I just received a glossy brochure from Everton in the mail today. I expect all season ticket holders did.
Page 1. Message to Evertonians from the new CEO - I take her message to be summed up as “good, open and regular communication is fundamental to success” with a promise to “keep [us] informed of the latest developments at [our] club”.
Page 3. A write-up on Brands and Silva which carries a commitment to youth development: “They are both determined to bring us the success we all crave. They have also placed emphasis on development of young talent. We are renowned for our world class academy and Marcel and Marco have a shared vision to utilise our productive and respected youth system as a key part of their strategy”.
Page 5. Stadium update. It doesn’t say anything more than what John Blaine has said recently. It gives a bit of spiel about work being done behind the scenes on design and funding.
Page 7. Everton leadership team. A profile of the Board members and Directors. It gives brief profiles on some of them. There’s also a hierarchy in the style of a family tree with Moshiri at the top as “major shareholder” and Bill Kenwright shown directly under him as Chairman. However, there’s no other mention of Uncle Bill.
Page 9. Other developments. This is a brief bit on The School, the Blue Base, update on Finch Farm which has had some work done to install a family lounge, and confirmation of relocation of club operations to the Liver Building.
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1 Posted 28/07/2018 at 22:14:21
The best one was last summer blazoned on the season ticket/card the words “Nothing Will Be The Same”.
Who the hell are they trying to kid?
Do they think Evertonians are not intelligent match paying football fans and cannot see when they are being taken for a ride and being taken for fools?
Nothing has changed at Everton since the arrival of Moshiri who is now well into his second year soon to be third and the club is floundering grossly on and off the pitch.
You get the feeling Moshiri just had to strike when the iron was hot with the appointment of Ronald Koeman in his first summer, that was the statement of intent we all thought would see this club break from the shackles and start being bold but the fact that fell so spectacularly apart in 16 months must have been a chastening experience for the Iranian in particular.
It wouldnt surprise if Moshiri decided to walk away before this pipe dream of a stadium even got the first brick laid.
2 Posted 29/07/2018 at 16:34:12
3 Posted 29/07/2018 at 16:44:40
- Engagement with local residents of L4 will start this summer on the Goodison Park legacy.
- The club is close to confirming the appointment of a new Stadium Project Director.
- No final decisions on capacity or final detailed designs have been made and fans will be further consulted before final commitments are made.
- There has been progress in work to secure finance but while the club continues to work with Liverpool City Council, it is also continuing to explore other options.
- More engagement and consultation with fans on both the Bramley-Moore and Goodison Park projects is planned.
Barrett-Baxendale added: "I fully appreciate that all our fans want more regular updates from us on the new stadium project, and I thank you all for your patience to date.
"Due to the complexity around the funding models, the planning process and some challenges relating to the unique nature of the site, we havent always been in a position to provide updates as regularly as we might like.
"It is a very dynamic project and Im sure you understand that we only feel we can provide updates when there is certainty on the various stages of the project. You have my assurances that when there is information to share we will share it with you quickly and accurately.
"I would also like to thank the thousands of fans who took part in our surveys, helped us form our Key Principles and attended and provided feedback at our workshops over the stadium.
"This input is invaluable in shaping our new home. Prior to submitting a planning application, we will be undertaking more engagement and, in-turn, formal consultation with our fans, neighbours and wider stakeholders at both Bramley-Moore Dock and Goodison Park."
"... a very dynamic project... " Sorry, but no. It is anything but. If it progressed any slower, it would grind to a halt.
Nice try, Denise, but it's all talk. Why is it taking so incredibly long to get anywhere?
4 Posted 29/07/2018 at 18:18:06
The really sad thing is... It's all very Everton, if you get my drift.
5 Posted 29/07/2018 at 18:20:31
Its all talk as per usual, its what we as a club have done best for years (at least we are good at something) .
Ive had the brochure too and it doesnt do anything to fill me with optimism because frankly its news I heard two months ago just from a different source.
Its all promises on a platform made of ice and nothing seems certain or set in stone does it?
As I say, gobbledygook, that Elstone and Wyness before Denise Barrett-Baxendale have been spouting for years.
6 Posted 29/07/2018 at 18:38:08
They promise they are going to do this and that, how truly grateful the club is for our continued support. On the other hand, they have got all my information on computer but can't turn the game from France on to my iPad. It took another Evertonian, Brent Stephens, to give me the details before I could get the game on.
Everton FC and Mrs Baxendale in particular: Actions speak louder than words.
7 Posted 29/07/2018 at 19:15:07
8 Posted 29/07/2018 at 19:38:44
That's a lame complaint Jim.
9 Posted 29/07/2018 at 19:46:25
10 Posted 29/07/2018 at 19:47:25
Why is it a lame complaint?
We buy something in March yet it takes so long to arrive, why?
11 Posted 29/07/2018 at 20:13:12
The club has to be organised and get the sales sorted early.
If the tickets arrive the week before kick off surely that's good enough. Yer can't use em on the bus y'know.
Knock the club when it needs knocking but season ticket not yet delivered???? It's like booking a holiday, and having to pay six weeks or so before you go, amd then complaining that you can't go the day after you pay!!!
12 Posted 30/07/2018 at 17:48:35
Second thoughts ?
13 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:10:47
14 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:16:18
15 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:37:23
This is a massive project and presumably big project management responsibilities? We do want it to be successful, don't we?!
16 Posted 30/07/2018 at 22:54:27
17 Posted 31/07/2018 at 05:36:26
Sorry, just had to stop for a quick laugh
18 Posted 31/07/2018 at 05:57:27
21 Posted 31/07/2018 at 13:02:35
Clearly, the evidence suggests it is far from all talk and funnily enough financing a half billion pound new stadium might just take a bit of time to sort and secure through due diligence and assessing options, instead of just jumping straight in with the council.
We moan that we need a new stadium to compete, then we moan it's taking too long to complete when we eventually agree to build a new one, then we moan athat ll we hear is talk.
Tell me, what are the intricacies of the funding model for Spurs new stadium?? Oh that's right, they didn't plaster it all over the social media, press etc, funny that. Or what about Chelsea's new stadium?? Mmmm, that's right, cancelled.
For all the things we could legitimately moan about, like how shite the team look pre-season and how we haven't signed a centre-half or decent midfielder yet, surely that puts receiving an update through the post from the new CEO into a bit of perspective?? Maybe it's just me...
23 Posted 31/07/2018 at 14:23:09
DBB does communication well but already I see her being called out for being all talk and no action. This is ludicrously unfair.
24 Posted 01/08/2018 at 11:07:59
David (23), maybe Mrs. Baxindale will turn out to be a good part of Everton's future but I've seen and heard her talk, she bored me to death at the last AGM, for minutes in end she talked about, mostly, what Goodison Park is going to be like after we have left it, it wasn't relevant on the night, she was brought to take fans minds off what was going on at the club, she can talk alright and absolutely loved being there in the spotlight, let's see how she performs in the future, I always wish my club well so I wish the same for her.
26 Posted 01/08/2018 at 15:58:56
I would like to propose that the back page of next year's brochure is given over to an 'Incessant negative whinger of the year competition'
Entries could be to Barret-Baxendale via ToffeeWeb. Any takers?
28 Posted 02/08/2018 at 15:06:37
Perhaps the page could be split? I bagsy the bottom to middle 'page half full' for the happy clappers.
29 Posted 02/08/2018 at 18:01:52
Discussion makes the world go around fella but you have every right to hold the views you hold, as do I and the rest of the 'whingers'. Meanwhile, I wish you all the best with clapping middle to bottom mediocrity.
30 Posted 02/08/2018 at 19:19:13
If you critcise one thing one week - great- oplnion. If you say the opposite the next - odd - first opinion devalued. If you go on like this week after week criticising everything and also in a conflicting way, then some people will call you a whinger.
Tom I suspect it's you that needs to do more reading.
Nice touch with 'fella' sounds hard/streetwise.
31 Posted 03/08/2018 at 07:55:59
32 Posted 03/08/2018 at 17:52:06
Read into that what you like, but it sounds a bit ominous.
33 Posted 03/08/2018 at 18:48:07
Theres nothing new and always the same sugar coated wrap of all things wonderful, at EFC.
It feels like BMD will be Greek house project...perhaps this one will finish, but no TCD, so interest going up and Brexit, looming, the era of chaos..
Is the club waiting for a certain Russian to join the board? I hope so.
Now for a boost tomorrow v Valencia.
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