George Gillett has spoken for the first time on his strained relationship with his Liverpool co-owner, Tom Hicks.
Gillett, who is expected to sell his 50% stake in the club as soon as a suitable buyer is found, had not spoken publicly on the takeover speculation engulfing Anfield since the controversial financial repackaging of the loans he and Hicks took out to buy the club last year.
But, asked last night if he would remain co-owner he replied: “I would say, choose your partners wisely. He [Tom Hicks] is a great guy but he has just got a different perspective on the media.”
Gillett had initially wanted to buy the club on his own, but drafted in Hicks to provide financial backing when he could not complete the deal himself.
His son Foster, a board member, was withdrawn from the day-to-day operations at Anfield as Gillett prepared to sell his stake to Dubai International Capital. However, Hicks has been critical of DIC’s tactics, and withdrew his consent for the group to purchase Gillett’s stake. His decision has left the club in limbo, with Gillett keen to sell his stake but Hicks vetoing the only buyer to have expressed an interest in procuring his share.