Everton’s prospective new owners 777 Partners have provided the club with a fresh loan as the wait to see if they will pass the Premier League owners’ and directors’ tests goes on.
The American investment firm have now provided Everton with around £150m in loans to help with day-to-day running costs and fund the building of the new stadium at Bramley Moore, which is now less than a year from completion. Those loans will be turned into equity should their takeover be approved, or join lengthening list of creditors should it be rejected.
That process has been ongoing since the agreement with Moshiri was announced in September, with the hope it would be approved by the end of 2023.
That deadline has now passed of course, but 777 have already got the approval of the Financial Conduct Authority and the Football Association, with Myers suggesting final approval from the Premier League could be confirmed any day now.
That suggestion was tempered on Monday, with another reliable source, BBC Sport’s Shamoon Hafez, reporting that the process was still ongoing.
He added that the league’s checks are focusing on where the group’s cash in coming from and whether they have enough to fund a three-year business plan, with 777 co-owners Josh Wander and Steven Pasko expected to take a seat on the board if/when the deal goes through.
Writing on Twitter, The Esk, who is extremely knowledgeable in business and sporting finance, says he believes the club’s ownership issues will not be resolved “anytime soon”.
Though 777 are willing to provide loans during the approval process they are unlikely to do so indefinitely, so it feels like the process will have to come to a definitive conclusion sooner rather than later.
It means January could prove to be a pivotal month in Everton’s future, with a date for the appeal against their 10-point deduction yet to be confirmed. The Toffees will also find out whether they breached the financial rules again in 2022-23 by next week. New rules meant all 20 Premier League clubs had to submit their accounts by end of December, with the league keen to speed up the process given the time it has taken for Everton to be punished for earlier transgressions.
The mood music from the club suggests they are confident of compliance, but we will find out for sure in the next 10 days or so.
It’s never dull at Goodison Park.