The enormity of the next Everton manager appointment.

Far from reducing the tension around Finch Farm, or the executive offices at Goodison Park, plus of course, offices in London and Monaco, the decision to fire Ronald Koeman less than half way through the “3 year project” will bring Everton’s status in the modern game, and the ambition and abilities to execute actions to […]

Turning the tables on the Premier League “big 6”

Much has been written and spoken about recently on the attempt by the “big 6” to grab more of the seemingly ever increasing broadcasting revenues paid to the Premier league clubs.   Backed by Richard Scudamore, Premier League Executive Chairman, and somewhat incongruously Everton, West Ham United and Leicester City the “big six” attempted to […]

My latest thoughts on Usmanov, Arsenal and Everton

On 29th September Arseblog ran a story claiming that Kroenke (the 67% shareholder of Arsenal) had made a bid to acquire Usmanov’s 30.04%.   Given I’ve consistently held the view that Usmanov will not sell his Arsenal holdings and join his business partner Farhad Moshiri at Everton I thought I’d update and perhaps clarify the reasons […]

Next round of football broadcasting rights may bring great change

By FootballBusinessMatters I guess one of the effects of having 3 year cycles for broadcasting rights contracts is that no sooner is one cycle in place then the games start for the next. Clearly the 3 year cycle is timed to allow sufficient time for pay back for the rights holder but short enough to keep […]

Is a lack of communication causing a crisis of confidence ?

  We’re 19 months into the Moshiri era. In that time, we’ve seen him buy 49.9% of the club’s shares, have an option to buy another 23-24%, he’s repaired the balance sheet, changed the management team and structure of the non-playing staff, spent heavily in the transfer market, acquired Bramley Moore – the iconic dockside […]

Analysis of Everton’s £60m, 3 year facility with ICBC – updated 7th July to include charge information

This evening the Liverpool Echo broke news that Everton under the direction no doubt of Moshiri and Ryazanstev, have negotiated a £60 million credit facility for three years with ICBC Bank. ICBC is owned by a company called Central Huijin Investment which is owned by the Chinese Government. As such it is the world’s largest […]

Usmanov bid does not make move to Everton more likely, in fact the reverse

There seems to be as much interest in Alisha Usmanov and his activities by Everton fans as there are by Arsenal fans these days. Perhaps given the link between Moshiri and Usmanov, and the USM sponsorship of Finch Farm that is understandable. The late breaking news of yesterday (Friday 19th May) that Usmanov had tabled […]

Too much expectation when the facts don’t support them? Or…

When you support a team or just like when you love someone, objectivity often gives way to perhaps unrealistic expectation, and in the case of Everton, unashamedly I’m as bad as most in this respect. Against the footballing odds, every year I’m expecting us to roll up to Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, The Etihad, The […]

Further related thoughts to the Bramley Moore stadium announcement

As I wrote here last Thursday, and spoke on The Blue Room Podcast with Dave Downie, the scheme announced jointly by Liverpool City Council and Everton Football Club is highly impressive, innovative and brings the stadium at Bramley Moore within touching distance of all Blues. The dust has settled a little and the focus has turned to at what […]

Summary of Everton, Peel and Liverpool City Council proposals for Bramley Moore

Already much has been spoken about the news today concerning Everton Football Club, Liverpool City Council and Peel Land and Property (Ports) Ltd. I’m going to attempt to reduce it down to the minimum and explain the reasons why certain structures are in place. Let’s start with the big news – the news that Everton […]