The British-Iranian businessman purchased an initial 49.9% holding in Everton in February but it was always assumed that his long-term goal was to purchase a controlling stake in the club once he had his "feet under the table" at Goodison Park.
That intent is spelled out in documents registered at The Isle of Man's Companies Registry that show that Moshiri has options to buy out the remainder of the shares held by Bill Kenwright and Jon Woods — the pair originally sold half of their stakes to the 61-year-old former Arsenal shareholder — as well as those held by former director Arthur Abercromby.
According to the documents, Moshiri's options were granted in February this year to Blue Heaven Holdings Ltd, the vehicle registered in the Isle of Man last August by which he purchased his first tranche of shares.
Documents registered at The Isle of Man's Companies Registry show Moshiri's options to buy more from Everton's other major shareholders
They offer further evidence not only of Moshiri's intent to increase his stake in the club but to take full control of the club from Kenwright who has been at the helm at Goodison Park for the past 16 years.
Moshiri is believed to have taken the lead in dismissing Roberto Martinez as manager last month following a run of horrendous results and he has been the point man for negotiations with Ronald Koeman who is expected to be named as the Toffees' new head coach in the coming days.
Movement on the club's long-standing stadium issue is also expected as the London- and Monaco-based billionaire seeks to carry out his ambitions to rebuild Everton as a power in the Premier League.
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1 Posted 06/06/2016 at 19:25:33
2 Posted 06/06/2016 at 19:30:55
3 Posted 06/06/2016 at 19:33:37
"WE ARE EVERTON"
4 Posted 06/06/2016 at 19:33:39
6 Posted 06/06/2016 at 19:53:23
7 Posted 06/06/2016 at 19:53:38
8 Posted 06/06/2016 at 19:59:10
9 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:09:49
10 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:12:17
11 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:16:44
Sounds like our man has a plan....is this the dawn we've been waiting for...?
12 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:24:41
Looks like we've got a future now.
13 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:25:17
I posted on his appointment that step 1 of his plan after the initial share purchase would be increase his equity holding possibly in conjunction with a new partner. Step 2 would be sack Martinez and Step 3 appoint a new world class manager.
Well he sacked Martinez first but I think that was probably a change to the initial plan as things got so bad so quick. Doesn't make much difference in the end, the key point is this guy is serious. Thanks again BK for pulling off the original deal with Mosh. Finding a billionaire who is prepared to invest his own cash in our club at a time of global financial meltdown and with EPL experience, is a staggering achievement. It's sad that not everyone one acknowledges this as it's undeniable BK's final key act was a master stroke. Kenwright was never perfect but this deal overwrites everything else as it will be truly transformational for our club.
14 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:25:44
15 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:26:29
16 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:28:19
17 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:28:31
So happy to have someone at the helm that seems to understand Premier League football, and even seems to understand this club. Hats off to Bill for not selling us to someone like Lerner who might have the cash but clearly no understanding of how the league works. Onwards and upwards!
18 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:29:26
19 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:44:44
Now we are a very wealthy club with an owner (soon to be) that clearly wants to bring success to our club. Whatever happens we now have hope for the first time in about 25 years. Moshiri didn't just wake up one day and thought oh I'll sell my gilt edged golden plated guaranteed income in Arsenal and put it into Everton. A lot if bloody hard work and persuasion will have gone into doing the deal.
As I have repeatedly said Kenwright has fucked up other things, including the ludicrous appointment of Martinez which I said so at the time. But this deal massively outweighs all those past failings. Not everyone is perfect, we will always have to take the bad with the good, BKs lasting legacy will be Moshiri, who will also no doubt do things in the future we don't all agree with. But all the other BK failings like the new ground will now get resolved, so the only legacy will be Moshiri, the other shit will get put right.
20 Posted 06/06/2016 at 20:55:00
21 Posted 06/06/2016 at 21:12:19
Bill has stabilised the club but like his choice of managers isn't going to take us further. Moshiri will I really believe so
23 Posted 06/06/2016 at 21:16:51
The Usmanov angle is also, of course, interesting.
27 Posted 06/06/2016 at 21:39:40
David Dein was no doubt a link in this chain but we must give credit where it is due and BK deserves a pat on the back for at leaving the legacy for which we have been praying so long, with a total takeover available for when the right time comes.
I for one would like to say thanks BK, now let's get on with making EFC a club of which we were once so proud and back to where we belong at the top table.
30 Posted 06/06/2016 at 22:20:27
On the other hand, is it possible that Bill and Jon Woods are giving their remaining shares free to Moshiri in return for a genuine huge extra investment in players ?
These thoughts sound improbable but I just don't get why Mosh would pile a load of his own cash into buying players unless he is getting something very substantial in return.
31 Posted 06/06/2016 at 22:41:17
32 Posted 06/06/2016 at 22:43:24
In truth, unlike the American interests, Moshiri (Usmanov?) could, I assume, have afforded to both buy out existing shareholders and to invest the further monies needed but it has been decided to go down this other route which lets BK have continuing influence and means that Moshiri doesn't have to stump up the bigger sums.
Should be good for us on the understanding that Moshiri calls the tune but , like others, I am especially interested to see whether this could be a precursor to something even bigger and more ambitious with Russian money.
You're right, of course, that the investment expects a return and given the state of football as a multi-billion pound corporation, and given their frustrations at Arsenal, I imagine that Mr Moshiri and his friends decided that now was the right time to act and to buy into a great club like ours.
Uncle Bill opened the door to them and let them come in, so that's good.
33 Posted 06/06/2016 at 23:07:25
34 Posted 06/06/2016 at 23:09:11
I think he will continue to carry on getting this big club back on it's feet again and the stadium issue at long last, looks like it could happen.
I think that the investment/return angle is not the major driver for Mr Moshiri. I think he was deeply frustrated at Arsenal and decided to take his opportunity with us. I don't think he's just going to shower us with money but he looks a canny player in the finance world so will know how to proceed with our resurgence.
Ii probably isn't that far fetched to see Mr Usmanov play some part, as that American (Kroenke, is it) has just bought some more shares. Whatever is going on, the future begins to look brighter for us at long last.
35 Posted 06/06/2016 at 23:19:20
Reading your posts on the matter, it's as if Kenwright "finally" found the right guy and has graciously stepped aside, leaving the Club in good hands.
I'd guess that Moshiri had enough, at Arsenal, helping out his long-standing business partner Usmanov, and struck out on his own. For his own ambition.
Saw the Sleeping Giant run by a fellow in age and failing health and made his move.
Kenwright's genuine and fair legacy is, and will be in the long history of Everton Football Club, hiring the manager who steadied the ship, then got the Club moving up the table.
The rest about old Bill, Andy? Nah.
An aggressive guy, Moshiri, saw an opportunity and his chance to make his own mark in the football world. He's taken it.
We'll see what happens.
36 Posted 06/06/2016 at 23:23:06
37 Posted 06/06/2016 at 23:38:25
I hope he/they want to outstrip those who thwarted them at the Emirates - I know Usmanov increased his shareholding but he is still on the outside there.
Anyway, it's all very promising for us - whether or not the Koeman deal is signed and sealed.
38 Posted 07/06/2016 at 00:48:49
39 Posted 07/06/2016 at 00:53:03
Calling Moshiri Kenwright's legacy is like saying that Fenway is Hicks's and Gillette's legacy at Arsefield. Convenient idea, but not true.
40 Posted 07/06/2016 at 01:17:57
There's a power struggle at Arsenal if you want to see it that way. FACT is Kronke by increasing his shares is a big two fingers in the face of Usmanov. Kroenke calls the shots at Arsenal. Fact.
Moshiri being involved in all this might have thought he would try his hand somewhere else seen as he's getting older. Fair play to him. Bring it on.
I tend to think along the lines of James Flynn@ 35, I don't for a minute believe this has been masterminded by BK I believe he got lucky. He knew the right people at the right time.
Everton were ripe for investment and Moshiri grasped the nettle. BK has done very well out of this deal do not fool yourselves. So congratulate Bill hopefully into the sunset.
As for Moshiri, he's a billionaire because Usmanov made him a billionaire, as astute as Moshiri may be he works for Usmanov, their business partners, whether that partnership unofficially carries on at Everton, who knows?
Is Moshiri striking out on his own? Possibly. However let's be honest Mr Usmanov ain't gonna be happy being a silent partner at Arsenal under Kroenke forever surely?
My line of thinking is this- New manager, players, big money spent, we will know the true extent of this investment when Everton get a new stadium, then we will know we have serious investment.
41 Posted 07/06/2016 at 01:26:18
Due diligence no further than Wikipedia would show to anyone that Kronke BUYS things. He buys.
God knows why Usmanov bought into AFC. Moshiri too.
Kronke's thing is to purchase, purchase, purchase! It's what he does.
Usmanov bought Moshiri's shares. This we know.
Moshiri has gone his own way. His way is Everton Football Club.
Let's see what he does with it.
42 Posted 07/06/2016 at 01:29:35
Nailed on President for life ( none exec.)
43 Posted 07/06/2016 at 01:39:32
Exactly for the reason you've just pointed out. Kroenke has got Arsenal wrapped up. So I find it surprising people scorn the idea that Usmanov and his best mate could actually look elsewhere!
Just going on gut feeling there's more going on behind closed doors with this than we understand. As I've said previous, the building of a new ground will tell us alot.
44 Posted 07/06/2016 at 01:46:32
45 Posted 07/06/2016 at 01:49:43
46 Posted 07/06/2016 at 02:14:17
47 Posted 07/06/2016 at 03:32:08
Do you think he's Usmanov's frontman? Why? Nothing indicates that. What we have is Usmanov owning the shares Kroenke doesn't at Arsenal.
And Moshiri neck-deep in running EFC.
If we're extending that relationship to a new stadium Merseyside?
Why not? Usmanov's fortune was made in the Russian steel industry. Wouldn't surprise Moshiri would bring him in while looking for a new stadium deal.
Beyond that, Moshiri is the boss of EFC.
48 Posted 07/06/2016 at 03:43:36
49 Posted 07/06/2016 at 12:25:40
50 Posted 07/06/2016 at 12:47:39
Legally Moshiri will be/is Evertons boss. My gut feeling though is that there's more to this but I could be wrong.
Batman and Robin! Usmanov and Moshiri! Ha ha ha! I don't know why but that's how I feel about them pair, anyways I know sweet fa so I'm just throwing it out there as plausible.
Like I said earlier it's the building of a possible stadium overlooking the Mersey that will be a game changer for us. That deal if it ever happens will I think expose more than we know now.
Build it and they will come!
51 Posted 07/06/2016 at 13:09:18
As long as his main aim is to put Everton back at the 'top table' of major players in the league I am happy.
As others have said if we build a new state of the art 60,000 capacity Stadium like Marseille's Velodrome on the waterfront- which we will fill we can then compete with anyone.
52 Posted 07/06/2016 at 19:25:49
53 Posted 07/06/2016 at 20:20:04
Taking black and white positions on such matters is simply naive. This isn't a good v evil debate, it's business. BK was far from perfect, made some big mistakes, but he also was pivotal in getting Moshiri into our club. The idea that Moshiri just woke up one day and thought, 'I know I'll go and buy Everton' carries zero credibility, but I guess it does help avoid acknowledging the actual reality.
Some balance and objectiveness called for I think. To those who adhere to the idea that BK deserves no credit for Moshiri's appointment, could BK ever have done anything in your eyes that was good for our club? If the only answers you can think of is either leave the club, or not (insert one of his mistakes) I think you've probably identified that you perhaps have an axe to grind against the man. Being blinded by prejudice is never a smart place to be.
54 Posted 07/06/2016 at 20:48:25
None other than Vic Reeves.
55 Posted 07/06/2016 at 22:29:31
56 Posted 08/06/2016 at 11:30:47
I would like to see one or two of our youngsters make the grade this season ie; Holgate, Dowell, Davies, Galloway and Garbutt....they may enable us to save some money but they are unknown at the premier league level.usually youngsters are inconsistent and that is quite obvious with Lukaku, Deulofeu, Stones and Barkley who should be reaching their very best more often.
The new manager plus Moshiri need to inject ambition and enthusiasm into our squad to raise the spirits of the suffering fans and get Goodison rocking !!If we could buy a Payet or Silva type of player plus a Yarmolenko to play alongside a rejuvenated Lukaku then the whole club would benefit.
If Moshiri can hang on to our best players and add two or three top players then the fans will be pleased.I do not want to see us continue to use transfer windows to make profits to the detriment of club ambition.We need to invest in the team and perhaps that will result in the long over due rewards on the pitch.
57 Posted 08/06/2016 at 12:31:21
58 Posted 09/06/2016 at 01:02:26
We would have endured the inept Martinez for longer if Bill had his say. Please led us rid ourselves of that amateur Kenwright once and for all.
59 Posted 09/06/2016 at 02:39:55
"In selling the Goodison blueprint to Koeman and trampling over a Premier League rival, Moshiri has shown Everton are ready to assume the roll of transfer bullies rather than browbeaten as has so often been the case in recent years. The preys are hunters again".
60 Posted 09/06/2016 at 03:52:22
If a friend of yours owed you a lot of money and was rumoured to be seriously ill wouldn't you get a bit worried you might not see a return?
61 Posted 09/06/2016 at 06:37:50
Oh Moshiri more...lovely as a summer day..
Soz that's all I got
62 Posted 09/06/2016 at 07:19:18
To recap, what I understood Amit said was that "The Mosh" may have specified or itemised certain conditions to be fulfilled before he exercised his option to buy up further shares.
Amit then went on to outline some examples. So, I got to wondering quite what those issues might be which Farhad Moshiri is looking to see completed ?
Perhaps the signals are there in Moshiri's message in the Chelsea programme ?
Stadium, he clearly states this as a priority matter. So, does he want an agreement of some sort in place regarding our home ?
Debt, many here have been unhappy with who we have to repay this to. Has Mosh got better ideas which need to be in place ?
Relegation, at the time that Mosh bought in, avoiding relegation was NOT a certainty. But, by the time Martinez was dismissed, it was. Action since that point has been decisive and determined.
I have absolutely zero evidence other than my own meanderings. Nevertheless, these 3 issues could, to my thinking, each or jointly hint at why Mosh had 49.9% and agreement for more. Time will tell.
63 Posted 09/06/2016 at 07:49:26
I suspect it worked both ways - i.e. Mosh couldn't increase his stake until he had given some assurances and finance to the club/squad/infrastructure/stadium.
I think it is a good way of doing it, whichever way.
64 Posted 09/06/2016 at 08:08:41
I'm sure that you're right regards the existing shareholders probably requiring certain measureable level of input and commitment. As you say, it's reassuring.
Exciting though, isn't it ?
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