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Trust Everton: Update 3

By Tony I'Anson & Mike Owen :  18/03/2011 :  Comments (12) :
It is a month since the last update. In that time, a lot of ground has been covered; most steps forward, one or two backwards and sidewards. But there have been around ten meetings with a variety of people.

The current focus is to develop an organisational structure and strategy that best allows Evertonians to help their club overcome some of the complex challenges that it faces.

Many of the meetings over the last month have focused on the various financial models and systems that could be adopted and amended for this purpose. There are many legal constraints.

We have also had further meetings with officials from Supporters Direct (SD), the government-backed body that helps and co-ordinates fans' trusts. After a decade of setting up trusts, SD is reviewing its rulebooks and constitutions to take into account changes in legislation and funding innovations. It does not expect to have these changes finalised until the summer.

Trust Everton could launch in the meantime using the current framework, but would then have to go and change everything a few months later. This would be very time consuming and a distraction from the main priority. However, this delay does give us more time to work on coming up with the right structure for Trust Everton.

There may be some dismay that there has not been faster progress. But the goal is to put something together that will be around for a long time.

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Dave Wilson
1   Posted 19/03/2011 at 06:07:53

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This must be so frustrating for you guys.

Wheels may be turning a lot slower than you want or expected them to, but you have got them turning.

Stay focused guys and Thanks.
Stephen Kenny
2   Posted 19/03/2011 at 08:03:55

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Perhaps now would be the time to raise as much awareness as possible about what it is exactly that the trust is hoping to achieve?

Personally I really like the idea and if the money raised was to be used to redevelop Goodison, secure a percentage of the club to get fans board representation etc, then I would certainly take part with probably the cost of a season ticket per year.

However, if the money was used to provide loans to the Kenwright regime then I wouldn't put a bean in TBH.

I appreciate you may not be at this point yet but I would appreciate clarification if it's possible.
Brian Lloyd
3   Posted 19/03/2011 at 08:42:44

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I agree 100% with Stephen (2) word for word. Kenwright out, Goodison Park in!
Dave Brooks
4   Posted 19/03/2011 at 09:53:10

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Tony, Mike,
Thanks for the update.

In a way I'm reassured that this is taking time. As you say - "... the goal is to put something together that will be around for a long time". The more careful the planning, the better Trust Everton will be.

Thanks, again, for all the hard work you, and others, are putting in on our behalf.
Jeff Armstrong
5   Posted 19/03/2011 at 21:23:28

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Got to agree with Dave #4, the work and thought process you two are putting into this is fantastic, hope we all achieve the common goal ? a more secure and succesful future for this club.
Mike Green
6   Posted 20/03/2011 at 01:00:08

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Thanks for the update Tony and Mike.

Many a time I've been told "you can do something quickly, or properly, but you cant do both".

Take the time to get it right.
Oliver Molloy
7   Posted 20/03/2011 at 11:56:16

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Mike @ 6... Those people who told you such nonsense obviously were not referring to Everton's fast counter attacks!!
Most likely this is the type of spin Kenwright and Co would use... lol.
Stephen Kenny (manager of Derry City Football club?) makes good sense for me. And thank you, to Tony & Mike.
Jay Harris
8   Posted 20/03/2011 at 12:54:16

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Well done Tony, Mike and others.

Try to keep your energy and enthusiasm going.

IMO This summer will be a watershed for our club and Everton Trust needs to be part of that change.
Chad Schofield
9   Posted 20/03/2011 at 16:11:15

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Thanks for the update and I don't disagree with any of the responses. Summer will be a massive time for most likely the club and the Trust. What would the likely outcome be though if there is a change of ownership before SD finish their review and TE forms? This may sound like a negative question, but one that I'm sire many will ask over the following 3-5 months.
Dennis Stevens
10   Posted 20/03/2011 at 18:32:53

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All the best with the Trust, lads. You're quite right to take the time to set it up correctly so as to be a long term vehicle for supporters to have a positive input to the club's future. Nobody knows how football will evolve in the long run & in time to come we may all be thankful that this Trust has been set up.
Stephen Kenny
11   Posted 21/03/2011 at 11:50:36

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No chance I haven't got a clue!!!
Oliver Molloy
12   Posted 21/03/2011 at 16:50:39

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Stephen Kenny is the manager of Derry City in N-ireland and a good one too!!
Same city as Shane Duffy is from.

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