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Cloak & Dagger

By Lee Kidd :  07/08/2007 :  Comments (3) :
Here we are, on the eve of the Premier League season and a historic vote which will determine the future of our great football club - and by all reports Everton are trying to seal two exciting summer transfers to the combined cost of £16M (approx.) after an entire summer of appearing to scrimp and save every penny and snuffle out every bargain.

Of course, we've been here before. The phantom Alan Shearer bid that never was is only one example of Everton under successive chairmen attempting to appear ambitious with awe-inspiring transfers and fan-rousing behaviour.

With the current £10-12M "bid" for Luis "Lucho" Gonzalez, it is tempting to simply dismiss it as "same old" from a boardroom that seeming thrives on servicing its fans and pulling out at the last minute!

The difference here, however, encompasses many various factors that have not been evident in our "mega-bids" in years gone by. For the sake of ease, i'll list them:

A) The increased Sky/Setanta TV revenue.

No matter how Moyes and Bill try to swing it, every single club in the Premiership has been given what is in effect a whopping pay rise this year. The club must have some sort of transfer kitty available which is greater than the net loss of £1-2m that appears to be on the cards at present.

B) The sale/release of Beattie and Wright.

Both truly awful players, but they were - nevertheless - two of the highest paid players at the club. The wage bill has been eased for sure.

C) The worrying lack of squad depth.

This almost ensures Everton need to add new faces before the end of the transfer window at the very latest.

... And perhaps the most important factor.

D) The upcoming stadium vote.

I'm all for a move to Kirkby, so this might sound surprising - but it isn't hard to imagine a big money signing being made, a press conference unveiled with the new superstar stating that he's "happy to join a club with ambition that's looking at building a new stadium, investing in the squad year upon year" etc. etc.

In fact, considering how close the stadium vote is expected to be, it'd be almost foolhardy of Wyness and Kenwright not to at least consider this option. The refusal to take up the first option on Manuel Fernandes for the same sort of price range indicates that - although the money is there - Manny simply isn't a big enough name to throw at the Everton fans at such a big time for the board. Let's face it, a player who's been here on loan for half a year already isn't going to excite no matter what the transfer fee is compared to a mysterious world superstar appearing from nowhere.

With Wyness's job in particular hanging on a thread pending the result of this vote, and in all probability the security of Kenwright's position as chairman, the one sure-fire way to secure a favourable vote is to "bribe" the fans this way.

Therefore, despite how immeasurably unlikely a deal for Gonzalez is, it isn't easy to dismiss! Expect Leighton Baines to state something in his press conference about our plans for the future and - mark my words - perhaps he'll mention the fact that he is actually from Kirkby himself, along with Alan Stubbs!

The politics of spin are sure to get under way in the next few days or weeks and the question all Evertonian's must ask themselves is this.

In the boardroom's mind, is an outrageous multi-million pound one-off transfer fee worth doing simply to save your job?

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John Charles
1   Posted 07/08/2007 at 20:49:31

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re Wyness and his job. People here have agenda’s against them that is obvious to every fair minded person but,

do you agree with the following statement?

Regardless if you think Kirkby is right or wrong, Keith Wyness should be commended for giving Everton the option of moving to a brand new stadium, 4 miles from Goodison whilst taking on only between an estimated 15-20m in new debt, as opposed to the 100-150m it would cost any club to build a 50,000 stadium.

Like the guy or not - he’s done a great job finding us this deal.

Anyone who disagree’s with that?!
2   Posted 07/08/2007 at 20:54:25

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John Charles

Your joking right ?
you cant really believe Wyness is responsible for the Kirkby option ?Be of no doubt Mate, Tesco Terry is the dog and BK + KW are most definitely the tail.

No plan B ? if it was up to me Wyness would be leaving Goodison as if he’d been fired out of a fucking cannon
3   Posted 07/08/2007 at 22:59:57

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You are unfortunately one of the deluded sheep that has enabled Bullshit Billy and Bully to hang on to their positions for so long and think they can hoodwink all the fans all the time.
For God’s sake wake up man.
Dave is spot on this man is only in it for the money.The same man who took a 250000 bonus when we were significantly in debt and losing money hand over fist.The same man who refused to answer the question if he had any financial gain to make out of EFC going to Kirby.
There isnt a chairman or chief executive in the country that would still be in a job if they announced they had no plan B and could not even cost plan A.These 2 have turned us into a joke.The new stadium will cost us between 50 and 100m no matter where it is built and no matter how it is dressed up!!

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