Farhad Moshiri

PHOTOS: Everton unveil plans for glittering waterfront stadium

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Everton unveiled on Thursday the club’s latest plans and vision for a brand new 52,000-seat, $620-million stadium at the Bramley-Moore Dock site on the banks of the River Mersey in north Liverpool.

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The stadium’s north and south stands have been designed to easily accommodate the return of safe-standing, should it be deemed legal by safety officials in the UK in the coming years. The south stand will house 13,000 Toffees fans, and all stands “will be as close to the action as regulations permit.”

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Everton did not reveal a proposed timetable for when stadium construction might begin, let alone when it might be completed. The Guardian is reporting that the 2023-24 season is the current target date. The club is yet to submit a pair of applications — a detailed application for Bramley-Moore Dock and an outline application for Goodison Park — to UK officials, but they expect to do so before the end of 2019.

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From the club’s official release:

“The concepts show a stunning brick, steel and glass design which takes its inspiration from the historic maritime and warehouse buildings nearby. The structure combines the historic and the modern, with the brick base of the stadium incorporating a subtle nod to Goodison Park’s famous Archibald Leitch lattice work while the dynamic roof structure made from steel and glass gives the stadium a modern finish.”

“The Club also used the event to reveal its plans for the redevelopment of Goodison Park to create a range of community assets such as homes, health, education and enterprise amenities as well as the introduction of public space which will include a lasting tribute to the Club’s current home of 127 years.”

Silva confident of Moshiri’s backing with young Everton squad

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Farhad Moshiri spent more than six month chasing Marco Silva before he was named Everton boss last summer, therefore the Portuguese manager must surely be safe despite his side’s recent rough patch of results… right? Right?

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Sure, the Toffees have won just three of their last 12 games in the Premier League — plus an exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Championship side Millwall — but Moshiri, Everton’s ambitious billionaire owner, isn’t about to fire his fourth manager in 32 months’ time… is he? Is he?

For what it’s worth, Silva believes he has Moshiri’s long-term backing after the braintrust made the decision to prioritize the development and integration of young players — many of whom have come through the club’s youth academy — last summer. Silva insists that he and Moshiri have a good working relationship built upon constant communication and the exchange of ideas — quotes from the Guardian:

“When we have the possibility to meet we do. When not, we speak on the phone. I know what his feelings are. I know what is our project also when he spoke about the situation with the young players. We decided at the beginning of the season that some of them would be part of our squad.”

“You cannot achieve your goal with just young players. We have to see them growing in a stable, mature squad. I believe in our squad, I believe in what we are doing and I believe in our young players also. We took one decision at the start of the season and in the January market also. We didn’t go in the market because we took a decision and now is not the moment to go in a different way.

“Everyone thinks about Everton spending a lot of money, but if you look at last season you can see how different it is to this season. The club spent more than double last season (compared to this season) and in the January market signed two new players. This season we did it differently. We took a decision as a football club, and the manager is always involved. We took it together and we are together in this project. Football will always be about the results because if you are winning and taking good results, you are not asking me about the young players.”

While there’s no reason to believe anything Silva said in the above quotes is anything but 100 percent true, he does come off as a bit defensive in the end. Unfortunately for Silva, his side still must face each of the top-six sides — Manchester City (Wednesday, Watch live, 3 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com), Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur — over their final 13 games of the season.

Moshiri increases Everton stake, plans more by the summer

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Farhad Moshiri has been the leading shareholder of Everton since he purchased 49.9 of the Premier League club’s shares in February 2016.

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The Iranian businessman has invested heavily in the first-team squad (more than $400 million on transfers over five windows) while forging full-speed ahead to build a new $385-million stadium on the Mersey riverfront. In short, he has done everything he promised 31 months ago — everything that the majority of new owners promise upon takeover, but oftentimes fail to do.

Thus, it comes as little surprise that Moshiri jumped at the chance to snap up an additional 18.7 percent of the shareholding, bringing his total to 68.6 percent. In an official statement, the club revealed that Moshiri “is expected to increase to 77.2 percent no later than July 2019.”

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The only — but key — piece of the puzzle missing during Moshiri’s time in charge of the league is, of course, a trophy. Having finished seventh and eighth in the two full seasons since he bought the club, the Toffees continue to be just as consistent — but, ultimately inconsequential — as they have been for the last dozen years.

Everton: Moshiri promises new stadium, big backing for Koeman

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Farhad Moshiri talks a really, really good game, which is good if he backs it up with lots and lots of action (and, in this case, money).

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Ever since rumors swirled last month that the Iranian billionaire was scouting Merseyside land upon which to build a brand new stadium, Moshiri has been alarmingly forthright about his intentions to do just that.

Speaking to TalkSport radio in the UK this week, Moshiri outlined the club’s current financial situation, which he says is in pristine condition thanks to his clearing of the debts, and the absolute power he’s afforded Toffees manager Ronaldo Koeman — quotes from the Guardian:

“We have no restrictions to spend. The manager is totally committed and ruthless; if a player is not up to it he uses another player and eventually he buys one. There are no sentimental issues there. The manager will strengthen the team in the areas he feels necessary. Koeman is Koeman: he does what he wants and I support him.

“I think the job of an owner and chairman is simply to hire and fire the manager, the rest is down to him. Once we hire a manager we back him. He has the personality, aura and ability and we trust him. In Everton’s culture the manager is the most important individual.”

“For our club to compete in the northwest of England, which is the new Hollywood of football with Guardiola, Mourinho, Klopp, we needed a star to stand on the touchline, so I got Koeman.

“We needed a strong balance sheet so I paid off the debts. We are now very flexible financially. We need a big stadium, no question about it. We have done the hard bit because the club was restricted to move or expand Goodison by banking covenants, but I have paid the debts so we are free to do what we want and we have the finances to do it.

“The club has taken something from the fans and in our minds we know where to go and we are committed. I can reassure them they will have a stadium which rewards their loyalty and passionate support for our club. This is my key aim.”

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We’ll be stealing, and using, “the Hollywood of football” quite regularly from now on.

Report: Everton owner Moshiri visiting sites for potential new stadium

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Goodison Park is very, very old — there’s no two ways about it.

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Everton’s longtime home ground opened in 1892, making it the fourth-oldest stadium in the Premier League this season. (Only Stamford Bridge, Turf Moor and Anfield opened prior to Goodison Park.) As such, Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s new majority shareholder, has made a new stadium a top priority as he attempts to increase Everton’s financial foothold and take the club to the next level.

According to exclusive photos made public by the Liverpool Echo, Moshiri, alongside Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson and a number of high-ranking club executives, spent time visiting prospective sites — along the banks of the River Mersey — upon which they may one day build a brand new stadium.

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American architect Dan Meis was also said to be among the traveling party. Meis has reportedly been counseling the Toffees as they navigate the complicated stadium-building process.

With a capacity of just under 40,000 — and without the allure of living in London — it’s hard to imagine Everton achieving much more than they’ve done over the last decade, having established themselves a top-half Premier League side, but ultimately failing to break into the elite group of mega-clubs at the top of the table. With the increased revenue of a 50,000- or 60,000-seat stadium, on par with the recent expansion at Anfield, the gap could close that much further.