Diversification and our future growth strategy

Way back in 1992, the Premier League was created and built on the back of Sky’s desire to use football as their unique selling proposition as Sky strove to build a subscription-based satellite service in the UK. As competition grew for domestic broadcasting rights their value increased exponentially, fueling huge increases in football wages and […]

Everton’s January transfer window driven by regulations or pure financial sense?

There has been much talk in the media both locally and nationally regarding Everton’s ability or willingness to acquire new players during this January window.   Brands commented at the Annual General Meeting on the unlikelihood of doing business in the January window and in his most recent pre-match press conference, Marco Silva  was quoted […]

Investment in squad & exceptional expenses return Everton FC to losses – Report & Analysis of 2017/18 Accounts

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…. Genuinely, I feel Christmas is upon us when the Everton Annual Report & Accounts slip into the inbox – time for mince pies and perhaps a glass of something warming as I review the financial affairs of our beloved club in the year 2017/18 (year ending 31 […]

Unnecessary caution at business breakfast meeting on Bramley-Moore

This morning saw the greatly anticipated business meeting “Everton Football Stadium and Associated Regeneration” hosted by “Downtown in Business” featuring Everton’s current CEO, Robert Elstone and Liverpool City Council Mayor, Joe Anderson.   The meeting was split into two parts, Robert Elstone speaking first followed by Joe Anderson. I don’t intend going through the meeting […]

Knowing your customer/fan – moving out of the dark ages

Football’s approach to “knowing your customer” lives in the dark ages. Generally, most clubs have no basis for optimising revenues from across their customer and fan base. I’ll argue some clubs, Everton included, could be accused of not knowing their product either. Football is almost unique in business in that each club is almost entirely […]

The role of a Sporting Director and why Everton need one.

Let’s start with the need first. It’s my belief that a sporting director is needed for many reasons, not only at Everton but among all clubs with the ambition to succeed. It’s needed at corporate and shareholder level, and most importantly needed for sporting performance reasons.   Too big a role? With the size of […]

The boards of the ‘big 6’ and the challenge for Everton

Arguably Premier League football is a heavily subsidised business. Subsidised by the riches of broadcasting rights which have grown exponentially over the last 25 years ago. Participation in the Premier League has guaranteed levels of income not dreamed of even 10 years ago. However, it is often argued by economists that subsidised businesses or sectors […]