Anfield renaming: Liverpool owner John W Henry may be in Dubai to discuss naming rights…
American billionaire John W Henry looks set for discussions over the naming rights to Anfield. The Liverpool owner travelled with former CEO Rick Parry to Dubai as he continued searching for stadium redevelopment sponsorship.
Reports in the Guardian claim that the meetings could open up sponsorship or naming rights deals between the Anfield club and businesses in the Middle East.
Former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry left the club during the near-ruinous reign of George Gillett and Tom Hicks, but was with Henry as he watched Al Wasl’s game with Ajman on Wednesday.
Liverpool are not believed to be the only topic on Henry’s agenda in Dubai but, with planning permission recently granted for a new £75m Main Stand at Anfield, and Fenway Sports Group increasing the club’s commercial revenue since taking over, his visit in the company of Parry raises the prospect of a new sponsorship arrangement.
Meanwhile, the source adds that Liverpool have released three of the Reds’ scouts as part of an overhaul of their scouting network. Alan Harper, Mel Johnson and Mike McGlynn have all parted company with the club.