So much for a quiet weekend…
Even without a match to watch, it turned out to be a potentially momentous weekend for Everton Football Club.
Of course, we are only beginning to find out about the billionaire who has bought into the Club, but the initial perspective has to be positive and it allows Evertonians to begin to imagine what the next level may look like.
The team assembled under the manager has the potential to be the best we have had for a long, long time. We have strength across the pitch and players who are rightly admired and coveted by other clubs.
Naturally, there is concern that if we would fail to achieve European football at the end of the season, some of those young heads could be turned.
But for any Everton player now, the potential undoubtedly exists here at Goodison to move up to the next level and to be a part of something which could be immensely special.
We have the potential also to add to our pool of talented players and attract other players whom we, as fans, would wish to see wearing the Royal Blue. And, in the politest possible way, it may not just be Chelsea that we can tell to ‘do one’ in the future.
A big positive for me is that Farhad Moshiri has been involved in the Premier League with Arsenal. He will also benefit from being able to work with the current Board members who have worked hard to ensure the present stability of the Club.
There will be no need to come in, rip things up and start again. The foundations in place are strong and the Club is geared up to move forward and challenge at the highest level in the Premier League. This is why I have been assured by the way this deal appears to be panning out.
We are getting additional investment into a stable base. The work that the Chairman has done over the years to create such a sound financial footing will allow for a suitable transition period and great potential growth to come to fruition.
Football, and supporting Everton in particular, is a game of opinions and this is just my initial view on an exciting situation.
Both myself and colleagues on the Fans’ Forum have been allowed to operate in a listening environment, contributing at the heart of key decisions that affect our fan base, and there is a clear desire on the part of the Club to take on board the views of supporters. I genuinely believe this is an exciting time for the Club.
Hopefully, this is that new beginning. Certainly, it felt a lot better waking up on Monday morning to the fact that the Club will have a billionaire on the Board imminently - and somebody else didn't win their fourth trophy in a row on penalties.
For fans who wish to know more about the work of the Forum, we will be holding a Fans' Forum Presents evening on 15 March
to discuss a number of projects, as well as having the company of a couple of legends in Joe Royle and Ian Snodin. You can also get in contact and raise any issues with any of the Forum members by clicking here