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    EVERTON is in talks with £2bn property giant Peel Holdings to build a new stadium at Switch Island.


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    The company, one of the biggest developers in the UK, is offering the land it owns at Netherton.

    Peel, led by multi-millioniare recluse John Whittaker, will provide a feasibility study into building the ground.

    The news is a massive step for the club.

    Peel Holdings has a record of pulling off major developments around the country.

    It owns Liverpool John Lennon airport, Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, the Manchester Ship Canal and the Trafford Centre.

    A senior Everton source said the study is entirely at Peel's expense and would not cost the club a penny.

    A City source close to the talks told the ECHO today: "The plan is for Peel to build a new stadium for Everton to gradually acquire it on a lease scheme.

    "Over the medium term the plan would be a win-win for both parties."

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    KNOWSLEY council has offered Everton FC three prime development sites on which to build a new stadium.

    Executives at the local authority are involved in a sustained attempt to tempt the club out of Liverpool to the Kirkby area.

    Kirkby's municipal golf course is one of the sites the club have been offered, along with nearby land next to Kirkby sports centre on Valley Road, both close to motorway access from the M57.

    It is believed Knowsley would provide the land needed either free or at a much reduced rate, so keen are they to attract a prestige deal which would prove a massive boost to the area's economy and reputation.

    Cheap land and the possibility of the council accessing regeneration grants for work in and around the new stadium will be a major inducement for Everton, with the financing of the project still a major hurdle for the club to overcome.

    Last night, a spokesman for Everton confirmed: "There are talks ongoing. We have a number of options." It is believed the former Cronton Colliery had also been put forward initially, but was dismissed.

    The club is now considering using that plot for a new training academy for coaches, if it can secure the finances once their stadium plans have been finalised.

    The Everton board has been approached with a number of sites since the collapse of the Kings Dock project in February, 2003.

    Other options include land at Switch Island and a site in Speke.

    A spokeswoman for Knowsley council said: "The council understands Kirkby is one of a number of options being considered by Everton FC at this stage."

    Liverpool Council is keen to ensure the club stays in the city and officials are sure to be busy working behind the scenes to try to match any deals offered by its neighbouring local authority.

    The club has still not officially committed itself to leaving Goodison Park, its home since 1892, but will make a formal announcement this summer.

    Officials insist it is still considering plans for redeveloping the current ground or ground-sharing with Liverpool FC, although these are both now highly unlikely options.

    Late last year, chief executive Keith Wyness was in talks with financial experts about funding a 50,000-capacity stadium costing around £125m.

    Everton's financial position has improved in the past 12 months, giving Mr Wyness renewed confidence that a new stadium is again a valid option.

    In November, Everton announced the best financial results in the club's 127-year history. Turnover rose by 34% from £44.7m last year to £60m.

    Everton secured a place in the Deloitte and Touche top 20 world club rich-list for the first time, and finishing fourth in the Premiership brought a greater slice of prize money, with greater revenue from live televised games.

    Profit after player trading showed a turnaround of £38.9m, from a loss of £15.4m to a profit of £23.5m.

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    It wouldn't bother me if they moved to Kirkby in fact an out of town venue might be better for us all because maybe they could use it for large concerts and not have to worry about local residents and noise pollution.Kirkby golf course was previously considered as an option years ago in the dark days under Peter Johnson so there's nothing new there,I just wish both clubs would sort themselves out because we are both giants of the game and because Merseyside deserves two big stadiums so let's hope they both stop dragging their heels and get a move on.

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    COUNCIL leader Warren Bradley today vowed to "fight tooth and nail" to stop Everton FC leaving Liverpool. more
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    A MULTI-MILLION pound plan to build a new Everton FC stadium in Kirkby is revealed today. more
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    EVERTON'S proposed move to a new stadium in Kirkby would be part of a development costing £250m, a confidential report leaked to the Daily Post reveals. more
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    LIVERPOOL council's newly-appointed chief executive will not mount a legal challenge over rival borough Knowsley's bid to attract Everton FC. more
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    I was made up to see that Everton have started work on their new academy the other day,Keith Wyness seems to have the club progressing in the right direction now.

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    EVERTON FC have been offered two sites in Liverpool for their new stadium.

    Council leaders have suggested locations in the north and south of the city.

    One is close to the Mersey retail park in Speke, while the other is a brownfield site north of Goodison Park - but its exact position is a closely-guarded secret because it is commercially sensitive.

    But the ECHO understands that an alternative proposal to move Everton to Kirkby is still the firm front-runner.

    Club officials have also not discounted the possibility of sharing a stadium with neighbours Liverpool FC if the Reds' plan to build a new ground on Stanley Park falls through.

    A spokesman for Everton said the club was keeping all its options open and had still not decided if it would definitely leave its historic home at Goodison.

    Council leader Warren Bradley, an Everton season-ticket holder, is desperately keen to keep the Toffees inside the city boundaries.

    He said: "We have discussed two sites, whichwe have done some early analysis on and put forward to Everton's chief executive Keith Wyness.

    "He has agreed to look at those suggestions, but the club is still talking with Knowsley council and has not made adecision one wayorthe other yet."

    If Everton leaves Liverpool, the city would lose the prestige of being home to two top-flight football clubs and the massive financial benefits that tens of thousands of fans bring each matchday.

    But Liverpool council will have to go some way to equal the very attractive package put together by Knowsley.

    A 55,000-seater stadium in Kirkby would be partofa massive multi-million pound development to the south of the town centre, including a new Tesco, high street shops, a hotel and car park.

    The involvement of cash-rich Tesco - whose chief executive Sir Terry Leahy is an Evertonian and an advisor to the Blues board - puts it way ahead of other suggested sites. It would also have excellent transport links to the M57 and Merseyrail network, and is only four miles from Goodison.

    The Kirkby plan was met with a mixed reaction from supporters.

    But its advocates have been quick to mention the town's high-profile link with the club - Everton's Z-Cars theme tune was taken from the Kirkby-based TV series - as well as the huge regeneration benefits the stadium project would bring.

    A spokesman for Knowsley council said: "Kirkby is a vibrant community which would benefit immensely, both economically and culturally, from this type of development.

    "But we must stress at this stage it is onlyone of a number of sites being considered and we are still in the early stages of discussion with Tesco."

    Fans today said they would like more information about the options.

    John Munro, from Everton's Southport Supporters Club, said: "Staying in Liverpool would be my first priority because we werethe city's first football club and should not have to leave.

    "But from a selfish point of view, Kirkby is closer to Southport and its transport links are good.

    "It would help the situation if we could see some plans or models of what is being proposed. Maybe then fans would be more comfortable about moving."

    Another possibility is multi-million pound developer Peel Holdings' stadium project, earmarked for greenbelt land in Melling, near Switch Island.

    An Everton spokesman said: "We still have three options open to us - staying at Goodison, sharing with Liverpool or a stand-alone stadium.

    "We are still considering those options."

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    Pros and cons of potential new homes for Everton

    KIRKBY TOWN CENTRE

    PROS:
    Comfortably the most viable option at the moment. Knowsley council has found a site just south of the existing town centre, and megabucks Tesco, with Evertonian Sir Terry Leahy at the helm, is involved - so the club would not need to worry too much about the cost. Just three miles from Goodison as the crow flies. Close to the M57 and walking distance from Kirkby station.

    CONS: It's Kirkby. Many supporters cannot bear the thought of moving outside the city boundaries.

    REBUILDING GOODISON PARK

    PROS: The club's spiritual home. The Old Lady has been home to Everton's biggest triumphs and greatest escapes, and no other ground has a history quite like it. Good bus and train links, plenty of parking in surrounding streets, and lots of fans walk to the ground. Shops in County Road and Rice Lane depend on match-day revenue.

    CONS: No space. Goodison is surrounded by a road, rows of terraces and a primary school. Rebuilding would be a major logistical problem - the ground might even have to be rotated.

    SPEKE/NORTH LIVERPOOL


    PROS: Still in Liverpool, appeasing those fans who can't stomach a move outside the city. The Speke option has good transport links, plenty of space to build, and existing retail developments close by. Meanwhile, staying in north Liverpool would be convenient to many existing fans who walk to the ground, and the area would not lose the financial benefits of a Premiership club.

    CONS: These plans are little more than suggestions right now. There is no mention of how they would be paid for or how much they would cost.

    SWITCH ISLAND

    PROS:
    Lots of room right next to the M57 for shops and parking, as well as a big stadium. Peel Holdings, which built the Trafford Centre and redeveloped Liverpool airport, is behind the plan.

    CONS:
    Where do you start? The site is green belt land, so a lengthy public inquiry is a near certainty, potentially causing years of delays. Residents in nearby Melling do not want it.

    Reds ground could be key to future


    EVERTON'S future will not be decided until neighbours Liverpool resolve the deadlock over their own stadium plans.

    The Reds are still desperately keen to build a £190m, 60,000-seater ground at Stanley Park, next to Anfield.

    But the proposal is riddled with doubt over whether the club can afford its share of the long-awaited development.

    Later this month, a final decision is expected on a £9m European grant, earmarked for improvements around the new stadium.

    Officials have been waiting for months for Liverpool to provide a cast-iron guarantee that it can afford its ground proposals.

    They have now set a final deadline of late September - or the money will go elsewhere.

    Without cash to pay for the regeneration of the area around Stanley Park, it would be difficult for the Reds to persuade the council to allow it to press ahead with the ground alone.

    Everton, meanwhile, are holding back a decision on whether to build a new home until they know for certain that a controversial ground-share is not an option. That should become clear in the next few weeks.
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    I think I'd prefer to see Everton stay within the city boundaries now so I hope the council can put together a really attractive package,let's hope Liverpool now sort their problems out so we can all finally move on.

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    The old 'Festival Garden' Site might be a good place....Could even Build a couple of nice 40/50 Storey Towers too !!!...The present owners don't seem to be doing much !!!

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    I like to see then stay in the north end if possible it just feels right.

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    I'd like to see a shared stadia ... 'The Mersey Stadium' on Stanley park. The history of both teams from the very beginnings are intertwined like no other Football clubs. Unique.

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    They can't move Goodison,many a persons last wishes have been to have their ashes scatterd on Goodisons sacred ground,my father for 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gillian View Post
    They can't move Goodison,many a persons last wishes have been to have their ashes scatterd on Goodisons sacred ground,my father for 1.
    Matters have to move on - emotion and nostaligia can be retrograde. Everton and Liverpool need top quality stadia with excellent access and facilities. Without these they will decline. The outdated Goodison Park has kept Everton back, from being a top club to now a 2nd tier club. I'm sure your Dad would not have wanted that.
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    The Planet Hollywood owners and founder Robert Earl has bought 25% of EFC. He is into entertainment

    - casinos, restaurants, etc, and wants to bring this to EFCs new stadium - when they get a site and build one. He wants top stars to visit EFC to raise the

    image. Silvester Stillone is to visit soon.

    Now this makes me think that he may want a prime site in Liverpool, not Kirkby for the entertainment

    aspect of the stadium. Does this mean they may go for Central Docks?

    I hope not.
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    Talking Blues talk to Celtic's stadium builder.

    EVERTON officials are talking with one of the country's top stadium builders over plans for a new home in

    Kirkby.

    The club has spoken to Barr, the developers behind Celtic's acclaimed Parkhead stadium and St Mary's in Southampton, as they prepare to

    decide on whether to quit Goodison.

    The Ayrshire-based firm is now working on ideas if Everton leave the city after 114 years.

    The club was

    today tight-lipped, insisting the scheme was at the very earliest stage.

    A spokesman said: "We are still studying several

    options."

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    The Ayrshire-based firm is now working on ideas if Everton leave the city after 114 years.
    Seriously it's time for

    all of this nonsense to stop.

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    Blues sign Tesco deal

    EVERTON Football Club have signed an exclusive deal towards the building of a new stadium in Kirkby.

    TheBlues have agreed that the move four miles from Goodison is now their preferred option, and have reached formal agreement with Knowsley council and Tesco to start the project.

    The news of the deal will be formally announced to shareholders tonight at the club's AGM at Goodison Park, the Blues home for 114 years.

    If the scheme goes ahead it would not only provide Everton with a world-class venue but would also mean a multi-million pound regeneration of Kirkby.

    It is hoped the three-way partnership with Tesco and Knowsley will keep costs of building the venue to an absolute minimum.


    However, the club, which has made no comment on today's agreement, will tonight emphasis the fact that no final decision on moving has been taken.


    Above all, the Blues will stress their supporters will be fully involved during negotiation and discussion, and well before any final decision to quit Goodison.


    Although the project is only in its infancy, if it was to be adopted and completed, the centrepiece would be a state-of-the-art stadium for the Blues, a world-class venue which would hold at least 50,000 people.

    Though they would ideally have preferred to have remained within the Liverpool city boundary, it is believed the as-yet undisclosed potential stadium site stands less than four miles from Goodison as the crow flies.

    Despite recent talk of a move to Kirkby, Everton have always maintained there were three options open - a new, stand-alone stadium, a shared stadium with Liverpool FC, or the rebuilding of Goodison.

    With Liverpool now close to concluding a huge investment deal with Dubai and the cost of regenerating Goodison believed to be prohibitively high, Blues chairman Bill Kenwright and his fellow directors are thought to have opted for a move away from the club's much-loved home.

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    EVERTON Football Club have signed an exclusive deal towards the building of a new stadium in Kirkby.

    The Blues have agreed that the move four miles from Goodison is now their preferred option, and have reached formal agreement with Knowsley council and Tesco to start the project.
    Then...

    However, the club, which has made no comment on today's agreement, will tonight emphasis the fact that no final decision on moving has been taken.
    Either they have or they haven't.

    With Liverpool now close to concluding a huge investment deal with Dubai and the cost of regenerating Goodison believed to be prohibitively high, Blues chairman Bill Kenwright and his fellow directors are thought to have opted for a move away from the club's much-loved home.
    The club has had only ever considered two options, move or share, building GP was always out of the question.

    I wonder what the Arabs will want with LFC. They will not want a half-cocked effort as the LFC design is. Would they still want to be in the same district?

    Would this encourage the Arabs to invest in the city of Liverpool? New tower proposed, etc. Invest In Wirral Waters? Never know.
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    Either they have or they haven't.
    I think why they're being cagey is because they want it to put it to the fans first,if you look back in the thread a bit you'll see that they are going to release shiny new renders soon of the new stadium to get the fans on board.They've clearly made their minds up they are now hoping to get the majority of the fans to support the plans,if the money's there to build it then it'll happen I reckon.The AGM is tonight so tomorrows Echo should be full of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul D View Post
    I think why they're being cagey is because they want it to put it to the fans first,if you look back in the thread a bit you'll see that they are going to release shiny new renders soon of the new stadium to get the fans on board.They've clearly made their minds up they are now hoping to get the majority of the fans to support the plans,if the money's there to build it then it'll happen I reckon.The AGM is tonight so tomorrows Echo should be full of it.
    Another silly vote? LFC never. EFC have had two overwhelming votes so far, so that should tell them the fans are for it. A waste of time. They should get on with the job instead of dithering.
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    I think it'll happen John and I agree if it come to that it would be a waste of time i'm not sure whether we'd need another vote? We should know more tomorrow I hope?

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    Dubai takeover 'will only work if Liverpool share stadium'
    By DANIEL KING - Daily Mail

    Last updated at 23:11pm on 9th December 2006

    Liverpool's potential new owners will be able to make a decent return on their £450 million investment only if they revisit proposals for a groundshare with arch-rivals Everton, according to a leading football finance expert.

    Last night insiders at both clubs dismissed the idea, but Professor Tom Cannon, dean of the University of Buckingham, insists the controversial move is the only way Dubai International Capital could make the deal work.

    Although Cannon rates the chances of the Dubai takeover going through as high, he believes that DIC could still walk away if they cannot see a way of significantly increasing profits.

    DIC are the private equity arm of the Dubai state, whose leader is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashin Al Maktoum, reputedly the fifth richest man in the world.

    A groundshare would meet with huge opposition from both sides of the Merseyside divide.

    Everton were once keen on the long-mooted idea, but they are now further down the road with plans to move to Kirby than Liverpool are with proposals for a new stadium in Stanley Park and would not want to feel beholden to their rivals or their new owners.

    But government and development agencies have always made it clear they would give increased political and financial backing to a shared stadium.

    Cannon said: "When DIC have invested in other businesses, they have been looking for a return of about 10 per cent per year on their money.

    "In the last three years, Liverpool have averaged a profit of £1m-£2m. Even if DIC are looking to increase the profits to £20m, the only way I can see them doing it is by building a shared stadium. A hotel and other facilities would bring in a certain amount of money with one team, but with two they could make a lot more money."

    But Professor Cannon has joined other experts in warning that the Sheikh will not be matching the Chelsea transfer spree funded by Roman Abramovich.

    Cannon said: "I'm told that the Sheikh is far from impressed with the publicity surrounding the bid and the suggestion he is the new Abramovich.

    "DIC are an investment company and they will not be looking at Liverpool out of sentiment or just as a way of raising the country’s profile. You could buy an awful lot of advertising for £450m."

    If the DIC deal does not go through, American multi-millionaire George Gillett jnr could return with an improved bid.
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    Hmmmm.. What would Liverpool rather have, the Premiership title or to have to share a stadium. It would seem to me that the significant investment that would enable the Reds to become once more the supreme force in English soccer might make a swallowing of pride over sharing a ground worthwhile.

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    Take no notice of Tom Cannon he always makes ludicrous claims there will be no shared stadium.The fact that both clubs have already dismissed this proves he's talking crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul D View Post
    Take no notice of Tom Cannon he always makes ludicrous claims there will be no shared stadium.

    It'd be a grand future if there was though aye ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Hmmmm.. What would Liverpool rather have, the Premiership title or to have to share a stadium. It would seem to me that the significant investment that would enable the Reds to become once more the supreme force in English soccer might make a swallowing of pride over sharing a ground worthwhile.

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    When Everton first played on Stanley Park it was outside the city boundary.
    When Everton first played at Priory Road it was outside the city boundary.
    When Everton first played at Anfield it was outside the city boundary.
    When Everton first played at Goodison Park it was outside the city boundary.
    When Everton play in Kirkby it will be outside the city boundary.

    Knowsley is an artificial council rimming Liverpool and should be incorporated into Liverpool. This came about as Liverpool Council refused to incorporate Kirkby and Halewood in the city as the Boundaries Commission suggested. Kirkby is in all intents a part of Liverpool, as is Bootle, Birkenhead, Wallasey, etc. There is talk of extending Liverpool to incorporate Knowsley and parts of Sefton.

    The city always followed Everton.

    The protracted stadium move over now 10 years has eaten at the club - this results from poor club management. From the biggest in the UK to second tier. There are no Arabs waiting with pot of gold ready to save Everton - Everton have a poor image. If EFC stay at Goodison Park, be prepared for Championship football.

    Roll on Kirby. The sooner the move in the better.

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    do you wanna resize the map water lad?

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