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Divisive former Liverpool figure reportedly in Derby County takeover talks

It was one of the darkest periods in Liverpool’s modern history: the Hicks-Gillett ownership. The saga was lamented by award-winning Scouse journalist Brian Reade in his book An Epic Swindle: 44 Months with a Pair of Cowboys – well worth a read.

The American ran Liverpool into the ground and left the historic club on the brink of administration. Anfield was rescued from oblivion when John Henry rode into the picture like a knight on his trusty steed, purchasing the club in October 2010.

A Derby County takeover by the Gillett family would be a disaster. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

George Gillett appointed his son Foster Gillett as a director at Anfield. Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that Foster Gillett is currently in talks to buy Derby County from current owner Mel Morris.

Derby owner Morris has been looking for investment into the club after they have failed to gain promotion during his stewardship. Brian Clough’s former side are reportedly making £3m a month losses and are on the verge of breaking Football League sustainability rules.

The sad fact of it is that they need investment from somewhere. Mel Morris may be an incredibly wealthy man in his own right but there are only so many times you can bet the house on reaching the land of milk and honey that is the Premier League.

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However, with the Rams allegedly registering catastrophic monthly losses, would anybody trust Gillett to turn it around? The man’s father left Anfield in the blaze of a lawsuit and ill faith. His family devastated one of the world’s biggest clubs. What on earth would they do to a Championship side?

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