After 19 months of waiting yet another statement by Ian Ayre informs supporters and media that LFC are moving towards a final decision. It’s still unknown, whether a new stadium or redeveloped Anfield is more probable. Words published by the BBC seem to suggest the latter.
It’s been 19 months since Fenway Sports Group took over at Anfield and the future of the club is still unknown. Managing director Ian Ayre reassures that progress is being made on both options. That obviously gives no answer whether redeveloping Anfield or building an entirely new ground at Stanley Park is more feasible.
There are indications, however, that may suggest a shift in plans. Almost a year ago Ayre said that Anfield redevelopment was looking
increasingly unlikely. Now he claims dialogue with local residents around the ground is better than ever, while building a new venue with just 15,000 new seats is
pretty hard to stack up.
Ayre still stresses that both options are on the agenda.
There is progress and we are still in dialogue on both fronts said Ayre.
I think it's fair to say, if we continue making progress in that area, it might move faster than we originally anticipated.
He also made clear LFC are doing their best to find a naming rights partner who’d help finance the investment.
I think it's also fair to say that we are already fairly well down the line with a couple of major brands who have shown significant interest in naming rights for a new stadium.