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Liverpool appoint new Managing director

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Liverpool FC Co-Chairmen, George Gillett and Tom Hicks, today announced the appointment of Christian Purslow as Managing Director of the Club.
Christian Purslow will assume overall management of the Club until the appointment of a new Chief Executive, and will then continue as a Board Director. As Managing Director, Purslow will represent the owners and oversee all financial and operational aspects of the Club, working with Rafa Benitez on player transfers and with the Club's Group Chief Financial Officer, Philip Nash and Commercial Director, Ian Ayre on Club and commercial management.

George Gillett said: "Tom and I felt that it was important to put a highly experienced and respected executive in place to run the Club and support the senior team and the Manager. There's a lot to get done over the summer to build on the great season we just had and Christian will be a valuable addition to the team."

Tom Hicks added: "Christian has been a great supporter of the Club for many years and he's already built up good relationships at Anfield. His strategic and commercial acumen will be a real asset and we're delighted that he has made a long term commitment to the Club."

Christian Purslow, 45, a long time Liverpool season ticket holder, is an Executive Board member of MidOcean Partners, a private equity firm which he co-founded. He was previously a director of Morgan Grenfell Private Equity. Prior to his private equity career Purslow was Head of Media, Cable and Entertainment for Schroder Salomon Smith Barney in Europe and head of UK Mergers and Acquisitions for Credit Suisse First Boston. Purslow is a fluent Spanish speaker, has a modern Languages degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson is conducting the CEO recruitment process and an appointment will be made in due course.

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posted Jun 22, 2009

Sounds like a good move, however have a look at the guys company website (www.midocean partners.com, and what they specialize in. Something is going on.Hicks and Gillett are oputing things into place, before the end of July.

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posted Jun 22, 2009

Translated as
Gillet - "I needed a dependable yes man now my mate Rick is gone"

When will people see we are better of with Hicks as sole owner.

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posted Jun 22, 2009

Its always good to have a mix of people in running an organization; you dont expect gerrard to do balance sheet anytime in the future....right? this guy seems to have the credentials plus he is a liverpool fan; what more can you ask for?

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posted Jun 22, 2009

As much as i want the two clowns out at least they are showing they're interested in the club (purely for financial reasons ofc).

But bringing in what seems to be a shrewd find for Managing director and selling or looking to sell their assets in other areas at least shows that they ain't going to use Liverpool for damage limitation. I hope thats the case.

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posted Jun 22, 2009

comment by Samuels_Dad (U2578880)
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What would Shanks say...????

The Red Sox franchise lurches from one comedy to another. I love it.......

Keith Mc
EFC
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Shankly would probably say, at least there's still only two good teams in Liverpool.... You know the rest.

Let's see what you have to say when you toffees are kitted out in Tesco Value strips, with your supporters getting clubcard points on your season tickets! Don't try having a go at a club for moving on into the new world to survive, when your own team is trying to do it, but is failing miserably!

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posted Jun 22, 2009

Yes, I know, I read the article.

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posted Jun 25, 2009

This guy sounds too good to be true.
Season ticket holder. Spanish speaker.
Degree from Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard.
Someone's been tinkering with his CV I reckon.

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posted Jul 27, 2009

A yes man for the yanks......it will all end in tears <laugh>

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posted Jul 27, 2009

Yeah,Bernie Madoff was equally qualified.He was even Chairman of the Stock Exchange.

Get my drift?

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posted Jul 27, 2009

Just a yes man.Do you really think he will be able to communicate with two power crazy americans. Whom bicker and see Liverpool not through eyes of soccer but a platform to play the ego game..all of them

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