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Deloitte Report

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Not sure what to make of this; bear in mind it's for the 2006-07 season. Congratulations , as ever, to Moyes for over-performing ie 9th best payers against 6th finish in league. On the other hand, we perform poorly in the percentage of wages against turnover... or maybe our turnover is way too low; why is this?
Jonathan Tasker, London     Posted 29/05/2008 at 08:26:08

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Dan McKie
1   Posted 29/05/2008 at 15:52:23

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We dont have as high a turnover because we are not in Kirkby yet ;0)
James Asquith
2   Posted 29/05/2008 at 17:35:25

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I know you?re being ironic Dan, but there is some truth in that. The corporate and non-matchday facilities at GP are poor in comparison to almost any other club in the premiership, and massively inferior to all our rivals looking to get regular european football.

The equivalent facilities at Kirkby will be vastly better.

For me however, that in itself does not outweigh the massive negatives also associated with Kirkby - they?ve all been done to death on here over the last 6-12 months, so I won?t repeat them in detail now.

The reason the facilities at GP are so out of date is that virtually nothing has been done to upgrade them for nearly 30 years. Meanwhile our peers have almost all either completely redeveloped their grounds over time (the majority), or built a new stadium.

I still think we can redevelop Goodison in phases,

(starting with a new tier on the Park End, including some proper exec. boxes and corporate facilities. That should be possible over one close season if all the preparations can be done beforehand. Then convert the back of the main stand (behind the obstructive pillars) to exec. boxes and function rooms. The loss of capacity in the main stand is thus offset by the increase at the Park End, while we would at least triple the number of exec boxes and upgrade the remainder of the facilities at the same time.)

But whatever we plan to do, we need to do it soon.
Roberto Birquet
3   Posted 29/05/2008 at 18:40:51

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If we are looking at a larger footprint of GP and its redevelopment, then we should bite the bullet and play away for a couple of years. Especially if the other lot move and we haven’t - decamp across the park for two years in a 44000 seater ground with good corp facilities.

Like another poster sdays; two years Anfield followed by 100 years at Goodison would be worth it. Maybe if we push this enough, it might be taken up. Three quarters of our turnover is not good.
ron leith
4   Posted 29/05/2008 at 20:03:17

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At the risk of being too simplistic is it not the fact that piecemeal redevelopment as outlined above would bankrupt the club. Say we stuck another teir on here and another one on there the end product would look rather like an old actress with a face lift. Ann Robinson springs to mind. Also and tatty refurbished goodison would look pretty crappy compared to a state of the art 61,000 seater LFC. I could not stand my brothers taking the piss out of me because our ground is a bodged up skoda and theirs is a supped up Zonda.

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