Liverpool's Rick Parry rejects groundshare with Everton talk

By Tony Barrett on Sep 30, 08 11:26 AM in Journalists

RICK PARRY today rejected claims from council leader Warren Bradley that Liverpool's attitude towards a shared stadium is "softening".

In an interview with a Sunday newspaper at the weekend, Cllr Bradley spoke of his hope that the two clubs will eventually come together and build "a Wembley of the North".

Citing the failure of both Liverpool and Everton to realise their ambitions to build much longed-for new stadiums of their own and the ongoing effects of the credit crunch, Cllr Bradley insisted the time has come to stop "dancing around the elephant in the room" and consider sharing.

But Reds chief executive Parry insists there has been no softening of Liverpool's official stance and remains adamant that only if the fans want it would a shared stadium even be considered.

He said: "There has been no change in attitude in any way, shape or form because there has been no change in our supporters' attitude.

"This is the nub of the argument - that this is not what the fans want."

Cllr Bradley argued: "Everton and Liverpool are both playing in stadia a hundred years on. It is time to move forward.

"The best thing is for each club to have their own ground and remain in the city. But if that isn't feasible because of the credit crunch, something must happen.

"We all dance around the elephant in the room and if neither club has a new stadia in 15 years time, people will ask why.

"You could have a Liverpool village where Anfield is now, an Everton village where Goodison is and a stadium that is the Wembley of the north.

"We have the Olympics in London in 2012 and a World Cup bid for 2018. It is common sense that Liverpool as a city could be at the heart of it."

Liverpool's owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett have both gone on the record about their opposition to sharing a stadium and it would take a U-turn of monumental proportions for the American duo even to consider it.

Their focus at present is more likely to be on the ongoing crisis in the US and global banking system which shows no sign of letting up.

Yesterday, the banking operation American investment corporation Wachovia - which allowed Hicks and Gillett to borrow the cash down payment they needed to secure a refinancing package with the Royal Bank of Scotland last February - was bought out by Citigroup.

Wachovia had been on the brink of collapse but their liabilities and assets will now pass into the hands of Citigroup, which paid $2.2bn dollars to complete the deal.

RBS itself suffered stock market losses yesterday with shares down 12.7%.

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