He's had many roles in life.

The president of the Confederation of British Industry. Chairman of British Airways. Chairman and chief executive of British American Tobacco. Head of the British Horseracing Board.

But one role probably brought Sir Martin Broughton as much prominence as the rest of them put together.

Chairman of Liverpool Football Club.

He was appointed in April 2010 - with a remit to sell the club.

RBS bank had loaned George Gillett and Tom Hicks around £300m and they wanted their money back.

Liverpool Football Club chairman Martin Broughton leaves the High Court on October 13, 2010. The court ruled that the owners of the club, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, have no power to stop the sale of Liverpool FC. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Broughton's six months as chairman at Anfield became some of the most dramatic in the club鈥檚 125 year history.

He eventually sold the club to NESV - later to become FSG - but had to fight through the courts to ratify it. A $1billion legal claim from Tom Hicks would later follow.

Seven years this week after his appointment - and finally clear of years of legal wrangling - he spoke with Neil Jones and Andy Kelly about those astonishing times at Anfield and the inner workings of a club which at the time was in the midst of a civil war.

In a 90 minute interview for Anfield Extra, Broughton reveals:

  • RBS would have been prepared to put Liverpool FC in administration rather than refinance Hicks and Gillett
  • he didn't sack Rafa Benitez - and didn't want him to go
John W. Henry (Second Right), the owner of New England Sports Ventures, delivers a statement in the offices of the law firm Slaughter and May to announce his purchase of Liverpool Football Club with club chairman Martin Broughton (R) and Managing Director Christian Purslow (L) on October 15, 2010 in London, England.
  • he kept FSG interest in buying LFC away from Hicks and Gillett until absolutely necessary
  • the Liverpool board was split on whether to sell to FSG or another bidder
  • Roy Hodgson took the Reds job knowing he could be sacked within weeks of his appointment

Find some time in your diary - this is a must listen!