Thursday, December 06, 2007

Asda and Everton go head to head

Asda and Everton go head to head

Everton plans anger shareholders

"Asda is in talks with the company proposing a £200m regeneration of Kirkby, in opposition to Everton FC's new stadium plans.

Development Securities said the supermarket giant was "on board" with the alternative scheme to redevelop the area without the football ground.

Everton's 55,000-seat stadium, which will incorporate a Tesco store, has sparked concern from residents.

The latest proposal involving Asda has cast doubt over the stadium plan."

"Everton owner Bill Kenwright faced a barrage of criticism at the club's annual general meeting over plans to move to a new stadium in Kirkby.

Shareholders accused the club's owner and directors of not properly exploring other site options.

Mr Kenwright, also club chairman, was accused of "being the man who murdered the soul of Everton".

But he insisted he was looking at all the options available to the club, including staying at Goodison Park.

Feelings have been running high for months as Everton have entered into discussions with Tesco and the authorities in Kirkby - significantly outside the city boundaries - over a new home for the team. "

Interesting stuff but I think it's worth stating that the fact that the stadium isn't in the historic boundaries of Liverpool-proper is a minor consideration to me. The over-riding factor is that the whole plan is totally average from top to bottom, start to finish. If it was a great stadium in the great location with great transport links I'd be all for it. The Kirkby plan is none of those things.

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