for next season !!
    Andros townsend
    Remi cabella
    Jonjo shelve
    Jack colback
    Robert Snodgrass
    Joel obi
    Fraser Campbell
    Danny ings
    Kieren trippier
    Ross mcormack
    Pierre Michael lassoga
    Will keane
    Ayoze perez
    David marshall
    Fabien delph
    Andreas weimann
    Wilfed zaha
    Jack rodewell
    Saido Berahino
    Aaran hunt
    Darren bent
    Dimitri payet
    Bafe gomis
    Kenywin jones
    Micah Richards
    Mohamed diame
    Mark noble
    Hugo almeida
    Stefan radu
    Kevin constant
    Siem de jong
    Loic remy

  • Thump

    May 26, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Brendan is right – Pardew does have an organised team.

    “Right Tim! What I want you to do is hoof it out wide; just aim in the general direction of Goofy or Sissoko and hope for the best. Brilliant! Now, Goofy! You’ve got the ball. What do you do with it?”

    “Uh… pass it back to Santon?”

    “Spot on! Davide! What do you do?”

    “Give it to Colo.”

    “Now you get it! Remember, always sideways, never forwards!”

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Collo is a quality player .. Bit slow and heading isn’t great .. Great on the ball.. Tackling and distribution excellent..can’t understand people slating him

  • geordie157

    May 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    If we get a good offer for krul I’d sell him and bring back forster or sign Alex McCarthy.

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    One thing we need compared to last season is a full squad .. Ie. Players who can come off the bench to replace our first choices .. Wonder is that why we are looking at Mendy from nice to back up tiote

  • catchy in norway

    May 26, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    oh wow

    there’s a surprise, Rodgers sticking up for a friend and a fellow manager

    im sure that’s like me say my best friend is great, a good laugh, always has time for me, yet every one knows he beats his wife, and says nothing about that,

    rodegers, stick to your own club, and worry why you cost your club the title this year.

    his job may be to do the things you mentioned, but surely he has an obligation to the fans too, fans do not want to turn up at home games and watch us be dominated by wigan,hull,villa, SUNDERLAD for crist sake,cardiff,
    these teams are near the bottom of the league nearly every year now,

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    France Football: Newcastle United are interested in OGC Nice defensive midfielder Nampalys Mendy, they claim

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 26, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ve never agreed with any of your posts and your stoic defence of Ashley, but at least now I understand you, if you honestly think Mashers will pay enough to keep Remy proves beyond a shadow of doubt you are not right in the head.

  • catchy in norway

    May 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #13

    can anyone answer this

    a few weeks ago, the news going around was that pardew had had enough of the French players, he wanted to build the team around “British Talent”,

    why are we linked with so many French players again,
    and why are we linked with mainly attack minded players ?,,


  • catchy in norway

    May 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail for Ashley


    Amen on that

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Jazzyp read that .. Wonder why we didn’t get him for free last year though .. He’s a small player still developing .. Strong in the tackle 5 foot 6 .. Good back up for tiote .. Or is it instead of Anita .. As pardew likes the 2 def midfielder .. in a 5 in the middle

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Catchy pardew wants British .. Ashley wants cheap .. British are too dear for the quality .. Except at least one British though as you need a few homegrown players

  • catchy in norway

    May 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #17


    well then , isn’t pardew just setting himself up for a fall again?

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Catchy we also have no attacking players hence the need for 2 strikers and 2 creative midfielders.. Add a winger on there as well .. Everywhere else we need squad players except cb . we could do with a commanding cb who is fast

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Yep pardew will get one British maybe zaha is my guess .. Or sidwell instead of Mendy .. But money talks and the French players on offer are top quality imo

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    No nothing about him mate. Personally think there is more important position’s to sort out bud don’t you as in actually having a decent CF at the club

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #21

    M Richards
    A townsend would be a good start if English is the way forward

  • beermonkey

    May 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #22


    there are plenty of british players out there that we could afford,
    if we buy French there gonna take a year to settle
    I don’t see the point in bringing them in for the first team, yes we need to bring them in but we also need a couple of players that are prem ready then we can bring them on through the year, we wont they will struggle and then deemed shit
    debuchy a seasoned pro played champions league football he struggled that first 6 mnth and was pretty open about it

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    Jazzyp .. I’m no expert on him either they say he is similar to makele my worry he is small so to make up for it he needs to be excellent in ball winning and passing .. From what I can tell his passing is good but not exceptional ..
    I agree though a fast commanding cb is key for us .. Never mind a first choice striker pair .. Would love doumbia or batshuayi .. Looks like we are going for the cheap options .. Lassoga might be good though

  • catchy in norway

    May 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #24


    my problem is the attacking side of things

    Jonas, my player of the year for a few years running, pardew turns him into a DMLC

    gouffy, good enough CF/LWF, pardew has turned him into a defensive LW

    falling out with marv, because he will not defend

    falling out with HBA because he wont defend

    killed Cisse trying to turn him into a RW

    killed Ba turning him into a left winger

    damaged Cabaye making him play to deep, should have been much higher up the pitch

    here is a novel idea, why not coach some attacking into them,

    not a dig at you 🙂

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Caulker .. Not sure .. Something lineker said about him worried me .. He said he is slow on the turn .. Not what we need as we have collo and will who are excellent in large turning circles .. I like Townsend though .. Richards is excellent when fit .. But he his always injured ..

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Catchy I agree what we need is a good attacking coach as well .. Would love a different manager like de Boer of course though

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #27

    Catchy agreed on cabaye when he was pushed up the pitch he was at his best .. Thatsvwhen he was here hunting down players and making great passes .. I hope cabella does this for us

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #28

    Didn’t Percy realise he had made a mistake with Ba hence putting him back through the middle which coincided in Ba banging in 13 goals in half a season before being sold.
    And wasn’t Cabs playing just behind the Cf scoring for fun until again being sold.
    Agree with Marvs and Hba tho mate as he has pretty much ruined there career’s at Nufc

  • beermonkey

    May 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #29

    catchy @24

    you mean let them play in there natural position

    with 2 holding mids should be enough cover

    also if we allowed our overlapped player to go forward in to the box instead of stopping and defending the opposition would have to pull players back to defend, so less to attack with if we lose the ball instead we never commit men forward thus the opposition are never pressed into defending

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #30

    Beermonkey agreed we don’t seem to attack as a team .. Needs improving a lot this year … Some people may disagree but we missed santon last year

  • sweendog

    May 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Would love to see hiadara get a proper run out though and allowed to attack

  • thejokethatisnufc

    May 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #32

    If I was Pardew id go back to coaching college I really would it might help him


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