philipl Posted October 3, 2010 Share Posted October 3, 2010 Where did October vanish to? Before you all panic, this is probably the earliest preview thread ever. But I thought I would mark the few minutes Blackpool are leading 2-0 at Anfield with a contribution to remind you that anything is possible in football and that Rovers have indeed won at Anfield more than once in living memories. I am going to update this preview when we get to the other side of the international break but I want to record a big thank you to Dr Rogan Taylor of Liverpool Universty's Football Industry Group for answering my questions so incredibly promptly. I hope you find this an interesting read: PL Both our clubs will in all probability have new owners before we play each other. Are you one of the 97% of Liverpool supporters who thinks a 9 point deduction would be a small price to pay for getting rid of Gillett and Hicks? RT Yes. Hicks & Gillett are like millstones round our necks as we drown in a sea of debt. But I'm even more concerned about what/who comes next. 'Frying pan' and 'fire' come to mind...... PL What are the lessons of Gillett and Hicks a club like Rovers contemplating new and inevitably foreign owners should learn from? RT That you shouldn't believe a word they say! That fans should interrogate their intentions very closely - and do as much due diligence as you can on how their 'business model' is supposed to work. The very best protection you can get is to raise money collectively in a Trust; persuade the current owners to require any new owner to accept a minimum 10% equity investment from that Trust (with board representation and the opportunity to increase their equity stake when shares are sold). That way you start to move towards the only real protection a club can get from 'passing strangers' who fancy screwing you with money they've borrowed. If you want stability, longevity, accessibility and profitability for your club, fan/community ownership is the key. Just ask yourself: Which of the top five European Leagues is - The best attended - The most profitable - The cheapest to access (with the lowest ticket prices) The answer is the Bundesliga. What's special about the Bundesliga? Every Club in the league is majority owned by its fan/members. PL Given your in-depth knowledge of clubs and fans, are the Premier League and Champions League purely the preserve of big city clubs now or can the town clubs still break through? RT It is increasingly difficult because size really does count - much more than before. The matchday income; stadium utilisation; commercial attractiveness etc. are crucial in sustaining the costs of top teams. But 'the dream' is still alive: with a great manager; a brilliant recruitment and talent-development policy, and a bit of luck, it can be done. PL Are the regulations Platini is bringing in about financial fair play fair or workable or simply a device to protect the status quo in football by blocking any future Jack Walker? RT We don't really have the space to to do this question justice - but Jack Walkers are very rare creatures - and the impact of sugar daddy owners like Abramovich & Mansour (who make Jack look like a pauper) is to pervert the model for everyone else. But do we want it to be 'fair'? I'm not sure. PL How do you feel about our old boy Woy replacing Raffa? RT Fine. He's inherited a nightmare - but he looks like a good man to hold our hand and lead us from death to rebirth! PL To be fair to Hodgson, he produced six months of the best football Rovers have played in the Premier League before he lost the plot. Are there signs yet of exciting free flowing football returning to Anfield? RT No. PL Kenny Dalglish was quoted a few weeks ago as saying Liverpool can win the Premier League this season and of course he knows how to win the Premier League as a Manager. Can Liverpool do it? RT You're kidding (and so's Kenny) PL Do Blackburn Rovers have any chance whatsoever of winning at Anfield? RT As things look today (just prior to the home game v Blackpool), I would think there's every chance of Rovers getting a result. PL When do you think Torres and Gerrard will be back to their best? RT Gerrard's fine - but he's virtually on his own in terms of class. I have a real worry that Torres might 'do a Michael Owen' - after a long series of injuries, lose that extra yard and never regain it - when your whole game depends on it. He gets little service these days anyway - and the body language looks telling. Not happy about the outlook there. PL A score prediction? RT 2 - 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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