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.
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. 😀