Hicks & Gillett try to remove Purslow as sale draws near

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Liverpool Football Club could be on the brink of sale, subject to legal issues, after two “excellent” offers for the club were tabled this evening.

It also emerged this evening that shortly before a board meeting at the club, current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett attempted to replace Managing Director Christian Purslow and Commercial Director Ian Ayre from the board of directors.

A statement from the club reads:

The Board of Directors have received two excellent financial offers to buy the Club that would repay all its long-term debt. A Board meeting was called today to review these bids and approve a sale. Shortly prior to the meeting, the owners – Tom Hicks and George Gillett – sought to remove Managing Director Christian Purslow and Commercial Director Ian Ayre from the Board, seeking to replace them with Mack Hicks and Lori Kay McCutcheon.

This matter is now subject to legal review and a further announcement will be made in due course.

Meanwhile Martin Broughton, Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre continue to explore every possible route to achieving a sale of the Club at the earliest opportunity.

Mack Hicks is the son of Tom, and Lori Kay McCutcheon is vice president Hicks Holdings. This signals a clear intention for Hicks to gain control of the boardroom. The Texan is unrepentant in his desire to remain at the club, despite he and co-owner George Gillett officially placing the club up for sale in April.

Gillett, according to reports, has “given up the ghost” and all the moves being made to hold onto the club are from Hicks.

A legal challenge from club chairman Broughton, Purslow and Ayre is expected to be pursued in a way of pushing through the club’s sale under the noses of Hicks and Gillett.

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