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More than 36,000 fans enjoyed our best performance of the season on Saturday and I’m sure word will spread.
One of the team here said it was the first time he’d seen the famous ‘Goodison 12th Man’ for a while.
We heard and saw that ‘12th Man’ for the whole of the second half, bringing back the great memories of last season.
However - and maybe you wouldn’t have known it from the noise levels in the second 45 minutes - as predicted, it turned out to be our lowest home gate for a Manchester United game for some time.
Last week’s thoughts on pricing and ticketing sparked plenty of interest and there has been a mix of constructive feedback. We have already met to discuss this and we’ve started to analyse the views and opinions we received.
There’s been a wide range of ideas and thoughts – from the stadium move, to team performance, to junior pricing, ticketing policy and ticket sales points. As I said, we are listening and we will learn.
A few people have commended the Club for opening dialogue; a few have said it was brave, but to me and the team, it’s so important we take on board fan opinion and respond.
Of course, the key is how we respond. And before looking at those areas it’s worth pointing out that, of course, we can’t tell the manager who to sign or who to play. That’s not going to change.
Our position on Kirkby is clear too – we will throw everything we have at the Public Inquiry because Kirkby represents the only opportunity, and a great opportunity, to progress the Club. That’s not changing either.
In addition, like it or not, we have to make money to be successful and, as I said last week, we have 40,000 seats to sell 19 times per season.
What we can do - and what we must do - is look at ideas like city centre sales points, extending our ‘Txt2ticket’ service and maybe even look at our Box Office opening hours. We’ve already picked up on points like ‘why could I only buy one ticket when I rang on such and such a day’. And, I think we need to take on board the willingness from all our fans to allow us to make offers to increase the number of young Evertonians in the stadium. To that end, our Half Season Ticket offer is the next initiative to have a good offer for junior Blues.
We need to take these points on board soon. We’ve a big challenge for Saturday – Fulham, live on TV and with pockets being stretched as ‘downturn’ bites and Christmas approaches. What we definitely need is for everyone to be positive and united. Recommendations from our most loyal fans – our season ticket holders, members and our supporters clubs - will fill the stadium better than anything.
Finally, many of you will have read this week that Tottenham Hotspur could face a bill of up to £20million for sacking Juande Ramos after just 12 months in charge. That figure reportedly includes the cost of removing all the Spaniard’s back room staff and bringing in others to support the new man at the helm, Harry Redknapp. On top of that Tottenham will be expected to provide Redknapp with a transfer budget in January to help him make the squad his own and bring the success the supporters at White Hart Lane crave.
Of course, Tottenham have their reasons for the change, and it is not for me to comment on decisions made by other clubs, but it made me think about our strategy here at Everton since the appointment of David Moyes in 2002. That strategy has been to give our full backing to the manager and to keep a level of consistency across the board. The rewards for doing so have been obvious for all to see.
For a start we’ve played in Europe in three out of the past four seasons and the aim at the beginning of this campaign was to better the fantastic journey we enjoyed last time out. Expectations are just as high from us all involved with the Club and we hope to be involved come the end of the season.
There has also been a massive improvement in the quality of player we have been able to bring to Goodison - and we believe that is because we have given David time and money to mould the squad as he sees fit.
This all bodes well for the future and with David tied down for another five years I am confident Everton’s progression will continue both on the field which will only help to serve us off it starting with three points at Bolton and then another three against Fulham.
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