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Our Future in Their Hands

By Frank Fernyhough :  08/02/2009 :  Comments (0) :
As a team we’re playing well; the spirit and determination shown against Bolton was in stark contrast to the opponents' laissez-faire style. Look no further than the dug out to establish the origins of this approach — David Moyes — a manager whose demeanour and sense of dignity is again in stark contrast to a certain Spanish gentleman whose stock and standing is rapidly becoming a source of great amusement for his fellow managers.

Moyes, with little money to spend, appears to have made the difference for Everton; repeatedly punching above his weight, he seems to have reached something of a glass ceiling; not due to his ability but due to that one commodity that is in short supply at Goodison, and just about everywhere else, — money. How is he to progress, challenge for honours and establish Everton firmly in the Sky 4 at the expense of Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal?

Bill Kenwright appears to be unable to invest personally in the club or attract investment at the level required. Like David Moyes, he appears to have reached his own glass ceiling. Despite many rumours of Arab, Indian and American ownership, they remain what they are — rumours.

The other option appears to surround the relocation to Kirkby. This is designed to generate additional revenue for use by David Moyes on strengthening the squad, leading to better results, more honours, and bigger crowds, ad infinitum. There seems to be a difference in opinion as to the exact amount of additional revenue such a move would generate but at the moment anything is better than nothing, particularly when, at recent derby games, just one of Liverpool’s players cost almost as much as the majority of our team, telling you that the cost of those ten or twelve additional Premier League points that define success of failure is disproportionate to the amount we’re spending now.

Will Kirkby provide the financial impetus to propel Everton into the Sky 4 or will it provide the platform, in conjunction with the latest television deal, to attract a new owner? Perhaps it will do neither; perhaps the inquiry that has been going on for months will find against the project...

After the match, I was talking to a journalist acquaintance of mine in one of the lounges, his take on Kirkby was that it was far from straight forward and that the protest group KEIOC have put forward some strong arguments. I know a little about planning issues so this morning I read a couple of items on the KEIOC website. All is not what it seems, I had them down as a protest group against moving from Goodison — it appears that they have either taken planning and legal advice or they include in their number legal and planning professionals; either way, they’re raising legitimate concerns that could have a major impact on the future of Everton.

The planning inspectorate will determine whoever is right, and this is a real worry. Not known for their football supporting prowess or intelligence, a group of individuals appear to hold the future of Everton in their hands; let's hope the right decision is made for Everton — not some tree huggers, not the Council or the Government, just for Everton. COYB

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