Next week is the last game of the season and, depending on results, we will either finish 7th or 9th.
So you are asked to be the interim chairman till a new owner is found. The question is: What decisions do you make? The manager has said he wants to do his transfer business early and he doesn't want to sell any of his first-team squad.
Seeing as the banks won't lend the club any money and the other directors don't intend putting any money into the club, what do you do?
Oh and just to compound your problem, we have Pienaar on loan from Spurs; if you don't sign him, the fans will be in revolt.
So... any ideas how you would deal with the situation?
Brian Harrison, Posted 07/05/2012 at 09:31:39
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370 Posted 07/05/2012 at 14:28:50
When I was a lad finishing first and/or a cup was the bottom line.
How our expections have been lowered.
373 Posted 07/05/2012 at 14:26:51
Then I'd get Ranneri in and tell him "this will be the greatest challenge of your life"... no Piennar though: the Spuds want him back. This would cause such a sensation worldwide that everyone would want to be associated with us: "Ranneri's Babes" ? got a good ring to it!
What d'yer mean, "It's a load of bollox?" ? you started it! Billy boy ain't going anywhere so you'd better get used to it. The only ones not on the Goodison gravytrain are the fans and the poor Toffee Lady.
375 Posted 07/05/2012 at 14:54:02
We are a selling club. If price is right.
376 Posted 07/05/2012 at 14:55:14
379 Posted 07/05/2012 at 14:59:05
Sell Jagielka and Fellaini for approx 30m (hopefully).
Bring in a new manager (pay him about 1m a year max) and tell him to concentrate on bringing in youth and free transfers to bolster the squad size, (need a good minimum 5-6 new faces from the 100+ players on a free at the end of this season).
He can use some of the transfer cash to bring in 2 decent players for about 8-10m each (2nd striker and right mid a priority if not already gotten on a free). Also sign Pienaar permanently for not more than we paid Spurs.
Use 10m of the transfer cash to pay down debt....simples init!
Oh and almost forgot, sack Steve Round aswell or offer him the Under 11s coaching spot!
380 Posted 07/05/2012 at 15:11:15
383 Posted 07/05/2012 at 15:29:53
385 Posted 07/05/2012 at 15:44:26
Oh yeah, and I'd make sure they sold good beer and pies in the ground.
388 Posted 07/05/2012 at 15:52:36
A decent pint would be a start.
Then get shut of Big Vic, Osman, Mucha, Mcfadden, Strac, Baxter,Cahill, Drenthe, Hibbert, Neville and Round.
Get two young speedy wingers in, get Pienaar and a second striker. Give Rodwell till January to shape up,
if he doesnt get shut...
389 Posted 07/05/2012 at 16:17:46
390 Posted 07/05/2012 at 16:10:06
392 Posted 07/05/2012 at 16:33:26
Under pressure Kenwrights hand was forced and Moyes played a blinder with Gibson Piennar and Jellovich. I cant see a way in which we can add to our squad without selling the very players which turned us into a good side.
So in answer to the question........yep, beer and pies!
395 Posted 07/05/2012 at 17:01:59
396 Posted 07/05/2012 at 17:04:33
397 Posted 07/05/2012 at 16:39:02
I'd tell the fans, players and management this is the path with all the issues it brings.
We WILL sell players at the right money and go for youth and players of potential because we either deal with the root cause of our problems or continue the slow death.
Moyes would probably go simply because our managers salary should be no more than 1.75 million and I just couldn't see him standing for it.
The most important thing would be giving the club leadership whoever come in as manager would have to be a builder of teams perhaps a larger than life Di Canio type. But one thing Pardew has shown is just because your CV ain't the greatest doesn't mean you can't succeed.
To be brave and honest would raise this club and unite the fans, I think we're at rock bottom if we ended up relegated I still think 30k would turn up - if there was hope and a vision the old place would fill again.
401 Posted 07/05/2012 at 17:28:57
406 Posted 07/05/2012 at 18:08:52
428 Posted 07/05/2012 at 19:18:44
I'd be up front with the fans and tell them the plan, that will involve selling some quality players if the right offer comes in.
430 Posted 07/05/2012 at 19:51:13
432 Posted 07/05/2012 at 19:36:48
433 Posted 07/05/2012 at 19:49:36
434 Posted 07/05/2012 at 19:58:35
We have some potential quality, I give you that, but for the big money sales that have kept us afloat over the last few years ( Rooney, Lescott, Arteta.. ) we are left with 5 (off the top of my head) that are worth big money, and those 5 are critical players to keep us in the league, nevermind in buisness.
435 Posted 07/05/2012 at 19:59:34
436 Posted 07/05/2012 at 20:13:12
They could even finance the new deal and development?
The objective would be to separate the on field assets and Everton brand from the commercial fixed assets (stadium, training ground). Aren?t Rangers doing something like this?
If there is a way to do this, doesn?t it make the club a much more attractive investment as the stadium issue seems to always be the stumbling block to any buyer?
437 Posted 07/05/2012 at 20:08:39
Secondly, the other posters say hang on to our players and hope a new buyer can be found quickly.
We're really, as all the posters suggest, between a rock and a hard place, with no hope of a quick release from that position.
438 Posted 07/05/2012 at 20:15:54
Some speculate there is off-balance sheet debt. Some even go as far to suggest there is personal debt from the retailing Tottenham fan.
I'm sure there would be buyers if the club was sold for the value of the debt. And that is where I repeat, having no committed plans for a new stadium, particularly an identikit in a far flung retail park, would be an advantage. The question then becomes why are they asking so much? Anything upwards of £100m to £180m according to various sources.
439 Posted 07/05/2012 at 20:17:52
The only real solution is Everton do a deal with Peel Holdings. They seem to have all the land in Liverpool after buying out Mersey Docks and Harbours, and are able to do developments like Trafford Centre etc. Might have an issue with working with our clowns... (What is the latest on the self-funding construction on the car park?)
440 Posted 07/05/2012 at 20:23:39
To want anything over net assets for something loss making and no realistic solution but to build a new stadium at a huge outlay to create the income to make it self funding, is crazy.
443 Posted 07/05/2012 at 20:37:46
Now the tricky bit: 5,000 x £100k = £500M. Simples.
446 Posted 07/05/2012 at 21:00:04
If we can get Pienaar i would look at a RM a la Drenthe on loan. Could go either way, but at worst you end up paying a drenthe figure for a few months until his contract expires.
I would look at sorting the ticketing arrangements, get the spare tickets into local schools etc, and start building a future fan base. Or sell tickets for restricted views by the seat maybe, charge a reduced amount. Ten quid for any of the seats, but you have to buy on day of the match? will at least get the average attendance up?
I would look at renewing Moyes; contact, but tell him it will need a 50% reduction in salary, it has been done in other lines of work, BBC for example with the economic climate. I don't think he would get it elsewhere anyway so call his bluff. If he doesn't want it look, shake hands, and look for the long term at a Solksjear figure or a Brian McDermott to rebuild the ageing squad
449 Posted 07/05/2012 at 21:19:51
460 Posted 07/05/2012 at 22:05:53
Next is look at all the mortgages outstanding and renegociate them all.
Then I would recruit a team to tell me how to redevelop goodison into a 60,000 plus stadium Giving a guarentee of a free season tickets to all under 16s accompanied by an adult or £50 pounds for those kids coming by themselves - but they get a free programme for every game they attend. The proviso being that they must register now. This would demonstrate to investers the size of the potential fan base acting as a lure to bring them in.
I would them take a hard look at the squad, decide what was needed before the window opened and then get them in.
I would then give the club to anyone who had 5 billion in the bank and who promised to spend it all on the blues (hang on isn't that Bill's plan!)
531 Posted 08/05/2012 at 09:33:34
532 Posted 08/05/2012 at 09:34:30
547 Posted 08/05/2012 at 10:35:57
1. We've got no money...
2. We've got no money...
3. We've got no money...
Only decisions that will be made will be to see how much we can get for Rug Head, Jella & Baines.
551 Posted 08/05/2012 at 10:55:09
Then rebuild Goodison into an entertainment hub, "The Donut", corporate hospitality facilities with the bit of grass in the middle. It will be leased to fashion boutiques, cinemas, daycare centers, restaurants, karaoke, hotels, just about anything to keep our sore eyes off the morbid crap on offer in the center. Install blinds if needed. Six days out of seven we will have concerts on the grass with Lady Gaga and Madonna. We will no longer be in competition with the shite but the O2 and Royal Albert Hall for concerts. Profit.
581 Posted 08/05/2012 at 14:58:37
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