There is a tendency by Liverpool supporters to group John Henry and his Fenway Sports Group with not only their own rather ridiculous former owners, Tom Hicks and George Gilette, but also the Glazers of Manchester United and Aston Villa's Randy Lerner, and frankly every other absentee owner in the Premier League. It's a facile argument, John Henry and his group are located in Boston and they rarely fly into Liverpool, but I think in the long-run they'll be singing their praises on the Kop and here's why.
They have a very particular way of doing business. It is a business model that has been successful for many years, and while people criticize their lack of experience in football, and their lack of passion for the sport or the perceived idea that they are only in it for the money, people are being short-sided. They hire good people, especially in upper management who are keen observers and they place a great importance in statistical data, using empirical evidence in lieu of word of mouth or instinct to sign players and they hire hungry, young coaches who are good motivators, player's managers to run the every-day play of the squad.
They inherited Roy Hodgson from the previous owners, were forced into hiring Kenny Dalglish as the club were struggling and now by all reports the Liverpool faithful are starting a groundswell of opinion to get Rafa Benitez re-hired at Anfield. None of them fit the bill, and none of them will likely work with the top-down management model that FSG are comfortable with.
A lot of the blame this year fell on former Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli, who negotiated the transfers and contracts for Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Cristiano Doni, José Enrique, Sebastián Coates and Craig Bellamy. None of them had any real impact and the club's struggles were blamed on the interloper, the guy who came in and put brakes on the Dalgilsh train, but the reality couldn't be further from the truth. The emphasis was on signing young and primarily British players to provide the spine of a club floundering after years separated from the Shankly/Paisley boot-room. These were clearly
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