Ex-chairman Moores' 'heartbreak' over Anfield row

April 12, 2008

The power struggle at Liverpool is turning the club into a laughing stock, according to David Moores, the former chairman who sold out to the warring American co-owners.

Moores, who is the club's honorary life president and who still has a seat on the board, said the damage being done to Liverpool was 'heart-breaking'.

He has also been disgusted by co-owner Tom Hicks' demand for club chief executive Rick Parry to resign less than two days after Liverpool made it into the Champions League semi-finals.

In a interview in the Liverpool Echo, Moores said: 'It's heartbreaking. I'm almost lost for words about the damage that's being done to the club at the present time.

'As a fan, and as someone who loves the club, it is totally unacceptable to see this being played out in the public arena.

'When things are played out like they are at present it virtually makes the club a laughing stock.'

He added: 'This is most certainly not what the club is about. In fact, I can't ever remember, even going back to when I was a supporter as a kid, stuff being played out in public like we have seen in the last six months.

'It is embarrassing and it is not an acceptable way of doing things.

'I've never known anything like it and I'm just absolutely shell-shocked.

'The most heartbreaking thing about all of this is that we were on such a high after the Arsenal game on Tuesday night and then this comes along and completely takes over the great things the players and the manager did.

'Everyone should be going on about how well they performed and how brilliant Rafa (Benitez's) tactics were. I mean, for goodness sake, three Champions League semi-finals in just four years is an unbelievable achievement.'

Parry is refusing to budge from his position, and has the support of the other American co-owner, George Gillett, and Moores.

The problem for Liverpool is neither Hicks nor Gillett can sell their respective 50% shareholdings without the permission of the other.

Meanwhile, Dubai International Capital continue to wait in the wings until the struggle has been resolved.

Moores admitted he had never envisaged the takeover a year ago causing such huge problems and called on Hicks and Gillett to resolve their differences.

He added: 'All I can say is I feel very sorry that it has come to this.

'I do feel let down. With everything that's going on, I have to feel let down.

'This is not how I foresaw it and I'm sure it's not how the fans foresaw it.

'If I could have afforded to take the club forward I would have done, but I couldn't. I didn't have the sort of money you need for a new stadium and £30-40million a year for new players.'

Moores claimed he had had faith in the Americans to deliver their promises but they had not materialised.

'It was in total good faith. I believed these fellas, I believed everything they said to me and they said it all again to the fans via the media and you can judge for yourselves whether they kept their promises,' Moores added.

'I am surprised because I thought that the pair of them, from what they said to me and to the fans through the media, that they appreciated the heritage and the values of the club.

'They talked about putting the money in and the new stadium and having no debt on the club. At the time I think we all felt it would be a good deal but it's not all materialised.'