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Ken Kneale
1 Posted 27/01/2021 at 09:28:35
Paul, as ever, an interesting, thoughtful and well researched article. I have asked you before, and you indicate they have always rebuffed your questions, but again I ask; how do we get the present inertia at board level to any change in thinking or structure? I am of the view it is now or never for Everton or it will be impossible to ever achieve our former status in football given the global nature of the game in modern life.
Jay Wood

2 Posted 27/01/2021 at 11:42:31
This was an engrossing read, Paul. Very thorough and thought provoking. Thanks.

Your previous posts on the subject and questioning of the diversity, qualifications and competence of the Everton board and administrative staff kinda strayed into absurd accusations of misogyny against our current CEO.

A cop out and deflection, IMO. First, the questions you and others raised were not exclusively directed at DB-B, but the entire board. Secondly, legitimate concerns were expressed as to whether all members of the board (and background auxillary staff) have the degree of expertise and professionalism equal to our direct competitors we are trying to usurp as your post here neatly maps out.

There have been a couple of articles in the Echo in recent days that could be grounds for encouragement on the commercial side of things.

First, this story:

Everton Record Biggest Commercial Growth in Pandemic

Now this could be variously interpreted because our starting base was so low, whilst Europe's big earners have been seriously hit by the pandemic. But it IS a positive and evidence we are at least doing something to improve our off-field finances.

Secondly, this:

Yerry Mina On How Everton is 'El Maximo' in Colombia

This is tied in with Everton's recent new partnership with Rushbet in Colombia, giving the club an even greater profile in the country.

Some may feel queasy about that as Everton players feature heavily in Rushbet's promotions. But again, it is evidence of some sort of 'plan' for North and South America.

Your neat table makes it very, very clear. Essential to our ambitions is consistent European qualification to get our noses into that trough.

And on that front, Carlo is giving us genuine hope.

Brian Harrison
3 Posted 27/01/2021 at 13:13:07

Everytime you post they are always informative and educational, and what this post highlights is the importance of European football is to a club's finances. As the chart shows, most of the top clubs dwarf our income by 5 or 6 times and that has obviously impacted on our lack of ability to compete at the highest level.

I read yesterday that, since 1986, Man Utd and Arsenal have had 5 managers but in that time Chelsea have had 23 managers. But I suppose the moral of that story is there is more than 1 way to acheive success. Normally if you chop and change managers like Chelsea, it usually doesn't bring success, but the difference with them is they have always changed 1 successful manager with another and then backed each manager with huge transfer budgets.

Their success has been based on participation in the Champions League as well as domestic success, maybe the thought of missing out on a Champions League place was the real reason Lampard was sacked.

Robert Tressell
4 Posted 27/01/2021 at 13:32:54
The trouble is - the Moshiri regime has an awful lot of catching up to do. The gulf between us and the rich 6 is very wide on all fronts.

The nearest comparison I see is with Arsenal & Spurs. Moshiri is not competing with Chelsea and City's financial clout.

First up, we desperately need a new stadium. Only then do we show some signs of catching up as a business. If we can keep up around top 6 in that period it will be a tremendous achievement and bode well for the post new stadium era.

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