Everton could stay at Goodison

EVERTON chief executive Robert Elstone has re-opened the possibility of the club redeveloping Goodison Park but remains optimistic a new stadium can be built in the city.

EVERTON chief executive Robert Elstone has re-opened the possibility of the club redeveloping Goodison Park but remains optimistic a new stadium can be built in the city.

Plans for a �400m project, in conjunction with Tesco, to build a new stadium at Kirkby were rejected recently and, although the club would still like to find a new home, Elstone said the Toffees may have to look closer to home if building a new ground is deemed unaffordable.

“We've met with developers and land owners and we've also commissioned a fresh look at Goodison Park with a highly-recommended architect who had no involvement in Kirkby or our previous reviews of Goodison,” he said.

“He's currently looking at previous plans alongside developing his own ideas.


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“Of course, the well-reported challenges remain: roads, shops, houses, a school, a church, a pub, a garage most of which will need to be addressed in one way or another for us to go forward in a way that makes commercial sense.

“In short, the challenges of working with a stadium footprint housing 50 per cent more fans than The Reebok, in pretty much the same space, remain.”

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