Although there was speculation that new manager Carlo Ancelotti will be have been assured of further funds to bring in key players, perhaps as soon as this month, reports suggest that the Everton hierarchy will tighten the purse strings until a number of fringe players can be offloaded.
According to The Telegraph, sources close to Goodison have confirmed that the imminent Annual Report for 2018-19 ahead of next week's AGM will show large losses in excess of £100m but stressed that the club was exposed to a contravention of Financial Fair Play rules and that neither long-term recruitment plans nor the proposed stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock would be affected.
The Telegraph report states:
Everton have suffered huge deficits — spending an estimated £450M on players since Farhad Moshiri bought a 49.9% stake in the club in February 2016. Total player costs, including wages and transfer fees since Moshiri acquired effective control, had already doubled from £106M in 2015-16 to £212M in 2017-18.
The club recorded net debts of £66M, down from a net cash position of £9.6M in 2016-17. Over the same period, the club made a pre-tax loss of £13M compared with a profit of £30M a year earlier.
Everton already have the second-highest wages-to-income costs in the Premier League, above Uefa's 70% spending “red line”, and have been unable to offset them by qualifying for Europpe.
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1 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:03:16
Stage 1 Get one of the best managers in the world.
Stage 2 Let that manager decide the players he wants and spend £400m.
As expected FFP will be the issue. Moshiris last roll of the dice is on Ancellotti. To improve the odds of success he needs to sack Brands and let Ancelotti fulfil the role of a traditional manager, give him total control of footballing matters. If Marco fails, Moshiri has no other realistic options open to him to improve the team though. We are at a critical point.
2 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:09:25
It is patently obvious that Moshiri knows little about Football, so it has to be Kenwright ill-advising him, and the smug bastard will still walk away with his pockets bulging. The sooner the better in my opinion.
I sincerely hope Carlo doesn't get pissed off with the amateur handling of the Club's Finances, and is told there is little or no money for transfers after being promised funds would be made available. Then walks away!
3 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:13:33
4 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:21:42
5 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:23:10
There really has been an awful waste of money but a bit harsh and perhaps premature to blame it on Bill. Moshiri will have had control,of the purse strings and signings such as Siggy,Klaasen, Tosun and Bolasie do not sound like the work of someone who was behind the bargains picked up during Moyes reign. Who know someone- its a bit like writing off Duncan as a cone carrier?
6 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:34:16
Ancelotti talked about finding out about the players we already have etc, and this is because he already knows the scene.
Money spent in january is rarely good value anyway.
We simply need to stay in the PL and give him a decent budget for the summer.
Can't pin this on Kenwright.
7 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:37:55
I agree with Eddie too, this Kenwright blame os just pathetic now.
A shit joke almost every thread. All summer ot was 'obvious hes pulling the strings' then Ancelotti walks in. I would feel like a tart for weeks if i been spouting that bingo nonsense.
The man is a clown we know but hes not Jimmy Savile. He made mistakes and we have heard it over and over again but if you can't move on, how do you expect the club to.
Its not helpful to even mention the man while completely forgetting him being there was probably the reason Moshiri trusted Ferguson to restore some faith.
Moshiri has never had a better window than Kenwright with Martinez signing Lukaku McCarthy, Barry and Deulofeu but because Moshiri is richer he gets not even a fraction of the boring jokes.
Hes made more mistakes in 4 years than near all of the club leaders have had.
8 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:41:36
And it wont change until he leaves.
9 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:48:17
The players signed under his watch have been far superior to the dross that came from Walsh and Koeman. The transfer fees and contracts handed over by that pair set the club back years. Moshiri and Kenwright are also accountable for allowing it.
That said, we can still do far better in terms of recruitment. Youd think that a higher calibre player can be attracted by Carlo Ancelotti than Marco Silva.
10 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:57:38
11 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:58:05
12 Posted 05/01/2020 at 10:58:46
13 Posted 05/01/2020 at 11:01:08
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15 Posted 05/01/2020 at 11:14:51
We have to accept we are not going to be catapulted into the top four by just throwing money at it. We must have a rational plan to unload the rubbish pile and stop adding to it. If it means a few more lean seasons then so be it.
16 Posted 05/01/2020 at 11:18:53
The problem at the moment is the injury crisis we have, and it is indeed a crisis of unusual proportions. It is hardly a surprise that a business might run at losses during the initial stages of adopting a 'new regime', and Everton is no different.
Similarly, in this new regime, it is hardly surprising that several managers of middling quality will tried, tested, and rejected. We now have a top manager, which reflects upward evolution of the regime that parallels the better players signed under Brands.
Further progress can be expected as the injury problems reduce.
17 Posted 05/01/2020 at 11:21:46
Sure the fans want success, and also want to see top players brought in, but that is about as far as it goes. I don't think for one moment anyone on the Board or who is connected to the Club, look at TW or any other Fansites to guage opinion.
18 Posted 05/01/2020 at 11:23:13
Thankfully we now have a world class manager who will now be in charge of transfers, as I cant see Ancelotti being told who we are buying by Brands or any other DOF.
19 Posted 05/01/2020 at 11:23:24
20 Posted 05/01/2020 at 11:31:27
21 Posted 05/01/2020 at 11:48:25
22 Posted 05/01/2020 at 11:53:22
They got Salah from Roma, a champions League club doing well in their own country and he was 25. How do you think they keep him happy? Why hasn't the likes of PSG and Real Madrid bid for a striker that got 40 goals in a season
On for 20-30 this season.
Honestly mate these so called journalists that call out players wages haven't considered half the factors that matter.
23 Posted 05/01/2020 at 11:59:10
Who is it at the club who agrees to sign these players and more importantly who agrees the wages ?
Surely it must cross the mind somebody dealing with the finances " This seems like an awful lot of money per week "
The goalkeeper from Huddersfield is a case in note.
24 Posted 05/01/2020 at 12:10:04
Bernard and Iwobi bad value? Even if that is true (which it isn't), I give you Sandro, Klaasen, Walcott, Schneiderlin, Sigurddson, Tosun, Bolaise, Martina.
25 Posted 05/01/2020 at 12:10:42
Salah will be kept well happy and why on earth would anyone tell a journalist the real number?
The press have had Harry Kane on 90k a week for about 4 seasons now. He could earn that a day a Madrid or Man United.
26 Posted 05/01/2020 at 12:14:21
He surrounded himself with serial failures, charlatans and piss artists who took him to the cleaners. Carlo might just be his last hope to save his investment.
27 Posted 05/01/2020 at 12:15:01
Lets get something right here without meandering back to the past,Moshiri knew as mutch about footy as I know about how to build a Box Girder Bridge.
Who the fuck else except Mr.teary arse would of been in his ear constantly (Now he was bloated with new found wealth AND HIS INTEREST ON LOANS REPAID OFF)
Gibbering on like a pools winner in his ear about Rooney/Martinez said' ill take you into the champions league' (after relagation!) Oooh we must have that Koeman manager at Smpton...Bring 'Our David ' back etc on.on and on.
28 Posted 05/01/2020 at 12:20:22
29 Posted 05/01/2020 at 12:29:28
You have proof of all your "whispers"? No? Lets move on then..the man is a clown but equally clownish jokes and rumours about what you think he said are irrelevant and absolute dire for moving on in life.
30 Posted 05/01/2020 at 12:39:17
All that matters is that the manager believes the team he has to work with is fit for purpose and that he knows how to deploy them. For much of the last four years, the managers' fitness for purpose has also raised many a query and thereby muddied the pool !
31 Posted 05/01/2020 at 12:42:53
It wasn't Brands who gave these players long and generous contracts.
We are still in a position of having players, past their best, on megabucks that other clubs won't pay.
We are saddled with Tosun, Walcott, Siggi and Schnides to name but 4, until we can find someone to take them and pay their wages.
of the players Brands has overseen, the jury is out on Iwobi but Richarlison has been a success, as had Gomes. Mina is showing signs of progress, Digne has slumped in form, but he is a quality player. Sidibe has proved useful and Bernard has his moments.
No-one can have forseen the Gbamin injury.
Brands started the job as Silvas was being courted and now he has a new relationship to develop.
I would think that he is quite capable of working with a professional like Carlo and that between them they can bring some real quality to the club in the Summer.
We simply have to be patient.
If there was one bit of business I'd like to see in january, it would be Nathan Ake in and Keane going to Bournemouth.
32 Posted 05/01/2020 at 12:45:47
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35 Posted 05/01/2020 at 13:04:54
36 Posted 05/01/2020 at 13:09:06
37 Posted 05/01/2020 at 13:09:18
It doesn't even make my heart skip a beat now.
Moshri has done everything an owner can. He's been unlucky.
He's injected millions into the Club. He's invested in its infrastructure and the city in which it resides with the Liver building. I believe (?) Finch Farm has seen upgrades? And he's in the process of building a brand new, state of the art stadium.
I have no doubt any longer he has backers.
He's spent large to attempt the gate-crash the Big Boys, and it's failed due to some poor player purchases. I'm sure he's learned from that, adjusted, and we'll see moving forward a very aggressive owner who will simply spend more prudently, and less.
The wage bill will be reduced to around 63% to 65%, and we'll see 1-2 "impact" transfers moving forward instead of the scatter-gun approach we saw previously.
A scatter-gun approach who's only purpose was to catapult Everton into the upper echelons of English Football quickly.
It didn't work, we'll adjust, and move on. And Moshri has the pockets and the friends to have undergone that experiment without worry or financial ruin.
38 Posted 05/01/2020 at 13:33:54
So fascinating to hear what Kenwright whispers in Moshiri's ear about this player or that manager and who puts the cones out for training etc etc.
39 Posted 05/01/2020 at 13:50:47
On the subject of our indebtedness, when I used to run a pub many years ago, we had two sets of books. A set for the taxman and the real set.
40 Posted 05/01/2020 at 14:08:43
Should that not be 'How to waste millions ON
dummies ' ?
41 Posted 05/01/2020 at 14:12:06
Moshiri is an accomplished accountant - he may be playing a few smoke and mirror finance games for all we know
42 Posted 05/01/2020 at 14:12:15
43 Posted 05/01/2020 at 14:19:47
The wages to turnover ratio is around 77%
It will be very difficult to reduce the wage bill during January as the players on high wages who are not playing are not going to attract interest at their fees and wages, the club will have to take huge losses on the books to offload at a reduced price while also subsidising part of the wages for the remainder of the contract while said player is playing for another club.
What worries me most, isn't just the fact that the club has been run extremely poorly from a financial (and on field) perspective, it's that the outlook for the current financial year will be as poor if not worse. Last financial year, the loss was £13m only due to record profit from player sales, around £88m, without which the club would have recorded another £100m+ loss.
So if you have a business that's generating huge losses year after year, without any clear plan of how to turn it around, at some point this unsustainable situation will come back to bite. Make no mistake, regardless of Moshiri, Usmanov or the tooth fairy, the outlook financially is very bleak.
44 Posted 05/01/2020 at 14:25:06
45 Posted 05/01/2020 at 14:33:58
47 Posted 05/01/2020 at 15:08:54
Now lets beat this red infestation of Alienism.
48 Posted 05/01/2020 at 15:15:17
49 Posted 05/01/2020 at 15:17:51
50 Posted 05/01/2020 at 15:23:35
There are still a few left overs, Niasse is nigh on impossible to shift, Tosun is required as cover but was another expensive mistake, Walcott and Schniederlin can expect to exit sooner rather than later and both are high earners but currently have use to the squad.
Aside from Iwobi, who started brightly but has faded, most other players he has brought in would sell for more than we bought at.
Digne, Richarlison, Bernard, Gomes are all worth more, and can all be considered successful signings. Mina, probably about same. Kean? He's only had 6 months!! He certainly hasn't gone down in value and should he become available will be sought after again. Sibide? If signed for 12 million? Bargain. If he goes back to his parent club and Kenny comes back in? Good business
This season has been horrible for injuries. Yes the management of the players available hasn't been up to scratch, but if Ancelloti had walked into the club with Gomes, Gbambin and Delph all fit then he probably wouldn't have been taking over a club near the bottom 3 (arguably he wouldn't be here because Silva wouldn't have been sacked if we were higher up the table)
The losses are not Brands fault. The club will still be paying Silva, I think Koeman too as his wages were bing subsidised in the Dutch Job. Fat Sam, not sure when his payout went through or whether the continued to pay him in instalments. Those are cock ups and none can be attributed to Brands
51 Posted 05/01/2020 at 15:47:21
52 Posted 05/01/2020 at 16:05:22
53 Posted 05/01/2020 at 16:53:29
This figure also precedes sales worth £70 million (and further purchases of £100 million) so as ever is an artificial snapshot of the true financial situation that was known 6 months before Ancelotti arrived so comments in the media that suggest promises are being strained are very wide of the mark.
54 Posted 05/01/2020 at 18:17:48
55 Posted 05/01/2020 at 18:20:42
56 Posted 05/01/2020 at 19:14:25
57 Posted 05/01/2020 at 19:40:57
Gomes. A fraud. Outclassed by Lincoln
Digne. Can't defend. Gives free kicks away in dangerous positions. Responsible for loss at Millwall.
Sidibe. At fault for most goals conceded away. Not even in camera shot for goals down his flank. Monaco fans celebrated when they sold him.
Kean. Couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo.
Richarlison. Falls over and sulks
Delph. Over the hill and injury prone
Pickford. A Clown.
Brands should be run out of town.
58 Posted 05/01/2020 at 19:54:03
While the team used their brains got a decent manager from the start, expanded their own stadium and started a culture were every player lived and breathed the red shite and then just to rub it in sent out a youth team and showed us how to play football with attitude. yep we are heading in the right direction
59 Posted 05/01/2020 at 19:55:22
The warning signs with Pickford was relegation with Moyes Sunderland.
60 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:11:39
Moshiri has had to learn some harsh lessons and is still learning that a team sport doesn't work like a business.
Everyone slags Walsh off but some of the young players he bought such as Vlassic had all the ingredients to be a fantastic player.
Leicester are still benefitting from several players that are now developing into excellent players.
So I believe the basics are their but our managers and coaches have failed to get the best out of them and in that respect Moshiri has failed by hiring the wrong managers.
I know Pochettino would probably have declined wanting a bigger 'champions league' club but I would have tried everything to get him. I think he would have improved what we have, mostly young energetic players.
Moving on we have a top manager in Ancelotti but he'll demand much better players as he doesn't work to improve youngsters, he wants a more finished player.
Moshiri has to back him financially otherwise he's again hired the wrong man.
61 Posted 06/01/2020 at 09:48:19
63 Posted 06/01/2020 at 11:34:36
Quite why Ancelotti has seen fit to bring back short goal kicks puzzles me. Duncan had dispensed with those in the knowledge that the players were incapable of making it work. Yesterday it played to our weaknesses and the oppositions strengths. Why do that?
If any good is to come of yesterdays result, the club must start planning a revolution in terms of style, personnel and performance levels. That will not happen overnight. The immediate priority must be to secure the five wins required to guarantee safety.
The sooner he can do that the sooner Ancelotti can start testing what he has available in the under 23s and under 18s. Along with that must come a radical change in playing style which can only be brought about by bringing in younger players with the energy, sprinting speed, stamina and team ethos which we saw in abundance from the opposition yesterday.
64 Posted 06/01/2020 at 14:02:09
66 Posted 06/01/2020 at 21:21:38
67 Posted 07/01/2020 at 22:45:50
68 Posted 08/01/2020 at 13:23:54
Nail = head. Nothing more to add.
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