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 Post subject: didn't take long for the groundshare to be mooted again....
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:57 pm 
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Everton legend Joe Royle convinced a shared stadium with Liverpool FC is best way forward
Nov 26 2009

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EVERTON legend Joe Royle is convinced building a new stadium to share with Liverpool is the best way forward for both clubs.

The possibility of a groundshare between the Merseyside rivals - for so long regarded as a non-starter - has been raised again following the Government’s rejection of Everton’s proposals for a new stadium at Kirkby.

It is the latest in a long line of setbacks for Everton in their quest to move from Goodison Park, while Liverpool’s own plans for a new ground have also stalled.

Neither club have previously shown much appetite for pooling resources to build a stadium project but Royle, who played for and managed Everton, feels it is an obvious solution and deep-seated rivalries can be overcome.

Royle said: "I’ve always said it makes common sense. I have always been a fan and I think it is a great opportunity.

"The fans are split on it and both clubs are very wary of fan opinion.

"Neither would want to be the first to say we are desperate to do it.

"But now we are in a situation where both clubs are probably needing each other to make it work financially, so that might help it.

"Anfield and Goodison both hold special memories but both clubs, to have a chance of challenging Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, would need greater income.

"Certainly Everton would gain as it halves the costs and it could make a fantastic stadium for both sets of fans.

"It’s tried and tested in Milan (where Inter and AC Milan share the San Siro) and a number of other big cities and it works.

"I think for Everton, Kirkby is probably the final straw and this makes great sense - to me anyway."

Senior figures at both clubs might get the ideal chance to discuss the matter this weekend as the teams meet in opposition at Goodison.

Matters on the field will be the most pressing for managers David Moyes and Rafael Benitez, however, as they look to arrest poor runs of form.

Moyes’ Everton have won just once in 10 games in all competitions and are just four points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Liverpool have won only two of their last 11 and, with their title hopes already in tatters, are reeling from Champions League elimination this week.

Royle, who oversaw Everton’s FA Cup win in 1995, said: "Neither side are in their best form and need their big players to play.

"It is going to be quite a fraught derby and a big game for both managers.

"They will be desperate and both will be feeling it a bit, although I don’t think either (manager) is under pressure for their jobs and rightly so.

"They have both had good times but will be desperate to win. They are winners who are used to winning."

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