FANS WILL HAVE THEIR SAY ON ANY MOVE
Bill Kenwright confirmed at Monday night's 127th Everton AGM that the club's fans would have the opportunity to vote on any proposed move away from Goodison Park.
The meeting was informed of an exclusivity deal with Tesco and Knowsley Council to explore the possibility of developing a new ground in Kirkby.
Chairman Kenwright revealed that, in financial terms, a move away from the club's Goodison home now seems inevitable.
But he insisted that a decision on any potential move would not be made until a poll of fans' opinion.
He told the AGM: "I don't want to the guy to take Everton away from Goodison Park and yes, it is a big, emotive subject. But we have signed an exclusive agreement (to look at this proposal).
"I have checked everything to do with it for my own sake and this is not a done deal, it is an option. I would stay here at Goodison forever but I am afraid it is not an option for the finances of the club and the future of this club.
"This exclusivity period is a period of time. At this moment it is just a possibility. We have always said that when we have what we feel is the best plan going forward we will go to the fans. Keith Wyness intends to keep his word on that."
The meeting was informed that the exclusivity period to analyse the proposed plan for a stadium in Kirkby would be between four and five months.
No other stadium development plan can be considered in that time.
Kenwright added: "We will keep everybody informed because it is your club."