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Trevor Birch?

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Sorry to bring up past failures but could anyone fill me in on what actually happened him and why he quit Everton?

Did it have anything to do with the Kings Dock fiasco?
Tom Campbell, Kildare,Ireland     Posted 07/06/2008 at 12:18:10

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Lyndon Lloyd
No, his arrival and quick departure came after the collapse of Everton's bid for the Kings Dock. No one, apart from the select few at the top, knows for sure why he left but the smart money was on him telling some harsh home truths and finding all sorts of resistence to his recommendations, the biggest of which was to move stadia, of course.
Bilbo Baggins
1   Posted 07/06/2008 at 16:18:56

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My contact at the club informed me it was to do with the debt the club is in and he wasn't told the truth when he applied for the position nor in his interview.
Tony Horne
2   Posted 07/06/2008 at 18:32:25

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Didn’t he also recommend selling Rooney? Made a lot of friends by coming back to Merseyside did old Trev. He moved on to Derby and they remember him with much affection there too
Steve Williams
3   Posted 07/06/2008 at 19:31:22

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It was a combination of Bilbo’s and Tony’s commernts. We were in such dire straits that the ONLY solution was to sell Rooney. This is something that BK rejected out of hand - remember the £50m comments?

As a fellow acountant, I remember meeting him two days before he left and the first thing he said to me was "Hi Steve, got any money?"

As his position had become untenable he felt it was the honorable thing to step down. I for one couldn’t really argue with his decision.

Incidentally, BK then took over the role of chief exec as well as Chairman and then sold Rooney for £20m plus add ons!
Pete Rossetti
4   Posted 08/06/2008 at 12:24:11

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I know exactly why he left, as does a number of other people connected with the club. I worked in their corporate sponsorship department which is now headed by a woman called Lorraine O’Brien.

He left because he was promised total control to get the club back into the black. However, Kenwright reneged on this and added to the fact that there was a huge amount of internal rows between Kenwright and Gregg, he upped sticks and left.
Erik Dols
5   Posted 08/06/2008 at 21:55:29

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Trevor Birch? I remember an article in a Dutch footy magazine about him about a year ago, when he went to Derby. I googled it to see what it said precisely and this is a translation and summary about what they said about him:

He went to Chelsea a few months before Abramovich took over. He left shortly after Abramovich bought the club and got a big, big exit bonus. The article claims he gave Abramovich essential information about the financial state of Chelsea and Ken Bates so Abramovich could get the club relatively cheap. Then he went to Leeds, already in big trouble. The article claims Birch’ contract contained large bonus clauses for getting money in. Birch would have advised and actively helped players to transfer out for smal transfer fees and with Leeds still paying (part of) their salaries for the first year or two years on. A way to maximize his bonus-payments but not really the way to save Leeds. Next he went to us and the article claims Birch was fired after he tried to blackmail a construction company in paying Birch large sums of money to be the preferred builder of any new stadium Everton would be building.

Let me make it very clear that this is an unreliable source but you asked about it and this is virtually anything I ever heard about the guy. :p

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