Maiden's Bruce Dickinson flies Liverpool FC to Naples

Heavy metal legend Bruce Dickinson is flying the Liverpool squad to Naples ahead of the club's Europa League clash with Italian side Napoli.

The Iron Maiden frontman, 52, who holds a commercial pilot's licence, will captain the Astraeus Airlines plane from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Dickinson, despite admitting he had no allegiance to any football team, said he hoped he would bring the Reds luck.

Liverpool are due to play Napoli at 1800 BST on Thursday.

"I was originally supposed to be going to Iceland and flying down to Las Palmas and Tenerife, but this looked a lot more interesting so I'm flying the team down to Naples."

Dickinson, who joined Iron Maiden in 1981, said he was lucky his day job left him time to perform.

"People ask me, which do you enjoy more and I honestly can't say, but what I can say is that I am never, ever going to give up singing.

"That's been my life and fortunately I'm in a job where I can get the time off to do it.

"In fact, the airline that I work for, Astraeus, we designed an aeroplane for an Iron Maiden tour and flew it round the world, we've done it twice now.

"It's never been done before, bands have had private jets before, but no band until Maiden has even come up with the idea of taking all the equipment, and the road crew and the band on one aircraft.

"It's like the biggest tour bus in the world."

The flight was due to leave Liverpool at 1100 BST.


Purslow resigns as Liverpool’s Managing Director

Less than a week after seeing through New England Sports Venture’s £300million purchase of Liverpool Football Club, Managing Director Christian Purslow has stepped down from the role.

A club statement reads: ‘”Liverpool FC confirms that following the successful sale of the club, Christian Purslow has decided to stand down from his temporary position as managing director. Christian will remain as a non-executive director and will act as a special adviser to the new owners.”

Purslow was appointed by former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett in June 2009 following the resignation of Chief Executive Rick Parry.

In September 2009, Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre secured a record £80m shirt sponsorship deal with banking giants Standard Chartered.

Purslow explained his decision today saying, “I came to LFC to lead the Club through a sale process to get the best overall deal including, vitally, the removal of the debt. I am immensely proud of what we have all achieved. I now look forward to assisting the Owners in any way I can at this exciting time as they drive the Club forward to a bright future.”

The news coincidently comes just the day after former boss Rafa Benitez launched an attack on Purslow, and his appointment by the former owners.

Benitez said, “After 86 points and finishing second in the league, what changed? The Americans, they chose a new managing director and everything changed. So, what changed? The managing director is involved in all the decisions: new lawyer, new chief of press, new manager, nine new players, new medical staff, new fitness coaches – they changed everything.”

Many supporters feel Purslow was a key part of Benitez leaving the club this summer.

Chairman Martin Broughton will also soon be leaving the club to take up a role as chair in private equity investment group targeting investment in specialist sports projects. Broughton was appointed temporary chairman in order to oversee the sale of the Club and will leave after a short transitional period.

It has also been reported that NESV have turned down commercial director Ian Ayre’s offer to resign from his role at the Club. Ayre has been widely praised for his work at the Club and NESV are keen to keep him at Anfield while they build their own team of staff.

This is Anfield

Liverpool have approached Manuel Pellegrini

Liverpool have approached Manuel Pellegrini about the prospect of replacing Roy Hodgson in the manager’s position at Anfield, report Click Liverpool.

With increasing pressure on Hodgson following a torrid start to the season on the pitch, new owners New England Sports Ventures could be looking for a fresh change.

The Reds currently sit 19th in the Premier League table with only 6 points from their opening 8 games, and were dumped out of the Carling Cup by League Two’s Northampton Town.

Pellegrini was linked with the job back in the summer when the Reds parted company with Rafa Benitez.

Pellegrini’s agent, Jesus Martinez, is reported as saying, “Pellegrini has had offers from clubs in Italy, but initially wanted to wait a bit to some better option. And Liverpool is a club that Manuel would like to manager.

“We had some contacts, but as the club is in the process of change, and no one knows who is boss, no progress on the topic.”

The Chilean was sacked as coach of Real Madrid in May this year when the La Liga giants appointed Joe Mourinho as new boss, despite achieving the club’s best ever points finish with 96 points. Barcelona won the title with 99.

Other names being touted around as possible replacements for Hodgson, should the owners wish to replace him include former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard, who left Galatasaray today after a poor start to the season. Also Kenny Dalglish and Martin O’Neil are amongst the bookies favourites.

This Is Anfield

Keeper extends loan deal

Tranmere have extended the emergency loan deal for Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi by a second month.

First choice keeper Gunnar Nielsen, on loan from Manchester City, remains unavailable with a shoulder injury.

Manager Les Parry said: "Peter is a quality goalkeeper so I'm pleased to be able to keep him at the club for another month while Gunnar is injured.

"He has done well for us since he has come back, has a great attitude and is a good professional."


New Liverpool owner John Henry & NESV to spend 'wisely'

Liverpool's new owner John Henry has warned he will not throw money at the club in a bid to solve their problems.Collapse )

Liverpool Line Up Frank Rijkaard as Replacement for Exit Bound Anfield Boss Roy Hodgson

Liverpool are reportedly preparing the ground for a move to bring in Galatasaray Manager Frank Rijkaard  to replace under fire Anfield boss Roy Hodgson. The club’s new owners are ready to give the current Liverpool boss until January to turn things around but will then look to bring in the former Barcelona boss ahead of the re-opening of the transfer window.

The 48 year old former Ajax and AC Milan playing legend has not had the best of times in Turkey and after taking his side to a disappointing third placed finish last term has seen his Istanbul outfit slump to an even worse start this time around.

The signs are that the Dutchman is ready to leave Galatasaray and would jump at a high profile job and a move to Liverpool would be a useful way to reignite a managerial career that already has some notable achievements. During his five year reign at the Nou Camp he led the Catalan giants to two La Liga titles and the 2006 Champions League title.

The attack minded manager would be a marked contrast to the more defensive pragmatic approach employed by Roy Hodgson who has presided over a truly woeful start to the Premier League campaign which leaves Liverpool second from bottom in the Premier League table.

It seems that the new owner John W.Henry is willing to take the financial hit that would come from the termination of Hodgson’s contract which is believed would set the club back £3m.

Caught Offside

Statement from New England Sports Ventures and Liverpool

New England Sports Ventures (NESV) today announces that it has completed the purchase of Liverpool Football Club. NESV wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to the board of Liverpool FC for their diligence and their efforts on behalf of the club and its supporters.Collapse )



Hodgson delight at takeover

The Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has welcomed the expected takeover by New England Sports Ventures, admitting it is a relief a  bad time  appears to be coming to the end.Collapse )

Gerrard is pleased with his own form

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is pleased with his own form.

Gerrard has been one of the few players to rise above the mediocrity so far and, as a result, was named the club's player of the month for September.

He said: "I'm pleased with my own form, but I still think I can get better and certainly the team can improve.

"It's more important for me that the team are playing well rather than myself personally, so hopefully next month someone else will receive this award and we will be talking about Liverpool being higher up in the table."

Tribal Football

Premier League rejects Mill Financial attempt to meet owners and directors

The Premier League have rejected an attempt by hedge fund Mill Financial to meet their owners' and directors' test.

In a last throw of the dice to prevent the takeover by Henry's New England Sports Ventures (NESV), current owner Tom Hicks is trying to sell his stake to Mill Financial, a USA-based hedge fund.

Mill Financial approached the Premier League on Thursday night but were rejected - the league told the fund they could only take instruction from the board of Liverpool who have already agreed to sell to NESV for £300million.

Hicks is trying to enlist Mill Financial - who already own George Gillett's 50% of the club - to pay the £280million debt to the Royal Bank of Scotland by today's deadline and thwart the takeover by NESV.

NESV said that if Hicks did try to sell out to Mill Financial they would go back to the High Court.

An NESV source told PA Sport: "If that were to happen we would take this back to the High Court as soon as possible. Mill Financial would just be pawns of Tom Hicks and we believe this is all about Tom Hicks maintaining his control over Liverpool."

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