Joint statement from the Spirit of Shankley and ShareLiverpoolFC
Spirit of Shankly-ShareLiverpoolFC welcomes the likely end of Hicks and
Gillett’s ownership of LFC, regardless of the current attempts to
prolong this process.
At this stage we remain open minded about any new ownership regime.
However our long held view that supporter ownership is right for
Liverpool Football Club remains unaltered. The aspiration amongst
supporters to become part of the ownership of LFC by investing our own
money and to have our interests represented in the running of the club,
still very much exists.
Recent experience has demonstrated that meaningful fan representation
through democratic supporter ownership is the only fail-safe way that we
can ensure that a reoccurrence of recent events never happens again.
This requires supporter ownership through a direct equity shareholding
in LFC, in partnership with new owners, giving the supporters real and
meaningful representation. This is also the best way that the club can
rebuild its relationship with tens of thousands of disenfranchised fans
who want the opportunity to invest in their club’s future.
We will all be delighted to see the back of Hicks & Gillett, but at
one level we are back where we were in 2007. At that time, supporters
welcomed the new owners with open arms. This time, we are better
informed and this time, tens of thousands of Liverpool’s supporters have
demonstrated their willingness and ability to invest their own money in
the Club. This time, there is an opportunity to create a unique
partnership between supporters and new owners to everyone’s benefit.
We continue to pursue these goals and look forward to engaging with
new owners to ensure that they fully understand the benefits of
supporter ownership to the club, the wider community and themselves as
Spirit Of Shankly – ShareLiverpoolFC