Chairman Promises 'Great' Goodison Park Legacy

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright is promising the Club will leave a “great, great legacy” when they relocate from Goodison Park to a proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

Mr Kenwright credited Chief Executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale’s vision in regenerating the area surrounding the Club’s 126-year-old home.

Everton’s official charity, Everton in the Community [EitC], officially opened The Blue Base – a function centre for vulnerable and disabled fans – in September last year, expanding a footprint which already included Everton Free School, The People’s Hub and five houses on Goodison Road, which house EitC’s discreet programmes.

In August last year the Club announced plans to raise funds for The People’s Place, a permanent mental health facility located in the shadow of Goodison Park.

Talking at Everton’s General Meeting, Mr Kenwright said: “Goodison Park is important to all of us. One of the first things we decided was, we would not sell Goodison Park to any trader who came along.

“And Denise has come up with this legacy. Liverpool 4 has been an extraordinary address to me. I lived there at my gran’s.

“Goodison Park is my favourite place in the world and it is very important we support Denise and her plans for – not the resurrection of Goodison Park – but the fact we are not going to leave it.

“We are going to create something that is lasting and say, ‘Thanks ever so much Liverpool 4'. And it will be, I promise you, a great, great legacy.

“We are probably the first football club ever to do it [establish a legacy after leaving their home] – and quite right, too.”

Mr Kenwright also expressed his delight with the appointment to Everton’s Board of Director of Football Marcel Brands, announced during Tuesday’s meeting.

"The Club’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri added his support to the appointment of Brands.

Mr Moshiri also praised his CEO, calling Professor Barrett-Baxendale a “jewel” and expressing his confidence in her to successfully oversee the stadium project.

He said: "This club under the football management of Marcel and the leadership of Denise is sufficient to see the project through.

"I bring people I trust. Communication is important and Marcel Brands explaining his philosophy and that just buying players in January might not help us [is valuable].

“We did our homework [when recruiting Brands and Manager Marco Silva] and Marco has our total support. And we have a professional in Marcel Brands who monitors the progress.”

Mr Kenwright added: “We have a great Director of Football who has taken over and changed an awful lot at the Club. He has totally reorganised our scouting. He is a cradle-to-grave man.

“He wants our kids to play exactly the same way as Marco’s first team. We are really happy with the team we have.

“I have a close relationship with Marcel where we talk non-stop and consult on most things. He is terrific to work with and very straight and down the line.”

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