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Greed is good!

By Bob Turner :  23/07/2007 :  Comments (3) :
I feel that I must add a few words in the defence of Bill Kenwright (stop laughing, you at the back!)

A lot has been said about BK?s apparent desire to furnish his pockets as he exits the company, ranging from the cynical to the downright libellous, most of which is based on opinion or supposition.

I am not going to introduce a whole new array of facts to counter these arguments, as these don?t exist. What I am going to do is argue that it?s not necessarily a bad thing if the anti-BK brigade are right (shock, horror!).

I would imagine that all of us who access this website want a successful Everton, whether you?re Tony Marsh, Richard Dodd, or somewhere in between (and, boy, is there a lot of space in between!). That?s why we care, that?s why we get passionate, that?s why we support Everton.

Now, let?s just suppose that BK?s main motivation is greed. Personally, I?m not convinced that?s the case (I imagine him to be like an American president, and therefore concerned with how history will judge him ? I can?t believe he really wants to be remembered as the man who set off Everton?s decline by moving to Kirkby, even if he makes money out of it, but I might just be naïve!), but I?m willing to accept, for the sake of argument, that he wants to increase his profits when he sells up and sails into the sunset.

How is he best placed for maximising his dosh? Surely that would be by having a strong, successful, Everton, with shiny new stadium and dedicated fan base to boot. By making the club a more attractive proposition to potential investors, he will obviously increase the amount of money he receives when he sells.

By maximising his own revenues, he surely provides us, the fans, with the improved team and stadium that we?re crying out for. No-one is going to give him the millions he wants if what they?re buying into is a poorly supported, crappy team with poxy stadium to boot. It?s surely in his own interests to do this.

By looking after his own selfish, financial interests, he leaves us, by accident or design, what we want.

I personally don?t want to move out of Liverpool, but what I want more than anything, is success on the pitch. I know moving to Kirkby is no guarantee of this, but my gut feeling is that it gives us more chance of achieving that success, based on the information available. And if it means Bill Kenwright coins it in, I honestly don?t care!

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Rupert Sullivan
1   Posted 23/07/2007 at 18:42:51

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Bob, I think most Everton fans also want to see success on the pitch - the problem lies in whether or not Kirkby can deliver anything, and whether or not what it delivers is at the expense of success on the pitch. KW said that the stadium is why they don’t have the money for players, where will EFC be in 3 years if that keeps up?
Mike
2   Posted 23/07/2007 at 21:16:29

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Wyness is Bill’s mouthpiece and his statements have been contradictory - about as reliable as a dodgy meat pie at Bolton.
With such a fundamental move, should we not at the very least be given clear, unambiguous factual evidence and not the emotive half truths of the last few days?
Whether his motives are honourable or not is a side issue. The crux of the matter is whether or not he’s right.
And I really don’t think he is.
Stuart Duncan
3   Posted 23/07/2007 at 21:37:47

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From what I’ve seen, I don’t think Wyness has been contradictory. I think that people’s interpretation of what he’s said is contradictory.

I have to agree with Bob Turner - BK’s best option is to have a sucessful team on the pitch, modern ground, strong fan base. If that means he doubles his money - great. He put his money in, we didn’t.

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