At the end of a challenging week for our game, I wanted to write to you to thank you for your support.
Much has happened since we learned about the plans for a breakaway ‘European Super League' just five days ago… And while it has been a sad and difficult period, it has also been a period in which the game has come together; supporters, clubs, the media, players and former players uniting through a determined spirit to do the right thing and uphold the ethos and principles of the game we all love.
It was very important to me and my fellow Directors that we made our position – and the views of Evertonians – absolutely clear from the outset. And, as I am sure you are aware, we did that on Tuesday morning through a public statement and the representations we made at the Premier League meeting. We made our thoughts clear – thoughts that were always, unequivocally driven by a desire to do what is right and with supporters at their heart.
I can assure you that I, along with my fellow directors, will be working closely with colleagues and shareholders at the Premier League to ensure the events of this week are not able to happen again – and that appropriate action is taken.
If there is any good to come from what has been a grossly unedifying chapter in the history of our game, it is how quickly people across football came together and spoke up, clearly and with one voice in the best interests of football. I am pleased that, eventually, those voices were heard.
And this should give us hope. The hope that through all stakeholders in the game working together in an open, collaborative way - with the principles of the game uppermost in our minds - we can find a solution which has you and your fellow supporters at its heart, reflecting your ambitions, your passion, your hopes and your dreams.
To support us with this - and to provide input into the now inevitable strategic review of our game - we will be conducting supporter consultation in the coming weeks. This is likely to be in the form of a set of surveys which will be emailed to you. I am delighted the Club will be working alongside our Fans' Forum on this project. In advance of the commencement of this consultation, if you have strong views or ideas in relation to matters of the last week or any other subject important to you, I encourage you to contact the Forum through the dedicated email account email@example.com which has been set up for this purpose. Your ideas and your feedback will help us greatly in future discussions with other stakeholders.
I, along with my fellow board members, will do everything possible to ensure the voice of Evertonians continues to be heard, loud and clear.
There will be difficult times ahead, but through working together as an Everton Family and a football family, I'm sure we will get to where you and I want our still beautiful game to be.
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1 Posted 24/04/2021 at 02:10:27
2 Posted 24/04/2021 at 11:32:31
We need a long term (20+ years) commitment to stay out of any cartel with no promotion or relegation.
3 Posted 24/04/2021 at 13:19:33
One punishment that I'd like to see considered is the expulsion from the Premier League of either all six clubs, or at least the "ring-leaders", suspended for about five years or so. Along with points deductions, again weighted against the prime movers in this fiasco.
We know the football authorities from FIFA down are as weak as shite, but if they don't take action now while they still have the opportunity to do so, they'll lose control of the game the next time these Clubs raise their heads. There will be a next time & they'll have learnt a lot from how badly handled the proposed Super League was this time 'round.
4 Posted 24/04/2021 at 16:18:54
That said FIFA are not known to be squeaky clean. A new system is needed, footy needs to be protected.
5 Posted 26/04/2021 at 07:29:43
Players' wages and fees for agents have risen ridiculously over the last 20 years. At a time when the clubs have been hit financially, why are they looking for ways to raise more money? Why not get together and say "Hang on a minute, what we really need to do is all agree to put a lid on players' wages, stop paying agents who are only acting in the interests of themselves and the players."
Players do not need more than £100k per week. They bang on about retiring early but they get paid nice sums to do after dinner speaking, write books, media work.
6 Posted 26/04/2021 at 08:07:25
I believe this is why PSG shelled out so much for Neymar. It was to put top calibre players out of reach of other clubs.
7 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:17:13
8 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:34:55
Although I'm no expert in these matters – where's Ferns when you need him?
9 Posted 26/04/2021 at 19:13:32
A transfer ban over an extended period of time will give the rest of us time to catch up and they would be able to sell players from their bloated squads to raise money.
A points deduction will see them playing catch-up from the off so let's see how good they really are. This would not punish the fans which is their latest ploy to avoid punishment.
If Uefa wants to add a European ban as well, that would be great.
10 Posted 26/04/2021 at 20:13:51
I can't disagree with anything in your proposal, though I will be pleasantly surprised if Uefa do anything at all.
11 Posted 27/04/2021 at 17:11:25
On the problem itself, the type of competition that Robert alludes to is what has placed unsustainable pressures on club balance sheets. This should be the focus of future discussions in lieu of perhaps a bit of a tantrum over punishments. Should internal pressures at these secessionist clubs be suffice just go with pursuit of capital regulations, transfer practices and other aspects of the financial game being played.
12 Posted 27/04/2021 at 17:21:03
13 Posted 27/04/2021 at 21:35:22
Why not, over 25 clubs, who went into Administration, through no fault of the fans,the players, or the Manager, had points deducted, not one person in the elite positions, asked for leanancy,to any of those clubs supporters, hand out the same punishment to those clubs, they signed the paperwork, before written permission to the premier league, about joining a new league.
Like it or not, they broke the rules, and need to be punished.
14 Posted 27/04/2021 at 22:09:06
All of these sanctions may seem a bit extreme, and highly unlikely to be enforced, but as Brian # 13 says, they need to be punished, as clearly they couldn't give a rats arse about English football, they were only concerned about their bank account. 20 points deduction this season, a 30 points deduction for next ssason, a five year European ban and £100M fine should be sufficient.
15 Posted 27/04/2021 at 22:43:07
Had City or Chelsea, not still been in the Champions league, would they have pulled out as quick.
Agree it had nothing at all, to do with fan power.
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