By Brian Reade
AN EPIC SWINDLE is the interior tale of the way Liverpool FC got here inside of hours of being re-possessed by means of the banks after the shambolic 44-month reign of yankee vendors Tom Hicks and George Gillett. it's the story of a civil conflict that dragged Britain's so much winning soccer membership to its knees, in the course of the excessive courtroom and nearly into management.
Players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher inform in their anger on the damaged provides, in addition to their soreness at looking at unswerving lovers in open insurrection. supervisor, leader government, board contributors, best enthusiasts and newshounds show the turmoil at a respected carrying establishment run through males at struggle with one another, who trampled Liverpool's adored traditions into the gutter.
No tale sums up the bare greed on the middle of recent soccer rather like Hicks' and Gillett's try to flip a greenback at Liverpool. No-one has had as a lot entry to the reality, or tells it with as a lot ardour, wit and perception as Brian Reade.
AN EPIC SWINDLE is the riveting tale of ways shut one of many nice soccer golf equipment got here to monetary implosion.
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Extra resources for An Epic Swindle: 44 Months with a Pair of Cowboys
Admirers say it was these teenage years spent dee-jaying and playing gridiron that inspired his later investments in sport and media. Others refuse to see past that twenty bucks a week, as it was clear making money was where his heart lay. After high school, he studied finance at the University of Texas, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1968 and two years later he added a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Southern California. While at university he became a brother of the secret-letter Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity in which he remains to this day, living by its three guiding principles of – no sniggering at the back, please – ‘Virtue, Diligence and Brotherly Love’.
It was as though we’d all been in the trenches for so long that when the war was over everyone looked up the line assuming that the men a rank above had checked out the terms of the armistice and handed us a peaceful, prosperous future with our paternal American allies. Who proceeded to drive their tanks onto our lawn and blast us to hell. CHAPTER TWO ‘The more I looked, the more I became convinced it was an opportunity to buy a crown jewel of sports at a modest price’ – Tom Hicks ‘A bee-bah-bow-ba-ba-ba-ba-bow … how yawl doin’ out there in pop-picker-land.
In the late 1950s John Hicks bought out the KOLE radio station in the small, oil-refinery city of Port Arthur, ninety miles outside Houston. The city’s only claims to fame were that it was a hot-bed of racial segregation and Janis Joplin’s birthplace. Hicks went to Thomas Edison Junior High and then Thomas Jefferson High School where he was a modestly successful American footballer. Admirers say it was these teenage years spent dee-jaying and playing gridiron that inspired his later investments in sport and media.