London - Everton
are determined to reestablish themselves as one of English football's
top clubs with plans of major investment and a new stadium.
Speaking at a general meeting after acquiring a 49.9% stake
in the club, Farhad Moshiri said that he will do everything in his power
to make the Toffees more competitive in the Premier League.
He told the audience at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall: "The gold standard is Premier League position.
"That's where Everton's competitive edge will be measured. We have a
window to establish ourselves and we will do everything we can.
"Bill (Kenwright) and the past managers kept the club close to the elite.
"Now we need to look at sustainability. We need a sustainable base to
be among the elite. It takes time but we are committed, that's why we
While club Chief executive Robert Elstone spoke positively of the
club's plans for a new stadium, it was the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe
Anderson, who hinted that one possible site for the new stadium could be
the waterfront at Bramley Moore Dock.
He said: "On Friday we announced £20m being spent on a road connecting into the dock site."
Elstone added: "Around about the end of April we will be announcing
£6m investment that goes directly into the site we are looking at.
"Before we can move forward we need to find the answers to the
uncertainties, work through the unknowns and, ultimately, present the
answers that will allow the board to make the right decisions for the
"The next few months will be critical.....it's an exciting project
that could cement the club's future and make a significant contribution
to the City."
Everton next welcome Leicester City in a 3rd-round FA Cup tie to a Goodison Park Stadium that stands as one of the most traditional venues in the English Premiership and is bedded within Merseyside.
Kick off is at 17:00.