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Everton manager Roberto Martinez and Chief Executive Officer Robert Elstone gave presentations as the Club held a General Meeting at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall on Tuesday.

The pair were joined at the top table by chairman Bill Kenwright, deputy chairman Jon Woods, director and life president Sir Philip Carter and deputy CEO Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale as shareholders were given the opportunity to ask questions.

Elstone presented Everton's latest Annual Report and Accounts before revealing the Club is focusing attention on one potential site for a proposed new 50,000 capacity stadium.  

Martinez then outlined the "changing philosophy" on the field at Goodison Park, using statistics from the 2013/14 season to illustrate how he has helped take the Club to the brink of a return to European competition in his first campaign in charge while introducing a more football-focused playing style.

The evening began with a unanimous vote approving the reinstatement of General Meetings as an annual event.

A video then highlighted some of the Club's achievements over the 10 months since the last general meeting of shareholders, before Elstone gave an in-depth review of the 2012/13 Statement of Accounts. He outlined a commitment to continue investing in the first-team squad, while also providing a projection for continued commercial growth for the 2013/14 campaign. He later spoke of an ongoing drive to bring younger fans into Goodison Park and to continue to make match days at the stadium as affordable as possible.

Following the CEO's presentation, Martinez explained how he believes a return to continental competition is the next key step in taking the Club forward. The Blues require just a single point from their final two Premier League games to guarantee a top-six finish and a place in next season's Europa League, while Champions League qualification also remains a possibility.

The evening concluded with a brief question and answer session from the floor.

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