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Although stated that Everton have been for sale for the last few years, there has been no positive interest that we know of as such.

However, if an opportunity ever came up whereby you were able to approach a mega-millionaire, and you were able to have 5 to 10 minutes of his/her time, how would you go about trying to sell them Everton FC?

I know that this is an extremely short and possibly strange request, but I am sure that the majority of TW readers would also be interested in reading some of the more positive views of those with the ability to string words and sentences together coherently.

Come on, let's hear some positive stuff about our club ? we always seem to have a lot to say as to how we can do things better... and you never know ? that elusive millionaire may well cross our path in the not too distant future!

Gerry Quinn, Houston, Texas     Posted 27/11/2011 at 17:09:16

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Dalziel Kane
1   Posted 27/11/2011 at 17:40:47

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It would look good on Dragons' Den though wouldn't it?

Kenwright and Moyes in tandem appearing on the show in their best attire and pleading their cases etc. It would be a fun event. Interesting idea, but 'I'm out'.
Eugene Ruane
2   Posted 27/11/2011 at 19:50:21

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Whispery voice over: "The Dragons seemed interested and the pitch seems to be going well. It's obvious Bill is passionate about Everton FC.... but now Douglas spots something..."

Douglas: "Let me get this straight, for just 30 million, you could have had a state-of-the-art stad...."

Headline next day "Everton chairman drowns in own sweat as 5 Dragons die laughing"
Danny Broderick
3   Posted 28/11/2011 at 10:50:17

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I have actually e-mailed various people who have been linked with Everton to encourage them to buy us, and it really isn't hard to think up several reasons:

- Possibly the best youth set up in British football, producing notably Rooney but many other premier League footballer s such as Jeffers, Michael Ball, Richard Dunne etc. These 3 alone generated over 20 million when we sold them. We now have Rodwell and Barkley coming through...

- If the person looking to buy us wanted to increase his global profile, we have the biggest name in Australia in Tim Cahill, the American no.1 in Tim Howard, and as much as I don't like him, a Russian international in Billy. Plus 3 players in the England set up.

- The 4th most successful club in England. Rich history and massive fan base. Needs no further explanation.

- Value for money. Chelsea and City have had to spend half a billion each to get to where they are. I honestly don't think Everton would need as much investment as those clubs. If our debt (circa 45 million was cleared), we would no longer be paying 4.5 million a year in interest, transforming us from a loss-making business to one that breaks even.

By the way, there has been plenty of interest - every time there's a protest Bill finds 3 more people he is in discussions with. Trouble is, when you won't tell them how much you want for the club, or that price is too high, those buyers tend to disappear!
Gerry Quinn
4   Posted 28/11/2011 at 13:14:29

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Danny - excellent start for a list - particularly like the global interest one, and the value for money to break even. Thanks for the input, hopefully there will be more to come.
James Flynn
5   Posted 28/11/2011 at 15:35:06

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We don't get legit offers because current ownership can still pay the bills. Dollars to donuts, there genuinely are many interested parties. I believe that absolutely.

But why pay the higher price, when it's only a matter of time before the banks really start pressing? The vultures are sitting up in the branches waiting for the prey to fall down and stop moving. Once that happens, they'll start circling and descending. EFC ownership is stumbling badly but still moving.
Richard Dodd
6   Posted 28/11/2011 at 16:52:03

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James (#5) is correct but BB has done well to keep the club operating at top level for so long. He, himself, knows it's time to let go but, just like Doug Ellis at Villa, he loves his club so much he wants to ensure new owners can improve on the situation they inherit.

Moyes has every faith in his boss and, I am sure, will be rewarded with a new contract soon after Christmas. It won't suit everyone but he's as good as there is at making silk purses...

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