With Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri capturing a 49.9% stake in Everton Football Club recently, what lies in store at Goodison Park? Chairman Bill Kenwright is adamant that he has found the ‘perfect partner’ to carry the club forward and supporters will be hoping their side will establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with over the coming seasons.
Despite Moshiri not acquiring full control at The Blues, he now has the largest share at the club and he can therefore be seen as the figurehead of Everton’s off field activity. However, Kenwright and the remainder of the shareholders still have the power to overrule any unpopular propositions that could potentially be made from the Iranian. This could prove to be a wise move as all parties will aim to collaborate to propel the club to the next level.
In terms of the near future, the newly inherited embankment of funds could bolster Roberto Martinez’s transfer budget. The Toffees currently lie comfortably in mid-table and on course to finish in a similar position to last season’s 11th place. However, this will be seen as a disappointment on Merseyside after a 5th placed finish was achieved during the 2013/14 season.
Supporters will now be dreaming of a similar campaign next term and maybe Champions League football could be a realistic ambition. We all know that money talks in this game and providing it is invested efficiently, could Everton be the next side to attract world class players? Manchester City are a prime example of what driven owners can do in football, evolving from a mediocre Premier League side to a powerhouse in world football.
With the top flight of English football now being a more level playing field, or arguably at the lowest standard we have seen for years, this could be the perfect opportunity for The Toffees to enjoy the sweet life. Of course, as with every takeover, people may look at the Moshiri deal with a bit of wariness but it looks to be exciting times that lay ahead.
Everton are a huge football club and they have spent a record 112 seasons in the top division of English football. Subsequently, their reputation has grown throughout their existence and they are a side draped in history and achievement. With 9 league titles to their name and 5 FA Cup triumphs, they are one of the Country’s most successful clubs. Their last piece of major silverware was won in 1995, however, but the Evertonians will be optimistic of a prosperous future.
The Toffees have been notoriously stubborn when it comes to transfer dealings, fending off interest from ‘bigger’ clubs for their star players. Keeping the likes of John Stones, Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley despite teams circling like vultures stands Everton in good stead. Now, Everton may be one of the stronger clubs financially and this should allow them to build a squad around the likes of the aforementioned players.
I’m sure that the initial plan for Moshiri would be to consistently see Everton competing in European competition. They featured in the Europa League this season and they’ll be looking to make that a regular occurrence. That will of course generate more revenue and add to their wealth again. Who knows, maybe The Blues can boast a team full of stars in the not so distant future?