The Liverpool FC board of directors is an integral part of the running of the club. They make key decisions and invest the necessary money (most of the time) to help the club progress in all areas.
The current Liverpool FC board of directors consists of John Henry (principal owner), Tom Werner (chairman), Mike Gordon, Peter Moore (Chief Executive), Kenny Dalglish (non-executive director), Michael Egan (director) and Andy Hughes (chief operating officer).
John W. Henry is the principal owner of Liverpool FC and their majority shareholders, Fenway Sports Group. He and his company are also the majority shareholders of the famous baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. He is rarely in contact with Liverpool supporters communities but remains the senior figure behind closed doors.
Alongside John Henry, Tom Werner is a co-investor in the Red Sox and Liverpool. As chairman, Werner is widely deemed to have been responsible for the controversial decision to sack Kenny Dalglish after winning Liverpool’s first trophy for 6 years. Following his investment in the Boston Red Sox, in 2001, he served as chairman of the club. Werner placed particular importance on the club’s television operations. After he left the club, a former employee stated that Werner wanted the team to play in an ‘exciting fashion’ and that he placed less importance on winning. Werner plays a big part in Liverpool’s commercial partnerships.
Making up the FSG trio is Mike Gordon. He is FSG’s second-largest shareholder and is part of the day to day running of the club beside CEO, Peter Moore. At the beginning of his term at Liverpool, he usually kept out of the limelight and that was the way he liked it. However, he is increasingly appearing in public and is the man who is John Henry’s first port of call.
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The people’s representative, in the eyes of many, is Kenny Dalglish. Probably Liverpool’s greatest ever manager now sits on the board of directors and has a say in the clubs inner ongoings. King Kenny has earnt his place on the board through his sincerity, calmness and love for the club. His presence in the months after Hillsborough proved his leadership and his empathy for the supporters; something that will never be forgotten. His straight talking, calmness and footballing know-how make him the perfect voice for the fans and playing staff.
Another man who has a good relationship with the public is the chief executive, Peter Moore. Since replacing Ian Ayre as CEO of Liverpool FC in the Summer of 2017, he has been an influential figure in his job and appears to be doing his utmost for his beloved LFC. Born a Liverpudlian, he moved to the US to make his millions. On the back of gaining a bachelor’s degree from Keele, he flew across the pond to work on a master’s degree at California State University. His success at global businesses, such as Reebok, Sega, Microsoft and Electronic Arts has led him to his dream job at Liverpool. Whatever the situation at board level, you can be assured that Dalglish and Moore will always have the club at the forefront of their priorities.
The rest of the board of directors consists of Michael Egan and Andy Hughes. Egan and Hughes are relatively unknown despite the latter being the Chief Operating Officer. He was promoted to this position as a result of a club reshuffle in 2015. His original title was Chief Financial Officer. Preceding his work on Merseyside, he held an important role at the Hilton hotel chain. Starting from an early age, Hughes has had to graft to get to his position. He graduated from Loughborough, as a bachelor of science, in 1989.
Many supporters feel that the Liverpool FC board of directors are doing a good job. They have initiated the renovation of the Main Stand and there are currently plans to improve the Anfield Road end of Anfield. They appointed a brilliantly suited manager to Liverpool, in Jurgen Klopp, proving that they understand the values of the club. Additionally, the number of community projects continues to rise, as well as the global brand of Liverpool FC.
All that remains to be seen is if the relevant Liverpool FC board of directors can put their money where their mouth is and take the next step to regular on the pitch success. Some feel pessimistic about the chances of this because the net spend on players is well below that of the rest of the top 6. However, gains in revenue leave no excuses for FSG anymore. Hopefully, Henry, Werner and Gordon will continue to take the club in the right direction.