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Former Liverpool chairman reveals Reds board was split over FSG takeover

Date Posted,April 11, 2017

Former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton has revealed the club’s board was split over the FSG takeover.

Broughton arrived at Anfield with a mandate to sell the Reds and did so within six months.

The FSG takeover ended the reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett but Broughton has revealed it could have been much different.

It has now emerged that the FSG forerunner New England Sports Ventures (NESV) got over the line in the sales process by a single vote, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Broughton has revealed how he was brought in as an independent chairman acceptable to both the owners and RBS Bank.

Martin Broughton (Photo: Getty)
Broughton with Roy Hodgson (Photo: PA)

The bank was owed in the region of £300m by Hicks and Gillett and wanted the sale of the club to progress to make sure they got their money back.

Tom Hicks and George Gillett refused to take part in the sale vote – claiming the board was not legally entitled to make the decision – but Sir Martin revealed for the first time that the three remaining members were also spilt.

As well as the NESV bid, a second was on the table which was also acceptable to all three remaining members of the board – Broughton, managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre.

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