Henry backs Hodgson

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New England Sports Ventures (NESV) owner John W Henry (R) arrives at Melwood soccer training ground in Liverpool October 16, 2010. Liverpool's tortured takeover battle ended on Friday with the owners of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox completing their 300 million pounds ($480.8 million) purchase of the Premier League club. New England Sports Ventures (NESV) said the deal, welcomed by jubilant fans but dismissed as an epic swindle and organised conspiracy by ousted co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks, had eliminated all of the acquisition debt placed on the club by the American pair. REUTERS/Stringer  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

New Liverpool owner John W. Henry has backed current manager Roy Hodgson, having met the Englishman at Melwood on Saturday morning.

Henry, principal owner of NESV, and Thomas Werner, chairman of NESV, are currently in Liverpool and enjoyed a guided tour of the stadium and training ground, meeting the players and informing them of their plans for the future of the club.

Werner and Henry have spoken of not making promises but instead actually delivering success, “under promise and over achieve” is what Werner told players and staff at Melwood.

Henry explained “One thing I’m going to try not to do is to create a lot of expectations.”

“There’s a lot of work to be done to get this club to where it needs to be,” Henry said. “There is a great nucleus here off the field and on the field and we think we can build from that, but it’s not going to be easy.

“We’ve got real challenges but we’ve got a very strong organization, financially and otherwise, we have some terrific strategic thinkers and we’re going to be attacking this head on.”

Liverpool forward Ryan Babel said on Twitter that it “was a short but good meeting. He [Henry] is humble and proud to be part of LFC.”

Manager Roy Hodgson said yesterday “A cloud has been lifted and now the players can play without any fear. We are a proud club.”

“He was very much looking forward to becoming the new owner and he was looking forward to working with me and the people who were here.”

Henry isn’t expected to attend the Merseyside derby on Sunday, his first game in attendance as owner will be against Blackburn the following Sunday.

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