Everton’s majority owner Farhad Moshiri has reached an agreement to sell his shares to 777 Partners.
Confirming the news in a club statement, Moshiri, who has been the Toffees majority owner since 2018, has asked his fellow shareholders to back the purchase.
Moshiri has been the club’s majority owner since 2018Getty
Should 777 Partners complete the deal, they would take Moshiri’s 94.1 per cent stake in the club, and therefore majority control.
The American private investment firm also own LaLiga’s Sevilla, Serie A’s Genoa and the Bundesliga 2’s Hertha Berlin, among others.
The news may come as a relief to many Evertonians, with Moshiri’s reign since he became an investor in 2016 the subject of multiple fan protests.
The past two seasons have seen Everton flirt with relegation from the Premier League, finishing 16th and 17th with last-gasp survival pushes.
Meanwhile the club’s transfer market activity has come under intense scrutiny, with an estimated £750million spent reaping little reward, while there has been a constant managerial turnover.
I am writing regarding my intention to sell my shareholding in Everton to 777 Partners.
As you are aware from my open letter in July last year, I have been clear about the need to bring in new investment and complete the financing of our iconic new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, something that I have predominantly financed to date. The requirement for this has only become more apparent to me as we continue to see rapid changes in the nature of ownership and financing of top football clubs. The last two transfer windows have shown that the days of an owner/benefactor are seemingly out of reach for most and the biggest clubs are now typically owned by well-resourced PE firms, specialist sports investors or state backed companies and funds.
In seeking investment, I have spoken to a number of parties and considered some strong potential opportunities. However, it is through my lengthy discussions with 777 that I firmly believe they are the best partners to take our great Club forward with all the benefits of their multi-club investment model.
As a result of this agreement, we have an experienced and well-connected investor in football clubs who will help maximise the commercial opportunities, and we have secured the complete financing for our new stadium, which will be the critical element in the future success of Everton. The agreement will see Everton become part of the 777 Football Group, which already includes Spain’s Sevilla, winners of the last UEFA Europa League, Genoa of Italy, Vasco de Gama of Brazil, and other storied clubs from across the world. Through that group, 777 is providing its clubs with access to world-class tools to support their football operations and global commercial opportunities. It is my belief that this expertise, combined with the collective strength of the clubs within the group, is what makes 777 the right fit for Everton.
I say that knowing our Club’s future is a positive one. The last few years have not been easy for Evertonians – and I am one of you. It has been tough to watch our struggles on the pitch, yet the foundations for a brighter future have been laid.
In the case of the new stadium, we have made incredible progress over the last two years. We remain on track and on budget. Going forward, Everton will play in a stadium that will be the envy of the Premier League and beyond. A stadium that’s location will make it iconic throughout the game. A stadium that, most importantly, will give Everton a tremendous platform for growth and transform North Liverpool and the communities around it. I will forever be proud of what we have achieved.
Finally, I would like to thank the Chairman and those who are acting in interim positions at the Club for their commitment during the process to bring new investment and opportunity to the football club. They will continue to provide support and guidance in ensuring the smooth running of the Club during the next phase of this process, which will include the transaction gaining the required regulatory approval from the Premier League, the Football Association, and the Financial Conduct Authority. I will continue to update on that process as it progresses.
In due course, I will also be writing to shareholders more formally to ask for your support in the completion of the transaction by way of a shareholder vote. My intention, of course, will be to vote in favour of this investment, one which, as I have outlined and firmly believe, is in the best interests of our Club and its future.
Thank you for your ongoing support of this great football club.
Mr Farhad Moshiri
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