|Steve Nicol 訪問|
前利記後防通天老倌, 而家o係美國MLS教緊隊波叫New England Revolution, 幾成功.
-認同new owner henry但對hodgson有保留
.................. All the way to the Gillette Stadium, home of NFL’s New England Patriots and New England Revolution ‘soccer’ team, which dominates the landscape like a huge open clamshell.
It is the adopted home of former Liverpool defender and Footballer of the Year, Steve Nicol. As head coach of the Revolution for eight years he has carved out a successful Stateside career, so much so that he has been touted as a future boss of the US team and linked with a possible return to Anfield if Roy Hodgson cannot turn his season around.
Nicol is well placed to judge the credentials of Henry and Co and he has no doubt about the owners, just qualified reservations about the manager.
‘These people understand what running an enterprise like Liverpool is about,’ he says. ‘The Red Sox are held in the same sort of esteem as my old club and they’ve kept their traditions, taken care of the name and won championships.
‘I can’t remember any otherowners coming into football with a background like that, can you?’
Having made 346 appearances in 14 years at Anfield, Nicol still ensures he sees every Liverpool game, although it is done with a grimace these days.
‘It’s becoming hard to watch them,’ he says. ‘I’m at the point where I record the match and wonder whether I should check the score beforehand just to spare myself all the anguish.
‘It’s torture. I sit here in my house going absolutely mental at the screen. I can’t imagine what it’s been like for the fans at the ground.’
So how do the American owners turn things around? ‘The hardest decision they have to make is who to give the money to? Do they give a transfer pot to Hodgson in the January transfer window, or do they wait?
‘I believe they will wait. They will strengthen the team in a couple of positions in January, but they won’t go crazy this time around, not unless some superstar drops from the sky right into their laps.
‘They’ve already forgotten about the Champions League. Next season will be the big push — and that means spending serious money. Right now, they won’t be 100 per cent convinced Hodgson is the man they want to give that money to.
'That’s not meant as a slight on Roy, it’s only natural for any new owners to want to wait and see.
‘The trickiest challenge is always picking the football side. Luckily for NESV, that’s where someone like Kenny Dalglish can also help. He’s been there and done it, whether it's managing, operating behind the scenes or scouting players. Not many clubs have someone like that sitting on their doorstep.’
Their other big decision is on the future of the stadium. ‘Liverpool should go it alone and build a new ground — a bigger and better one,’ says Nicol.
‘Here the Gillette Stadium holds 68,000. But it’s not just about the games. It’s a modern complex. Every day there are conferences, or trade fairs and all of that brings in more revenue. I’ve heard that talk about ground sharing with Everton, but there’s no point in building a new ground if you have to
halve the profits afterwards.’
So would Nicol ever come back to Merseyside if asked?
‘I’m settled on the East Coast,’ he says. ‘The children are here and my grandson is too now. But you never know what might turn up, do you?’
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