The announcement of Martin Broughton as our new chairman was quite surprising but the most discussed thing was that he’s a Chelsea fan. A Chelsea fan in a red chair? Is that a good idea at all? Will he be able to make the right decision for Liverpool? Will he be professional enough by taking this decisions? There were lots of common questions. Not only in my head, by the way.
In his first interview with LFC TV he appeared to me as a very dignified man who knows what he’s up to by taking over the red chair at Anfield. His calm voice nearly convinced me that he is the man we’ve needed. Nearly …
It was nice to see him in the stands during the Europe League clash against Atletico Madrid. Was it a sign of interest or was it just duty? I hope the it was the first …
I think he really has a lot respect for the club, the history and the fans. It is quite observable, isn’t it? The fact that he wasn’t in the stadium on Sunday to watch Liverpool’s encounter with Chelsea proves respect.
I mean, our beloved American owners did know they are not welcome in Liverpool but they kept coming to the matches. In situations like these you just think: why are they doing this? What are they trying to show us? Their presence was not a sing of respect or something comparable to this. Their presence was more comparable to a slap in the face. That’s what it felt like to me.
Martin Broughton wasn’t in the stadium on Sunday afternoon – he chose to watch the match at home instead. To show the fans respect and, well yes, to be true to his own principles as a life-long Chelsea fan.
“I can’t come to the match on Sunday and show any of that emotion because that would be very disrespectful to the Liverpool faithful. Liverpool have terrific fans and I wouldn’t want to do that, so the only sensible thing is for me to stay at home and watch it on the television.”
I think it was a very kind gesture. I was quite impressed by that, to be honest. And thankful.
If he sat there in the stadium, it would have been … just not true. I mean, everyone of us knows that he was glad about his team’s victory – a fan is a fan. At least he was honest with us and that’s a big plus for him. As long as we don’t have to watch him celebrating for Chelsea, it doesn’t bother that much, does it?
As I mentioned, I’m not totally convinced, but what about you guys? Do you think he’s a worthy representative of our club? Is he the right man for the red chair?