Found this interesting article regarding Everton's current plight by Phil McNulty on the BBC Sport website.
Covers mostly the same ground thats been covered on here the past few weeks but thought it'd be worth a read by any Evertonian.
Tony Hale, Posted 02/02/2011 at 10:50:40
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1 Posted 02/02/2011 at 14:03:46
I found some of the responses from BBC viewers interesting.
None of us know all the facts of what's going on behind the scenes. There is rumour and speculation ? administration, Hollywood investment etc ? but one thing is for sure in my opinion. Obviously there needs to be some kind of change, behind the scenes, management whatever.
It looks like 2011 will be a landmark year for EFC. We can't stay as we are. So what will change?
2 Posted 02/02/2011 at 14:18:59
3 Posted 02/02/2011 at 14:18:59
4 Posted 02/02/2011 at 14:45:20
Given investment in other lesser clubs, Kenwright is doing something wrong, be it using the wrong person to look (the hopeless Keith Harris), or looking in the wrong place, or talking to the wrong people, or asking for too much. Why does no-one ask what Kenwright's asking price for the club is, or why he hasn't appointed a proper financial service like Liverpool did (in Hawkpoint) in order to seek out potential buyers?
This total inertia, the 'there's no money out there and that's the way it is' defeatist attitude is killing many different aspects of our club - morale, optimism, fanbase, ambition. Something seriously has to change.
5 Posted 02/02/2011 at 14:53:17
6 Posted 02/02/2011 at 15:21:32
If my interpretation is correct, he is basically saying "I want some random with no particular interest in my club and squillions of quid in the bank to throw some of it my way to do with it what I wish. That way I will still hold the controls of the train set and in return, they will be an 'investor' in a club for which they have understandably no passion. They would not have a standing such as chairman or owner to raise their profile in return for the investment but that's okay because they would have a 'true blue' at the helm and look what a great job I have done so far."
Assuming my analysis is accurate I struggle to think why billionaires are not beating a path to our door. It's the deal of the century!
7 Posted 02/02/2011 at 15:28:42
Its probably a few backhanders that keep the 'Nosey' journalists quiet.
I find it hard to believe that no journalist has ever run a story on the so called silent owners of our club. It is common knowledge amongst Evertonians and with all the storys, rumours and accusations from fans 'in the know' at our club you would think someone would have raised a few questions at least. Strange, Very strange!
Am i wright in saying that a certain Phillip Green would probably know a few people in high places when it comes to the media???
8 Posted 02/02/2011 at 15:53:50
I am usually a Moyes supporter but I was disappointed last summer. He had no money to make signings, and that is the hand he's dealt, so fine. But I felt then - not just some hindsight - that he should have juggled the squad to get a better balance.
He held out for more money on Yak, which may have been no more than a tactic that backfired - I don't know. But I thought then that we could have got up to £15 million by selling Yak and Pienaar - it was evident to me the one could not continue as our top striker, and that the other would not stick around long enough for it to be worth our while keeping him. Now we'll get barely half that.
Maybe I was a bit optimistic in thinking the sales would have got us Donovan plus a new striker. But it seemed obvious that sticking with what we had would mean little firepower, just when the rest of the squad was looking good enough to challenge for 4th place.
My advice now would be: use the sales of Pienaar, Yak, Vaughan and Yobo to pay for a £12-13 striker. Whoever is the best we can get for that money. Then sell one of the jewels to fund a better balance(assuming we would be allowed to reinvest money from sales).
We may have our hands forced on this: Fellaini has a new contract offer, but will he sign? Do not allow more than one of the jewels to leave. We have most on longer contracts.
But the sale of - say Fellaini - would be sufficient to get a very good replacement AND sign Donovan or a younger winger. Hopefully cool heads, and a better financial position than what many of us perhaps fear can get Everton back competing.
9 Posted 02/02/2011 at 16:29:14
so 15 million for Fellaini would not mean 15 million for the manager. Also we probably still owe 5 million on him the way we structure deals.
therefore where is the incentive for Moyse to lose any player he likes as he would not get someone better in return
10 Posted 02/02/2011 at 16:43:58
11 Posted 02/02/2011 at 18:14:55
12 Posted 02/02/2011 at 18:17:17
13 Posted 02/02/2011 at 18:17:47
Personally, I hold no grudge.
Would the majority of posters here, if given the situation where they owned Everton FC, really give it up so easy for the sake of the club and new investment?
Be honest with yourself.
Nah, I didn't think so. I'd love to think everyone is so altrusitic, but the reality is we'd all have our fingernails dug into the doorframe as someone tried to pull us away from our beloved club, rather than easily given up for some roubles or euros and to an investor who isnt a fan, and let it slide from our grip.
I think you're too hard on Bill.
14 Posted 02/02/2011 at 19:34:28
Lee @6 That's my understanding too . It is the core problem at our club. Kenwright is looking for huge investment without offering control of the club. Its completely unrealistic
15 Posted 02/02/2011 at 21:30:02
He probably does love our club, however, his dieing love could be actually damaging our long term future. Please Bill do the best for the club & sell in order to safeguard our club
16 Posted 02/02/2011 at 21:58:52
Look at past examples
Peter Swayles - the most similar example to BK if ever there was one, outlived his stay and destroyed Man City at the time
Peter Ridsdale - crippled Leeds and only now do they look like their long rebuilding/recovery seems to be showing decent fruition
We are all fans but our other skills earn us a living.
17 Posted 02/02/2011 at 22:10:29
18 Posted 02/02/2011 at 23:48:11
I suppose it depends on what a person thinks is love, as to whether he/she would give up the club.
You've asked a question and presumed to give us all the answer. It would appear then, that you would not relinquish control. Well, it is a hypothetical situation but you have maybe not knowingly shown up your so called love of Everton to follow the motives of our current Chairman.He'll let it die before he gives up control.
He loves the club....as long as its his. Some love, some chairman.
19 Posted 03/02/2011 at 07:54:42
20 Posted 03/02/2011 at 09:09:43
There is no other option than to break up the squad, it is ageing and unbalanced. As much as I hate saying it, we need to move on our older players who will still fetch a decent fee - the likes of Arteta, perhaps Cahill, Bily, Heitinga are all good candidates.
With the money from these sales, Moyes needs to go out and buy twice the number of players. He needs to find the next Cahill, Arteta, Pienaar, Jagielka, Lescott, plus a decent striker or 2... £5M or less players who develop into top Premiership players.
Ideally, amongst all this, he needs to hold on to the Colemans, Fellainis, Rodwells, etc.
Moyes has done it once and while it is far, far easier said than done, I reckon he can do it again. Although, looking at Moyes, I don't think he's got it in him to do it all a second time over. Something's going to give very soon, for better, or more likely for the worse.
21 Posted 03/02/2011 at 09:55:55
22 Posted 04/02/2011 at 14:21:53
Besides, as pointed out in this thread, BK never actually said he was looking for a buyer, only for "investment". As if anyone would give him their money for him to manage it! I mean, if that were easy to achieve he wouldn't need to look far, all he'd have to do was merely to convince Lord Grantchester to part with some of his money. But something tells me that if I were Lord Grantchester I wouldn't do that!
So, what needs to be done, clearly and unambiguously, is for BK to appoint someone to sell the club, not just "look for investment", and be done with it. If this is not done quickly, within a couple of seasons we'll be relegated.
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