The next step in majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s plan to take Everton back among the elite of English occurred yesterday, as news filtered through that the Toffees have agreed a land-purchase agreement to acquire a prime site on the city’s inviting waterfront.
Everton will now set the wheels in motion for leaving its historic Goodison Park ground, where the Blues have resided for the last 125 years. It’s anticipated that the club’s new ground will boast a 50,000 capacity. The site for the new stadium is located at Bromley-Moore Dock, which is part of the renowned Liverpool Dock. The club will fully fund the project with Liverpool City Council taking the role as guarantors of any loans.
An application for planning permission for the proposed stadium is expected to be lodged later in the year.
In his relatively short period as the club majority shareholder, former Arsenal shareholder Farhad Moshiri has contributed to the signings of some fine players to join the Everton squad, and also made it his business to recruit Ronald Koeman as first-team manager.
Moshiri was also largely responsible for the acquisition of former Leicester City head of recruitment Steve Walsh to fill a similar role on Merseyside. And speculation continues to grow that the next phase of Moshiri’s plans to revitalise Everton’s fortunes involves bringing Wayne Rooney back to his boyhood club in the summer.
Everton have long been on the look-out for a suitable site for a new stadium, beginning with former chairman Peter Johnson’s failed drive to take the club to Aintree or Cronton Colliery. Current club chairman Bill Kenwright, who was integral in attracting Moshiri to invest in the club, also saw attempts to move the club to Kirkby. The club has continuously insisted that a major redevelopment and expansion of Goodison Park was never a viable option.
Hat-tip to BBC.