Why #FSGOUT continues to bubble even as Liverpool triumph and rivals face moral and financial issues – The Athletic


Strolling between peddlers and the brightly painted bricks of Portobello Road in Notting Hill last Saturday afternoon was a smartly dressed man in a fedora hat, accompanied by his wife; distinguished by her knee-high tanned leather boots.

John W Henry, Liverpool’s principal owner, was in London on football business. The following evening he was pitchside at Wembley alongside his wife Linda. Also in attendance were Liverpool chairman Tom Werner and Billy Hogan, the club’s CEO. The photographs included a trophy after the club’s penalty shootout victory over Chelsea.

To some extent, it was a visit that Henry couldn’t win optically. If he hadn’t flown in from the United States for Liverpool’s second domestic grand final since 2012, his priorities would have been in question.

Yet his presence also evoked memories of the immediate past. In 2020, Fenway Sports Group’s (FSG) leadership in Project Big Picture and then their involvement last year in the launch of the European Super League (ESL) drew furious condemnation from club fans and well into the world. -of the.

If Henry and the organization he leads had been successful, the Carabao Cup would have received his death notice. That didn’t stop him from celebrating quietly in his glory, although a source told The Athletic he wanted to show his support for the EFL by being there. Big Picture, we forget, also promised to secure the future of all EFL clubs through huge Premier League grants and Henry had worked closely with Rick Parry, the EFL chairman, on the plan proposals.

Meanwhile, the sight of Hogan was another aide-mémoire for the ignominious putsch of Europe’s biggest clubs.

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