The Everton Shareholders Association have recently released the minutes from their meeting late last year with Everton CEO Robert Elstone and Director of Communications Alan Myers.
High on the agenda was the imminent release of the Club accounts as well as the progress on both the 2014 General Meeting and an update on the stadium issue.
With regards to the long standing stadium issue Elstone advised that “high level planning continues with up to one and a half days per week of his time being spent on this.” Elstone also advised the SA that the Club and Liverpool City Council were at such an advanced stage that “the work is sufficiently progressed that if funding was available the Club could move very quickly.”
Since the decision by central government to reject the Destination Kirkby project which would have seen Everton move from spiritual home, Goodison Park to a stadium that was poorly planned and unfit for purpose, the Club have struggled to make any headway on the stadium front. With moves mooted and subsequently rejected to other locations in the City including Edge Lane, Speke and Stonebridge Cross, the Club have consistently come up short even with ill-fated projects such as the Park End development.
For many Evertonians on the subject of the stadium, talk is cheap. The Club have felt the full gravity of ex-CEO Keith Wyness’ assertion that “There is no Plan B” when talking about the possibility of the Destination Kirkby project falling through. Until Elstone and the board actually deliver plans and proposals regarding the redevelopment of Goodison or relocation to a new stadium a lot of Evertonians will take this kind of “news” with a pinch of salt.
The rest of the minutes from the meeting can be found here: http://www.efcsa.org/2014/01/14/meeting-with-ceo-and-communications-director-on-13122013/