Ex-Everton CEO issues 'top 8' prediction amid 'world-best' stadium verdict

By Wayne Veysey

3rd Dec, 2023 | 8:00pm

Everton are about to blow Tottenham away and complete 'best football ground in the world - Wyness

Ex-Everton chief Keith Wyness has suggested the club’s “world-best” new stadium could help them break back into the Premier League’s top eight revenue earners.

The 66-year-old, who served as CEO at Goodison Park between 2004 and 2009 and now runs a football consultancy advising elite clubs, claimed the Bramley-Moore ground could see the Toffees earn an extra “25%” in revenue.

Everton’s new 52,888-seater stadium, which could cost more than £750million, is expected to be completed in late 2024.

The Merseysiders are set to follow in the footsteps of West Ham and Tottenham, who have seen their revenue increase since moving to new stadiums.

Everton’s last published accounts for the 2021-22 campaign showed they brought in a revenue of £181million, which was the 10th-highest figure in the Premier League.

But Wyness insisted further growth with the new stadium will only be possible if 19th-place Everton, who have been deducted ten points for a Financial Fair Play rule breach, remain in the Premier League.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider‘s Inside Track podcast, he said: “It’s chalk and cheese compared to West Ham’s London Stadium in terms of a quality football experience.

“That was a stadium built for athletics, the Everton stadium will be probably the best football ground in the world.

“The design is incredible, the architect has done a great job.

“I think there will be a significant uplift in revenue for Everton with the new stadium, of course – provided they’re in the Premier League.

“I think there could be an increase of 25%.

“That would keep Everton in the top eight revenue earners in the Premier League. Without it, staying at Goodison, you’re just going to fall further and further behind.

“This is important to keep Everton at the top level.”

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