Moshiri to make decisions on stadium dilemma

Everton's new majority shareholder speaks for the first time since his takeover ahead of the Toffees' FA Cup clash with Chelsea.

Moshiri to make decisions on stadium dilemma
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Farhad Moshiri has vowed to keep Everton's best players, spend big on new arrivals, and look to solve the club's stadium dilemma.

The Everton faithful haven't had much to celebrate this season, but have been reassured by their new majority shareholder who has spoken for the first time since having his 49.9% purchase of the Blues shareholding confirmed by the Premier League earlier this week.

Moshiri unveils role in Everton's future

The Iranian billionaire has outlined his plans to move the club forward in his statement set to be published in today's FA Cup quarter final matchday programme.

Within the statement published today by Everton, the 60 year old talks of his admiration of the Merseyside club's tradition, and how he believes he can "recapture the glory days of the past and build sustained success in the future".

"I am delighted to join you here today at Goodison Park for my first match as a shareholder in Everton," spoke the former Arsenal shareholder, who will be in the directors box tomorrow.

"I also felt it fitting that my first message was in the matchday programme, with Everton being the first ever club to regularly produce one for home games," he added.

Moshiri credited the "strong sense of tradition" as one of the most attractive parts of the deal, when he "discussed the opportunity" with Bill Kenwright.

Everton's new investor aims to keep key players
Everton's new investor aims to keep key players

​Traditional Toffees get helping hand

It is in the opening words of Moshiri's statement that it is clear to see why Bill Kenwright chose him, as the majority shareholder of 12 years said that he was holding off offers for someone who "understands what it means to be an Evertonian".

The Iranian continued to discuss what his plans for the club were: "There is much to be done and things for me to learn."

He confirmed he is "committed to providing additional funds for transfers" as well as retaining "key players" to keep together "a strong core to build on for the future".

​Finally an end to the stadium dilemma?

Moshiri also underlined the ongoing stadium dilemma, as talks to build a new stadium to replace the traditional and popular Goodison Park.

The investor says the ground "has served the club extremely well", but feels there is a need "to make sure the club has a suitable stage to perform on for the future".

"We will review the best options and how to finance, especially as it is likely to cost a little more than the £3,000 it apparently did back in 1892," he joked.

"Good luck to Roberto and the boys against Chelsea today," concluded Moshiri. Everton - Chelsea kicks off at 17:30 on Saturday.