Everton as a multi-million-pound business are not in a position where they can impart detailed and possibly confidential information to the fans. There are a range of issues that the fans would be interested in but, even if the club wanted to keep us in the loop, it would be unwise to inform us. So the situation offers us many hours of discussion and debate. Occasionally, after time has elapsed, we might even get the chance to say to friends – “I told you so!” A great feeling.
So, a big “why”: Why has Carlo Ancelloti chosen to manage us?
I find it intriguing and am mightily pleased he is here. Surely it is because our owners have genuinely convinced him that he will have all the necessary resources to be successful. A man of his reputation and experience would recognise a con, wouldn’t he?
Is it the massive salary? The challenge at this stage of his career to prove he can restore to the higher echelons the great institution that is Everton Football Club. Is it nostalgia? Going back to his early days in management, when the odds were against him and he was trying to build a reputation. The lure of the Premier League? Has he been promised the money necessary to be successful?
However, he must realise the constraints of the “protectionist racket” that is Financial Fair Play. Does our club have a strategy to circumnavigate this rule? We seem to have made one play with the option of naming rights of our proposed new stadium to the tune of £30 million. Have we the money? If yes, can we spend it? Have the club been truthful with Ancelloti?
And then there is Usmanov. Is he now fully with Everton and prepared to pump money into the club in terms of buying players and in building the new ground? Is he only interested in making money out of us? Is he genuine and going to be one of us? Is it a combination of these reasons? Is he in the background due to Financial Fair Play?
Certainly I find his presence intriguing because he is a genuine “big hitter” and is unlikely to be involved in anything unless he can be successful. Does he share our dreams?
Does the club really believe we can reach the Champions League by the scouting and buying of the next generation of talent before our competitors realise their potential? Leicester City managed to do this to a degree – could we replicate this success? Is Ancelotti onboard with this vision?
Many many questions, what is the truth and how are we going to progress? Can Bramley-Moore Dock really be the catalyst to propel us upward? We will have a stadium of 52,000 while several of our competitors have 60,000 plus...
Tomorrow night I will be in the pub and some of these questions will form part of the evening's debate.
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