After meeting the manager and players at Melwood this morning, NESV Chairman Thomas Werner gave an exclusive interview to Liverpoolfc.tv.
First of all Thomas, what was it that attracted NESV to Liverpool Football Club?
I think that Liverpool is one of the great clubs in all of sport, it’s history, it’s tradition, it’s fans – in some ways it’s similar to the fans of the Boston Red Sox in that they’re loyal, they’re passionate and it’s our good fortune to be stewards and we hope that we will take care of this extraordinary club and provide it with the resources and the commitment to win in the near future and hopefully restore some of its lustre.
How relieved are you that the events of the past few days are over and that we can look forward?
I think it’s been a very interesting rollercoaster but now our focus is on stabilising the club. We’ve been with the players this morning and the manager and we introduced ourselves, told them that we’re here to be supportive, to be constructive and we have a great history in Boston of providing the resources to win and we expect to do the same.
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How special was it to visit Melwood?
Well we actually have been at Melwood before, we came here under the radar about four or six weeks ago, but it’s always a pleasure to be around players because, after all, they are the heart and soul of the club and if we can give a message to our fans it is that we’re going to be very supportive and we’re going to listen. We look forward to spending the next few days here talking to various stakeholders and telling them about a little bit our track record and how we’re going to go about our business.
How confident are you that you’ll be able to translate the success you’ve had in Boston into English football and lead Liverpool to success?
I think one message I’d like to give is I’d rather under promise and over deliver. But if you look at our track record in Boston – and the Boston Red Sox have some similarities with Liverpool – we came into a situation where the club had not won actually for 86 years and we hope to win much faster than that. It’s an honour to be here, we’re humbled by this and we just want to tell our fans that we’re going to listen to them, we’re on their side and finally it’s about winning on the pitch.
There has been such an overwhelming reaction of joy among Liverpool fans since this deal went through – how does that make you feel?
We are quietly confident but we would like to say to our fans that we are honest, we care, we’re focused, we have brought great management into Boston and we look forward to doing whatever we can to strengthen the club. We can’t wait to see everybody at Anfield.