Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Evans wary as US suitors close in

Roy Evans
Roy Evans

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans admits the club "cannot afford to jump out of the frying pan into the fire" with their sale to New England Sports Ventures.

Although the prospective new owners have built up a good reputation in charge of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, it is difficult to predict how their approach to American sports will transfer to somewhere like Anfield.

"We can't afford to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire," Evans said.

Some people are cautious about the arrival of NESV, considering the problems experienced with current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, and Evans is waiting to be convinced.

He continued: "We need someone to come to this club who will take us forward. I am not taking it as read yet, I don't know if it's going to happen and I don't know if it's the right thing.

"It has to be the right people to make sure the club runs smoothly and goes back to the days we all loved when we were successful."

Former midfielder Ronnie Whelan, who played in one of those successful sides in the 1980s, is more upbeat about the sale.

"I would be delighted if someone new took over," he said. "You wipe away the debt and you can get players in. Until that happens, Liverpool are struggling.

"We all know they're struggling - third from bottom with seven games gone.

"They need something to boost the football club and somebody taking over and putting a lot of money in would be great for Liverpool."

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