With all the transfer speculation doing the rounds at the moment, and the talk of Michael Johnson "returning" to the Blues, it got me thinking about other ways of getting hold of players, and making sure potentially valuable assests (see Baines and Jags) don't slip through our fingers.
A bit of Wikipedia hunting tells you that Everton have associations with three foreign clubs ? an Irish academy called Ballyoulster United, the Ontario Soccer Association and the Football Association of Thailand, where we just got our pop idol winner from! With Wyness always going on about the commercial aspects of the Prem abroad, I was thinking how far would linking up with another club or two across the globe would improve us. Setting up ties with say and African or South American club could potentially unearth a few hidden gems, and at least improve our image away from home. I don't have a great deal of insight in this area, but I know that Arsenal did have a link with a Belgian club who produced Toure's brother (who we were linked with a while back) as well as Emmanuel Eboué.
(I do however realise this Belgian link-up got investigated by police for money issues so you never know, bit of money laundering for big Keith!)
Adam McCulloch, Posted 02/06/2008 at 09:19:07
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1 Posted 02/06/2008 at 14:05:28
Any of you other oldies remember Martin Murray? He was supposed to be the next George Best but I don’t think he ever got further than our reserves & returned to Ireland, homesick.
2 Posted 02/06/2008 at 14:05:27
3 Posted 02/06/2008 at 14:34:48
4 Posted 02/06/2008 at 15:00:15
Everton also hooked up with the Indian FA a few months back which I think is a great move :-
I agree that Africa is definitely a region we should be exploring, given the amount of talent coming from there & our pool of African players at the club.
A link to Australia would also be great. Soccer has the largest participation rate of any sport in Oz and although it has struggled against the other football codes for media coverage etc it is really get its act together now. Through its participation in Asian competitions, I’ve also realised that there is a lot of talent in Asia, in particular in the middle east.
All the above may be academic if they bring in the 6+5 rule!
5 Posted 02/06/2008 at 16:14:05
But then what else should we expect from the clowns who are currently at the controls.
6 Posted 02/06/2008 at 16:31:29
7 Posted 02/06/2008 at 16:47:21
Adam needn?t worry... KW will probably sue his cousin in Turkey.
8 Posted 02/06/2008 at 17:16:19
Apparently they do it every week. Don?t know why.
9 Posted 02/06/2008 at 17:30:01
10 Posted 02/06/2008 at 20:58:51
11 Posted 03/06/2008 at 07:20:56
I live in Branston, near Lincoln so I remember in the local press here there was a bit about the link between the Everton and Lincoln City.However, as I say I think it was very short lived and may not have gone beyond that season.
I am disappointed that we didn’t explore further links in Ireland to follow up the Home Farm thing. Traditionally Everton have had strong links with Ireland, in the past many great Evertonians have been Irish e.g. Peter Farrell,Tommy Eglington, Jimmy O’Neil and Mick Meagan to name but 4. When I see the likes of Doyle and Hunt at Reading ( is Shane Long Irish ?) - I wonder why we have missed out on them given our stronh historic links to Ireland.
12 Posted 03/06/2008 at 14:31:09
Here’s one point for linking up with India - 1 Billion people and a huge middle class (300M+) thats as big as the whole US population. From what I can tell from my Indian mates, you’re right cricket is definitely no. 1 especially with the recent success of IPL. Still, EPL is very popular on cable TV and as we all know a lot of the money in football these days is overseas TV, shirts, sponsorship etc. Definitely worth having a foot in that market.
Also, along with the China Soccer Prince scheme I mentioned earlier, it seems that Everton have just hooked up with a similar scheme in North America (another important market):-
Good to see the club moving forward on all fronts :-)