July 23, 1976
Liverpool are ready for next season’s challenge in the European Cup – and they are prepared to plunge into the transfer market for the right man. That was the message to shareholders from manager Bob Paisley at last night’s annual meeting of the club at the Holiday Inn.
Said Mr. Paisley: “We are in good heart and we are optimistic about the European Cup. I do not see anyone who we should be afraid of and if we get the breaks at the right time I am quite convinced that we can do well.” Mr. Paisley added: “And if there is a player who I think will help us to a European Cup win we will go for him. But we will not in needlessly for anyone with a so-called reputation.”
Retrieving the season in which Liverpool won the First Division title, the UEFA Cup, and the Central League, Mr. Paisley paid tribute to the backroom men at the club, including Joe Fagan, Ronnie Moran, Tom Saunders and Ken Addison and said:
“Without the team spirit we have, Liverpool would not be the club it is. It runs from top to bottom and if I have achieved anything it is entirely due to the co-operation I have received.”
He went on: “With this success it is going to be twice as hard this season and there will be no complacency at the club. Success brings a fresh challenge and when you hit the top everyone wants to beat you, but we are prepared for that.”
A net profit of £105,132 was reported to the meeting and the retiring directors John Smith and Sidney Cecil Reakes were re-elected. Mr. Smith was later re-elected chairman for his fourth year in office and Jack Cross was re-elected vice-chairman.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: July 24, 1976; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited