Doing well in all competitions, plans afoot for a new stadium and financial outlook bright. So just the time to cash in, thinks Blue Bill. "Maybe I can turn a £70M profit like my good friend David Dein has done at Arsenal."
Don't tell me he's toting the Club around because "someone else could take it on to the next level." It's all about filling his arse pocket, that's why he's on MotD and filling pages in The Daily Express.
Unlike most Evertonians, I've never clamoured for a sell out because I'm mighty fearful of who we might finish up with. Mr Johnson casts a long shadow over Goodison for me.
Lawson Tremayne, Posted 11/11/2007 at 23:31:11
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1 Posted 12/11/2007 at 04:19:23
2 Posted 12/11/2007 at 08:23:24
For my money (which I’m more than happy to keep investing in match tickets, replica shirts and Everton TV subscriptions), Kenwright has done a pretty good job all told under difficult circumstances.
Sure our finances are still not 100% solid, but they’re better than they were and we’re considerably less indebted than the majority of the Prem (including the American-owned Man U and our neighbours).
He’s recruited a bloody good manager, backed him with cash when he could (and not knee-jerk reacted when we’ve done some yo-yoing as many on here would/still do call for), he’s brought in expertise (the similarly vilified Wyness) and even some investment (via his US chums) and all without taking much more than some publicity and a little credit.
Sure he’s made some errors and gone back on his statements when pressurised (should we really have kept an unhappy Rooney when his sale could and has underwritten a squad rebuild) but much of this is because he’s made impassioned statements in the first place and got involved as a genuine fan (how many other chairman do you see so much of?)
So what are we really looking for?
A corrupt Asian official, a franchise-making American who really loves soccer or a Russian oligarch desperate to get away from his country and launder some cash?
Or maybe we should be looking closer to home, I understand the likes of Peter Risdale and Freddie Shepheard may be available...
3 Posted 12/11/2007 at 08:37:54
4 Posted 12/11/2007 at 09:06:32
5 Posted 12/11/2007 at 09:58:29
6 Posted 12/11/2007 at 11:15:29
7 Posted 12/11/2007 at 12:43:15
But what we love most about him is that he is in every way one of us!
8 Posted 12/11/2007 at 13:45:41
9 Posted 12/11/2007 at 18:11:07
Allegedly,Kenwright borrowed £21m to buy Johnson’s share out.
Now if he sells his shares for a profit (dirty word) god forbid, he’s the worlds biggest bandit.
Get real, if I had £21m to invest and placed it in a building society at 6%p.a, then by my reckoning it would be worth around £31m eight years on, why should’nt the guy be able to sell on at a realistic price?
Would you expect to sell your house at the same price you paid for it 10 years ago?
10 Posted 12/11/2007 at 20:23:13
He saved us from agent Johnson (I acknowledge he was on the board during PJ’s reign, but keep your friends close...).
He has brought in a CEO who recognises that to function as a football club you must also function as a business. Can you believe that we used to lose money on merchandising under Dumbford?
He has brought in a manager who has taken the club forward and he has had the courage to keep him when other chairman would’ve have panicked.
He put an estimated 85% of his wealth into Everton. Think about that. He takes no salary or dividend and pays for his own seat in the Director’s box.
Bill’s biggest fault is he doesn’t have enough money and the perception is he won’t sell the shares. Maybe he will and maybe he won’t. Perhaps he is waiting for the right man. Perhaps he is setting too high a standard for Everton’s future custodian. Perhaps he loves the train set too much and will lie (Fortress) and bluster (NTL) to keep it.
Whatever the truth is, he has earned his money because Everton is still here and is moving, however slowly, in the right direction (that’s is not to be inferred that Kirkby is the right drection - I was being metaphorical, not geographical).