While the potential takeover of Everton by 777 Partners could take as long as 12 weeks, the plan for what comes should they get the green light to take the reins has been relayed to the club’s management team.
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri agreed a deal to sell his 94.1% stake in the club to the Miami-based firm on Friday last week, with 777 now having to go through the appropriate channels to gain regulatory approval, including providing proof of funds for the takeover and the financial commitments made.
Moshiri is still the owner of the club, although dialogue has started in terms of outlining the vision that 777 has for Everton, with any takeover seeing the Toffees join a portfolio of clubs owned by Josh Wander and Steven Pasko’s firm that includes Standard Liege, Genoa, Vasco da Gama, Red Star Paris, Hertha Berlin and Melbourne Victory.
777 co-founder and managing partner Josh Wander was on Merseyside earlier this week, as first reported by Sky Sports, to meet with first-team manager Sean Dyche and the club’s director of football Kevin Thelwell, with discussions described as positive, with Dyche and Thelwell a team that have the backing of the potential new owners.
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Joining Wander on his visit to Everton’s Finch Farm training ground was Don Dransfield, a figure who could end up being significant with regards to the club’s strategy moving forward, should a takeover materialise before the end of the year.
Dransfield met with Thelwell to open dialogue around the what the football vision and strategy would look like under 777 ownership. Dransfield arrived as CEO of 777 Football GroupRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk