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James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:00:15 PM »
Liverpool Echo's James Pearce one of the most trusted persons regarding LFC affairs has come out to suggest that the Transfer Committee (TC) could have made BR's work difficult at Anfield. The sale of senior players on big wages and the signings that BR made this season were not totally his choice, but the committee's. Many managers refused to work under a sporting director when they were interviewed by FSG for the job before BR came in. FSG later set up this committee that is identical, or perhaps wields more power than a sporting director, whilst giving the idea that the manager is totally in charge. Whatever decision the manager makes with regards to signings and contracts, will be voted by 5 people in the committee. Only in the case of a majority vote, BR can sign the players he wants. Otherwise he has to improvise with the players chosen by the TC. Pearce says BR NEVER wanted to sign Balotelli but was forced to settle for him. In other words, it was the TC that ultimately failed to replace Suarez despite getting big money by selling him. Pearce says BR also made it clear that he wanted Michel Vorm and that signing a GK is a priority. But he says the transfer committee refused to pay his value despite only spending over 30mil in net spending this summer. This also had a significant impact on Mignolet's form as LFC didn't try to provide competition for the Belgian. Pearce says paying top bucks for Lovren made perfect sense at that point, as he was not one for the future, but was coming in as a top centre back, based on his form with the Saints and his Premier League experience. He was bought to hit the ground running. However he's had a major dip in form which is disappointing says Pearce. Similar tone has been voiced by Mike Bernard, a former employee of FSG, who said BR failing to see eye-to-eye with some of the TC members and their signings, is getting a little unsavoury. Mike noted that BR wanted Eriksen and Bony but was overruled. This also goes back to previous failures to show the money and securing players early when they had interest to move to LFC. Plenty of dragging negotiations and low-balling saw the failure of securing targets such as Willian, Salah, Mikhtaryan, Konoplyanka and more. Diego Costa was identified by BR as a transfer target when Costa was playing as a wing-forward, long before he became a star in that out-and-out striker position and caught the whole world's attention. TC thought his release clause of 20mil back then was too much. The rest is history. While we drag our feet on targets, other clubs come into the picture, showed the money and swooped them as we watch helplessly. Even for Sanchez, Phil Thompson declared during the world cup that we had Sanchez in the bag. However too much negotiations into details and conditions in payment method allowed Arsenal to sneak in and turn his and his wife's head.

Pearce also does not believe with the popular excuse that BR got founded after Suarez left, and that it was the Uruguayan who made BR look good last season. He says BR's tactical acumen led the team prosper last season, not Suarez alone. The expectations has been raised by last season's football and LFC are struggling with the pressure now he adds. Pearce labels Borini's position as strange and wonders if it could be the club showing frustration against him, for not being able to secure 14mil from Sunderland and another 13mil from QPR. They're certainly making it clear to Borini that he shouldn't reject another deal in January. Another journo Graham Beecroft says Borini could have indicated that he rather sit on the bench and take the wages or run down his contract, than moving to a small club ie Sunderland, QPR who are also refusing to pay more wages than LFC. Could be the reason why he's strangely frozen. Could be the club's decision not the manager's.

The last time Pearce spoke to BR, the manager said Can and some of the new players are still trying to adapt to his philosophy of football and it could be the reason why BR resorts to playing those who know what is expected of them for now. But Pearce says he will speak to BR again about Can to find out more on his position. Pearce says LFC's season could depend on Sturridge coming back to be paired with Balotelli upfront, and then allow the rest of the team to click. Pearce doesn't know if FSG are willing to spend in January but it's a question of can they afford not to. As champions league new TV deal brings in over 40mil next season compared to 25mil before, he opines that LFC must spend. Especially on a top quality striker, taking into account Studge's fitness.

The audio of the interview is here

https://soundcloud.com/anfieldhq/james-pearce-corrected

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2014, 04:04:14 PM »
Good grief. What a bad idea having a transfer committee is if true. It almost as bad as having a DOF that signs players the manager doesn't want.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2014, 04:08:25 PM »
Konoplyanka, Salah, Costa, Dempsey, Ince, Mkhitiryan, Sigurdsson, Sanchez, Eriksen, Bony, Vorm.

Fucking hell. Regardless what you think of those players individually - there's a lot of them. Probably more we don't know about. All gettable. All failed to secure because of mingebagging over some millions.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2014, 04:09:49 PM »
I read the title and thought Pearce was on the actual committee
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2014, 04:10:10 PM »
Borini: Sorry what? Now the TC are picking the team as well?

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2014, 04:11:58 PM »
Before some knuckleheads roll out a "Rodgers Out" sign someone needs to do "Transfer Committee Out"
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2014, 04:13:11 PM »
Konoplyanka, Salah, Costa, Dempsey, Ince, Mkhitiryan, Sigurdsson, Sanchez, Eriksen, Bony, Vorm.

Fucking hell. Regardless what you think of those players individually - there's a lot of them. Probably more we don't know about. All gettable. All failed to secure because of mingebagging over some millions.

Even if we just use the info Pearce himself has said about those players above, most of them were not signed for reasons other than money. Certainly the better ones.

What really gets me is we met Costa's buyout clause, Pearce himself reported this, so had nothing to do with the TC. Pearce also reported we bid more for Micky (and offered higher wages) and he just decided to go to Dortmund as were in the CL then. Pearce also reported the Kono deal was done and was scuppered by their owner.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2014, 04:13:23 PM »
Expect a leak in the next few days about Rodgers not wanting Sturridge and wanting Williams etc 
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2014, 04:13:34 PM »
So Rodgers heads the comittee but needs a majority vote, and, this is the important part, doesn't even seem to have a veto.
Why the fuck agree to that, but not a sporting director? It's a far worse position other than in the apperance of having control vs the fans knowing ultimately poor signings blame can be laid elsewhere.
And how much did Vorm cost? Wasn't it 5 million? Why would we not match that for a backup keeper who could potentially be a number 1, but would pay 4 million for Lambert who was intended to be a bit part player and late sub?
If true, and we are relying not only on the word of a journo, but a written version of what he said - I don't have acces to sound right now - then surely right now everyone at the club from owners to Rodgers should accept the committee is broken and put in a new plan. Get a sporting director, but allow Rodgers to be part of the interview process and have a veto if he strongly disagrees with FSGs choice.
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2014, 04:14:04 PM »
fuck me.

If this is the way we are doing transfers and this is true its a fucking disgrace. The fact that half a season is gone and we are out of the Champions League and will arrive the January window and have to buy a new goal keeper, a new striker, possibly another defender and midfielder and all for vastly inflated fees means that FSG need to sit down and go through this mess with everyone.

Who the fuck is on the Transfer Committee?

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2014, 04:14:12 PM »
and Tony Barrett 3 weeks ago

"Before Liverpool shell out another penny, their entire transfer strategy and its implementation by committee needs to be assessed because the risks of allowing the current situation are far too great"

http://www.reddit.com/r/LiverpoolFC/comments/2mz953/why_liverpool_must_avoid_the_lure_of_january/

For more than twenty years, the scenario has been the same. As soon as Liverpool encounter problems, they look to the transfer market for a solution only to end up creating new ones. If the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, an army of psychiatrists should head to Anfield in January for football’s bi-annual outbreak of lunacy.
Having spent £120 million on players in the summer but turned the second best team in the country into the kind of uninspiring mid-table fodder that they were sweeping aside with contemptuous ease last season, Liverpool have conspired to put themselves in a position in which new signings are seen as the panacea to all their ills. Demands for further spending are inevitable given what is at stake but they also fly in the face of prevailing logic. The last thing Liverpool should do in six weeks time is get involved in the January sales.
At some point, someone at the club has to call a halt to one of the most ill-advised sprees since pools winner Viv Nicholson famously vowed to “Spend, spend, spend” and order an audit of all of the signings that Liverpool have made since Brendan Rodgers. The review should begin with an appraisal of every recruit and their impact on the team but it should not stop there. Before Liverpool shell out another penny, their entire transfer strategy and its implementation by committee needs to be assessed because the risks of allowing the current situation are far too great.
The best that can be said of the nine signings that Liverpool made last summer is that it is still to early to judge them,, even if the early signs are not positive. Equally, it is damning that only Alberto Moreno could be regarded as a qualified success. The argument that the others will improve in time is all well and good but Liverpool cannot claim that they were not expecting an encouraging impact from at least some of them. Nor can they hide behind transition given that other clubs, Southampton being the most obvious example, are flourishing despite profound change.
By common consensus, out of the 23 signings that Liverpool have made over the last two and a half years, only two – Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho – have been a resounding success. Given Sturridge is now a long- term absentee as a result of the injuries that have blighted him throughout his career and Coutinho is, like most at Liverpool, becoming an increasingly fitful and less effective presence without Luis Suárez, even their success stories are not without drawbacks. It is an appalling record.
Clearly, something is not working. Depending on personal choice, responsibility for Liverpool’s failings in the transfer market lies at the feet of either Rodgers, the club’s scouts or the committee. But if there are any fingers to be pointed, they should first be aimed in the direction of the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG) who not only determined Liverpool’s transfer strategy, they also put in place the young, up-and-coming manager, committee and scouting system that they wanted. If FSG are given credit for signing the cheques, as they should be, then they should also be questioned if the structure they implemented fails to provide value for money.
The complex, almost clandestine, nature of how Liverpool go about their transfer business makes it almost impossible to assign each signing to either the manager or the committee, even if the setup that isn’t as great a departure from the traditional model as some would have us believe.
The reality is that, as Rodgers himself freely admits, with the possible exception of Oussama Assiadi, not a single player has been signed against his wishes. He might have had to have his arm twisted on a few, Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Mamadou Sakho being the most obvious examples, but, one way or another, they have all arrived with his blessing.
Many questions remain unanswered . What exactly does Rodgers have the final say on? How much choice does Liverpool’s strict wages policy afford him and his scouting team who are competing for talent with some of the highest payers in world football? If, as Rodgers has claimed, the “calculated gamble” on Balotelli was forced by a lack of options, what does that say about Liverpool’s strategy? Why, when Suárez signed a contract that guaranteed his departure if a club met his release clause, did their list of attacking options have a Plan A in Alexis Sanchez with the only Plan B being Loïc Remy, a player with historic and well documented medical issues, and little else? You could go on and on.
All of these issues would not be such a mounting concern if so many of the first-choice signings that Liverpool have made have not been so counterintuitive. After Rodgers said whereas other teams play with ten men and a goalkeeper his philosophy was “to play with eleven,” Liverpool went and signed Simon Mignolet who has shown no signs of being a sweeper keeper since his arrival. After he said last summer that he “would rather have one or two world class players than seven or eight who might not be able to help us,” Liverpool did the opposite. After paying £17 million for Sakho – described by Ian Ayre at the time as a “marquee signing” – Liverpool spent £20 million on another left sided centre back, Dejan Lovren, just 12 months later. Neither the departure of Suárez nor longstanding concerns about Sturridge’s durability prompted moves for players of their ilk, instead two of the most mobile forwards around have been replaced by two of the most immobile with Balotelli and Rickie Lambert being asked to fill a considerable void.
None of this adds up. In the fullness of time, we might come back to look at Liverpool’s current transfer strategy as an object lesson in proving people wrong, as a case study in spotting, nurturing and fulfilling talent for the long term betterment of a team which critics had claimed was destined to fail. Alternatively, the status quo could continue and the failings which by now appear all too obvious will continue to undermine their chances of success.
While the latter remains a genuine concern, Liverpool should examine what is going wrong and endeavour to put it right before even considering throwing good money after bad.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2014, 04:14:28 PM »
Seems this is the rafa situation all over again,  lots of people didnt know rafas struggle with the 2 former yank twats and wanted him sacked,  as it became clear people realised rafa had lots of mitigation..
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2014, 04:14:38 PM »
Fucking knew it, the reason we miss out on all these deals is because FSG and the committee trying to lowball the fuck out of teams, it matches up with what somebody on here said about the Salah deal and how long Liverpool were pissing about for.


Sure we have to take it with a pinch of salt as this is probably Rodgers briefing him to cover his own back, but if any of it is true these men should be out of a job.
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2014, 04:15:27 PM »
Rodgers has made mistakes, but working under those conditions surely can't help things.

I hate all this director of football/committee bollocks.  Let the manager sign who he wants, within budget, and then be accountable for those signings.  There's very little responsibility with our current system and Rodgers could end up getting the chop through decisions that weren't purely his.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2014, 04:15:42 PM »
But the signings we know Rodgers chose himself are some of his worst.  It's all very well complaining we missed out in Costa, William et Al, but God only knows how many Lovrens, Allens, Borinis their influence have stopped us wasting money on.

If the transfer committee is to take the blame for this cluster fuck of a season then so be it,but I'm not convinced they're entirely the problem.

The most significant thing I take from this is people within the club are now obviously leaking and briefing against each other.  Where will that end I wonder.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2014, 04:16:25 PM »
Interesting stuff if true and could explain some of the strange things that seem to be going on atm. Fucking hell, why do we always have to have this in-fighting going on, Rafa had to deal with a load of shit and now this. :butt
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2014, 04:18:19 PM »
Since when did a goalkeeper need competition for the position to make him do his job properly.
Besides, Mignolet had competition but we shipped Pepe out

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2014, 04:18:39 PM »
Borini: Sorry what? Now the TC are picking the team as well?

Nah, Rodgers is picking the team. But I've said all along Borini is trying to be forced out. Maybe Sundeland have put an offer back on the table and we want him to go and the TC has told Rodgers if he gets injured or if he refuses to go there will be no attackers coming in. So it is still Rodgers choice, in that he could be playing Borini, but in so doing he ends his chance of getting a better Sturridge backup.
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2014, 04:19:16 PM »
Pearce's take is rather sympathetic to Rodgers. Castles' is less so...http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2296954-inside-line-liverpools-transfer-committee-has-been-a-spectacular-failure.

I'm not advocating for one over the other, but it should probably be noted.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2014, 04:21:24 PM »
Konoplyanka, Salah, Costa, Dempsey, Ince, Mkhitiryan, Sigurdsson, Sanchez, Eriksen, Bony, Vorm.

Fucking hell. Regardless what you think of those players individually - there's a lot of them. Probably more we don't know about. All gettable. All failed to secure because of mingebagging over some millions.

Well, if true, this changes the entire dialogue about Rodgers's ability to identify the talent he wants....   

Jesus H Christ on a Popsicle stick - I would like to see (for fucking once) the people with the most power to affect change own their shit.

If these bell-ends on TC think they can paste Rodgers with their leftovers post-Suarez, and supporters won't revolt (about Liverpool's presence in London, transfer market decisions, and ticket prices), then they have another thing coming....

Thanks to Pearce-y for this piece of information.  This downturn came about too fast and without sufficient information for it all to be about Brendan Rodgers...   Not saying our ownership here is like H & G, but I am saying I would like to hear more from them on their mistakes with TC (as we know buying Carroll for 35m, Balo 16m, and selling Suarez without a back-up plan have been galatic cock-ups).
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2014, 04:22:24 PM »
is pearce being used to undermine the transfer committee
seems to be a lot of leaks lately
team being common knowledge before being announced
the gerard situation with the new contract
the sterling situation
the gerard lovren row?

Liverpool doesn't look a happy contented ship

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« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2014, 04:23:10 PM »
Pearce's take is rather sympathetic to Rodgers. Castles' is less so...http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2296954-inside-line-liverpools-transfer-committee-has-been-a-spectacular-failure.

I'm not advocating for one over the other, but it should probably be noted.

This is Duncan Castles? ...ubershithouse?.....

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« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2014, 04:23:39 PM »
One thing that's certain for me is we can expect more of these type of leaks from all sides to the press unless results pick up dramatically.

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« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2014, 04:24:11 PM »
Even if we just use the info Pearce himself has said about those players above, most of them were not signed for reasons other than money. Certainly the better ones.

What really gets me is we met Costa's buyout clause, Pearce himself reported this, so had nothing to do with the TC. Pearce also reported we bid more for Micky (and offered higher wages) and he just decided to go to Dortmund as were in the CL then. Pearce also reported the Kono deal was done and was scuppered by their owner.

Dempsey - money.
Sig - money.
Eriksen - money or the committee didn't want him, combo of both most likely.
Konoplyanka - took so long faffing about with the fee by the time we met the clause the owner said fuck off.
Ince - money.
Salah - money.
Bony - money.
Vorm - who knows but the committee failed to secure a keeper.
Mkhi - Dortmund
Costa - refuse to believe we couldn't have done more
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2014, 04:24:59 PM »
It's all about ambiguity, and nobody being 'at fault'.

Whatever happened to just telling the manager "You have 40 million in fees, and £400k a week in wages to play with. Tell us who you want and we'll do what we can"

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« Reply #25 on: December 15, 2014, 04:25:02 PM »
Pearce's take is rather sympathetic to Rodgers. Castles' is less so...http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2296954-inside-line-liverpools-transfer-committee-has-been-a-spectacular-failure.

I'm not advocating for one over the other, but it should probably be noted.


One claiming Rodgers was ready to bring in Salah, Costa, Willian, Sanchez. The other claiming Rodgers has a limited knowledge of non-PL footballers and veto'd Nastasic.



Right now it feels like there's a war going on behind the scenes, i'm willing to bet between Brendan and a couple others on the committee. And as usual, the club and fans suffer as a result.
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #26 on: December 15, 2014, 04:25:18 PM »
A camel is a horse designed by committee.

2014/15 Liverpool are a football side designed by committee.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #27 on: December 15, 2014, 04:25:54 PM »
is pearce being used to undermine the transfer committee
seems to be a lot of leaks lately
team being common knowledge before being announced
the gerard situation with the new contract
the sterling situation
the gerard lovren row?

Liverpool doesn't look a happy contented ship

And we all know how the scenario plays out.
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #28 on: December 15, 2014, 04:26:30 PM »
This is Duncan Castles? ...ubershithouse?.....

Yeah, that fucker who I saw referred to on Twitter when someone linked to his Bullshit as Duncan Castles of The Times. He has had one freelance article sold to them since 2010.
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #29 on: December 15, 2014, 04:27:00 PM »
All this is basically what fans including myself have been saying, that Rodgers decisions seem dodgy, but he barely plays ANY of the players he buys, and most either don't play or get sold / out on loan.

What a fuck up of a club we have.

How people can be surprised by this anyway is beyond me, it's been pretty fucking obvious that we sign players that the manager doesn't want / rate.
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #30 on: December 15, 2014, 04:27:01 PM »
Thought as bloody much.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #31 on: December 15, 2014, 04:27:39 PM »
There is a lot of conjecture flying around currently. I fear this may fall on deaf ears but it's very important to take everything, including this, with a pinch of salt. Journalists have allegiances.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #32 on: December 15, 2014, 04:28:15 PM »
Dempsey - money.
Sig - money.
Eriksen - money or the committee didn't want him, combo of both most likely.
Konoplyanka - took so long faffing about with the fee by the time we met the clause the owner said fuck off.
Ince - money.
Salah - money.
Bony - money.
Vorm - who knows but the committee failed to secure a keeper.
Mkhi - Dortmund
Costa - refuse to believe we couldn't have done more
Sanchez - as above

Sig chose Spurs over us. You're having a guess with regards to Eriksen.

Ince and Bony to do with money? News to me.

Kono I'll sort of give you but at the end of the day we paid the price they were happy with and the deal would of gone through if their owner wasn't a bit of a dick.

Salah was definitely money, be it the fee or the agents fee which was rumoured to be pretty large.


Edit - this is all from info supplied by Pearce himself too.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #33 on: December 15, 2014, 04:28:15 PM »
God only knows how many Lovrens, Allens, Borinis their influence have stopped us wasting money on.

How do you know they are not the backups, i.e. like Rafa and Pennant e.t.c

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #34 on: December 15, 2014, 04:28:45 PM »
This is Duncan Castles? ...ubershithouse?.....

For sure. But it doesn't mean all his information is incorrect, even if he communicates it from a shithouse perspective.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #35 on: December 15, 2014, 04:29:48 PM »
All this is basically what fans including myself have been saying, that Rodgers decisions seem dodgy, but he barely plays ANY of the players he buys, and most either don't play or get sold / out on loan.

What a fuck up of a club we have.

Anyone think that the fact that he doesn't play the players "he buys" is sort of Rafaesque...like the tracksuit "I'm a coach apparently not a manager" at Newcastle that day..?

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #36 on: December 15, 2014, 04:30:07 PM »
Sit down, shock is better taken with bent knees.

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #37 on: December 15, 2014, 04:31:26 PM »
If there is competition for a player we don't get the player.

This is another problem do we have the people to get the deals done? 
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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #38 on: December 15, 2014, 04:32:27 PM »
Liverpool Echo's James Pearce one of the most trusted persons regarding LFC affairs has come out to suggest that the Transfer Committee (TC) could have made BR's work difficult at Anfield. The sale of senior players on big wages and the signings that BR made this season were not totally his choice, but the committee's. Many managers refused to work under a sporting director when they were interviewed by FSG for the job before BR came in. FSG later set up this committee that is identical, or perhaps wields more power than a sporting director, whilst giving the idea that the manager is totally in charge. Whatever decision the manager makes with regards to signings and contracts, will be voted by 5 people in the committee. Only in the case of a majority vote, BR can sign the players he wants. Otherwise he has to improvise with the players chosen by the TC. Pearce says BR NEVER wanted to sign Balotelli but was forced to settle for him. In other words, it was the TC that ultimately failed to replace Suarez despite getting big money by selling him. Pearce says BR also made it clear that he wanted Michel Vorm and that signing a GK is a priority. But he says the transfer committee refused to pay his value despite only spending over 30mil in net spending this summer. This also had a significant impact on Mignolet's form as LFC didn't try to provide competition for the Belgian. Pearce says paying top bucks for Lovren made perfect sense at that point, as he was not one for the future, but was coming in as a top centre back, based on his form with the Saints and his Premier League experience. He was bought to hit the ground running. However he's had a major dip in form which is disappointing says Pearce. Similar tone has been voiced by Mike Bernard, a former employee of FSG, who said BR failing to see eye-to-eye with some of the TC members and their signings, is getting a little unsavoury. Mike noted that BR wanted Eriksen and Bony but was overruled. This also goes back to previous failures to show the money and securing players early when they had interest to move to LFC. Plenty of dragging negotiations and low-balling saw the failure of securing targets such as Willian, Salah, Mikhtaryan, Konoplyanka and more. Diego Costa was identified by BR as a transfer target when Costa was playing as a wing-forward, long before he became a star in that out-and-out striker position and caught the whole world's attention. TC thought his release clause of 20mil back then was too much. The rest is history. While we drag our feet on targets, other clubs come into the picture, showed the money and swooped them as we watch helplessly. Even for Sanchez, Phil Thompson declared during the world cup that we had Sanchez in the bag. However too much negotiations into details and conditions in payment method allowed Arsenal to sneak in and turn his and his wife's head.

Pearce also does not believe with the popular excuse that BR got founded after Suarez left, and that it was the Uruguayan who made BR look good last season. He says BR's tactical acumen led the team prosper last season, not Suarez alone. The expectations has been raised by last season's football and LFC are struggling with the pressure now he adds. Pearce labels Borini's position as strange and wonders if it could be the club showing frustration against him, for not being able to secure 14mil from Sunderland and another 13mil from QPR. They're certainly making it clear to Borini that he shouldn't reject another deal in January. Another journo Graham Beecroft says Borini could have indicated that he rather sit on the bench and take the wages or run down his contract, than moving to a small club ie Sunderland, QPR who are also refusing to pay more wages than LFC. Could be the reason why he's strangely frozen. Could be the club's decision not the manager's.

The last time Pearce spoke to BR, the manager said Can and some of the new players are still trying to adapt to his philosophy of football and it could be the reason why BR resorts to playing those who know what is expected of them for now. But Pearce says he will speak to BR again about Can to find out more on his position. Pearce says LFC's season could depend on Sturridge coming back to be paired with Balotelli upfront, and then allow the rest of the team to click. Pearce doesn't know if FSG are willing to spend in January but it's a question of can they afford not to. As champions league new TV deal brings in over 40mil next season compared to 25mil before, he opines that LFC must spend. Especially on a top quality striker, taking into account Studge's fitness.

The audio of the interview is here

https://soundcloud.com/anfieldhq/james-pearce-corrected

Nothing story and probably launched by the usual suspects just that this time the manager himself seems to be involved to deflact from his managing mistakes and some players not being good enough anymore despite having their position regardless.

I am glad that this comitee overruled Rodgers if Lallana, Lambert and Lovren were to be his signings with a combined 40m+.

Balotelli was a good signing, it just doesn't suit to some players style and for that their position is in question.

People may flame me but well in FSG, cannot believe that people are so naive to believe every story launched.

The squad is good, very good, excuses are lined up for protecting the wrong people, this time though they are messing with the wrong people.
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One thing does need to be said: in the post-Benitez era, there was media-led clamour (but also some politicking going on at the club) to make the club more English; the idea being that the club had lost the very essence of what it means to be ‘Liverpool’. Guillem Ballague 18/11/10

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Re: James Pearce(Echo) on the transfer committee
« Reply #39 on: December 15, 2014, 04:32:49 PM »