06 February 2007

In re takeover: Hm.

Well, the takeover is done. I was watching the press conference while I was getting ready for classes this morning, and I have to say, it's weird to hear someone with a Texas accent answering questions at Anfield. But they said a couple of things that were good to hear -- especially that they're not carrying any debt into their purchase of the club, and that they're planning to break ground fairly soon on the new stadium. I was less happy to hear that selling naming rights is a possibility, but that's not entirely surprising, considering that the Dallas Stars play at the American Airlines Center and the Rangers at Ameriquest Field. (To say nothing of the Reebok and the Emirates in the Premiership.) I'd like to see whatever new stadium still be called Anfield, though, mostly because I'm a big sap about things like that. But really, as long as it's not "the Stadium in Liverpool," I'll be okay with it.

All in all, it's really still too soon to tell about things like this, I think. Everyone was predicting disaster when the Glazers bought Manchester United a few seasons ago, and they seem to be doing pretty well these days. So, I'm cautiously optimistic, and I'm happy that they've said the priority is going to be getting a new stadium and better players. But yeah, definitely taking a wait-and-see approach here. (And trying to figure out whether the Fiver is going to start calling them the Liverpool Stars, the Liverpool Canadiens, or the Liverpool Rangers. Either way, it's better than the MU Soccerball Rowdies, I think.)

5 comments:

Jen said...

Today it's the Merseyside Redskins. Personally, I would go for Les Habitants de Liverpool.

ynba said...

Well, and the Redskins is inaccurate. In that neither of them own an NFL team. (Though, really, it's not helped by Hicks calling them "the Liverpool Reds.")

badgerdaddy said...

Have you read this?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/6303863.stm

ynba said...

Huh. Interesting -- those are hard questions to deal with. I'd like to see more people coming up through the youth system, too.

Drewcatt said...

Personally, I like the F365 approach; Yankeepool...

It has a certain ring to it.