Liverpool legends speak out against owners

The growing calls for Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett to sell up as soon as possible have been echoed by a host of former players, speaking in the Liverpool Echo on Tuesday.

Recently the Echo finally spoke out against the turbulent ownership of LFC with a front page comment urging the American duo to do the right thing and leave.

And last week former chairman David Moores expressed his own regret at selling to Gillett and Hicks in February 2007, urging them to “accept their role in the club’s current demise, and stand aside with dignity”.

Now former captains Phil Thompson and Tommy Smith, along with Alan Kennedy, Jimmy Case, John Aldridge, Ian St. John and Terry McDermott, have joined the growing campaign to oust the owners who have burdened the club with over £350m of debt.

Thompson told the Echo “I am an ex-player and an ex-assistant manager but overall I am a fan and I hate seeing the club in the mess it is in at the moment.

“As a club, we always did things well in the past but the way things have gone under the current ownership is shameful.

“A top-level club needs strong leadership but it is not there. Our owners handle the club from far away and only seem to agree to disagree.

“Until the club is sold, we are going nowhere. I heard they want between £600m and £800m and it could take over a year to happen.

“It is like a dagger through the heart reading that because we want them gone.

“Chairman Martin Broughton has to tell the owners what is a proper price for the club and convince them to get the deal done quickly.

“These are worrying times and I am dreading a transfer window where we have to settle for free transfers and cheap buys. We need owners who are going to invest.”

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