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 […]

Analysis of Everton Annual Report & Accounts to 31st May 2017

With rather odd timing, Everton published their 2016/17 Annual Report & Accounts on the weekend immediately before Christmas resulting in almost no press comment. I do hope that the Annual General Meeting on 9th January 2018 will result in more publicity. It is a great shame as the Accounts published are the most notable for […]

Paradise Lost? – the Panorama story

Paradise Lost? This evening the BBC investigative programme “Panorama” ran the first of  two episodes looking at offshore finance, in particular the so-called “Paradise Papers”. The programme spends a considerable amount of time examining Usmanov and Moshiri’s investment in Arsenal and Moshiri’s subsequent acquisition of Everton shares.     As I’ve described in detail below […]