Are FSG Really The Best Owners for Liverpool FC?

It has been 5 years since FSG took over at Liverpool FC and if you were anything like me, you greeted their arrival with sheer jubilation at first as you realized that the end of the cowboy’s tenure had finally come and gone, but that jubilation in my case anyway, was very much tempered due to the near demise of our beloved football club as a result of the shenanigans of our past rogue owners, jubilation did not lead directly to trust.

There are very few areas where I speak in absolutes. I do not believe the world works that way, which means that within my own mind at least, the conflict between jubilation and lack of trust did not negate each other. This was not the type of antimatter/matter conflict that leads to absolute destruction. The world can exist among the shadows, there will always be an overlap between black and white and that overlap was there for all to see.

The parting of ways could only be celebrated, but you’d be hard pressed to find a Liverpool fan with any substance that would just jump straight in without feeling the sting of “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” That was not FSG’s fault, it just was.

In that sense, it could be argued that the jubilation had more to do with the fact that Hicks and Gillette had departed the building than anything to do with FSG actually becoming the owner’s. It could then also be argued that all FSG really got was a barrage of trepidation straight from the onset and therefore were always one misstep away from being hounded out of town. Was that the right way for Liverpool fans to react or feel? Probably not, but like I said, there are no absolutes here. There are no Cinderella stories that we can all just embrace wholeheartedly. There is just this quagmire of mixed emotions and conflicting points of views and when all is said and done, for some, it is the hardest thing in the world to find your way out from.

When you look at the way the last five years have panned out though, you can, if you are reasonably attuned to your inner feelings and willing to embrace arguments not with a sense of who is right or wrong, but with a genuine need for honest debate, come out of the discussion on any variety of sides. It’s the whole black/white overlap thing again.

It can be argued that FSG have not delivered what they set out to do and yet looking at the very same facts, it could be argued that FSG have delivered on more promises than not.

It is this conflict, that drives the discussion. There are no finite answers and in my case, I find it very difficult to take anyone that is so clear about their point of view seriously, without being provided with a clear, well thought out rationale for how they got to that point of view in the first place.

But can I provide you with a detailed analysis of how FSG have performed?

I am not sure I can, but that will not stop me from trying, so stay tuned, because I will hopefully be able to provide a series of posts about this topic, while we wait for the real season to kick off.







Neboneid H

I write mostly long winded metaphors and hard to comprehend similes but once you get to know me, you’ll probably invite me to your wedding. Plus I do Dad Jokes, lots and lots of dad jokes.

  • Gano1

    When FSG paid off our debts to the banks we were about to go into administration, It was that gloomy, nobody can deny that was the case. We had chaos in the boardroom, stadium plans costing multi-£millions, players being sold off too, Rafa was forced to make a profit in his last 4 transfer windows.
    Since then FSG have the club back in the black financially, many more commercial deals in place, 60 concept stores in Indonesia alone, merchandising distribution centres in Asia, multiple club stores (more planned), offices opened in London, offices opening in Asia too, stadium expansion well underway, turnover rapidly increasing. In that time we have won the League Cup, got to the FA Cup final, came second in the PL (should have won it), got to 2 Cup semi-finals and given BR (£250m+) to spend on players.
    We are in a much better position as a club going forward, with much still to do, we have not been in such a good position off the pitch for a long time. With an eventual capacity of 59,000 we can compete much better, also the whole area of Anfield is getting a £260m face-lift which was badly needed, the area will be much better for it. So yes we can still have a moan but look at the big picture here, the difference between H+G is night and day, FSG have been very good for us…………………….without a doubt.

  • disgustedred

    Couldn’t have said it better, unfortunately there are too many supposed Liverpool supporters who’ve yet to grow up and constantly crave instant gratification. Some of them pour their ire and vitriol on BR and FSG by the tanker load on every blog available to them, I’d love to name some of them but threats to beat me up for disagreeing with their point of view tends to make me wary, they can’t get it into their tiny minds that Liverpool FC was 24 hours from going bust until FSG stepped in, and that we don’t have a Sheik or Oligarch pouring billions into the Anfield coffers. We may well have had a Sheik if it hadn’t been for Parry and Moores dodgy dealings with the cowboys.

  • nebhamoo

    Which to be honest, is what the rest of these parts will look at. Anyone blatantly calling FSG duds or want them out are missing the whole picture.

  • Ismael Nguema

    the only think i want now is to buy benteke, marco reus y inter milan midfielder

  • Ismael Nguema

    liverpool don’t have to west time we need those players right now

  • Gano1

    Anyone can say BR should be sacked but nobody can seriously suggest FSG are bad for Liverpool.

  • C Aunger

    FSG are building LFC into a massive brand and successful eco-system, that will in time ensure that LFC will be up there and with the added hopeful luck win trophies along the way

    They are trying do this keeping traditions still relevant

    look LFC have had 1 champ league in 5 years. Yet our revenues keep on growing and growing and debt of hicks and Gill paper drawings 4x million will eventually evaporate.

    their aim to build an match day income to match arsenal and man utd (the two biggest in the league) and a global brand to do the same.

    we only lost the league because of bizzare unfairness the other year. off side goals and sendings off that didnt happen, but that’s life. referees need apartments in the UAE so strange decisions get made. oh & had gerrard left a year earlier we would of won the league by miles, becuase lucas would of stopped many more goals where gerrard didnt track the player back.

    love to see a documentary examining the income and retired referees of the world , would make for interesting watching no doubt.

  • CSD

    Well you got your Benteke

  • CSD

    If someone had laid out where we’d be right now while Hicks and Gillette were still owners, I think anyone would have still picked FSG. They are experts at the business side and learning the football side. We’ll get where we want to be and will be in a position not to lose ground when we do get back to being a force to be reckoned with.

  • 666v1nny

    You may argue there’s richer owners out there.but better, very unlikely.yes you can argue Utd have more money but look at how vulnerable the club are.the glaziers’ weren’t willing to risk their own money on buying the club.they borrowed against the value of the club.that has them balancing on a knife edge permanently.as much as I would love to see Utd relegated every season for the next few years watching them go to the wall because of the way the club is wrong is not something I like seeing in football at all.the premier league has to some responsibility for allowing it to happen as well.nobody should be allowed to buy a club by borrowing against the club leaving it so precariously.if that’s what makes them a bigger club these days then good luck to them, they need it.