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BIG WEEK FOR BLUES: New boss & stadium


It's been a big week for the toffees with Rafael Benitez being named as their new manager and now the club have announced work at the site of their new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock will begin later this month.

We’ve been catching up with Everton Fans' Forum, an independent group of supporters who meet regularly with Club officials.

A section of the fanbase cannot forgive nor forget the former Liverpool boss's "small club" comment after a Merseyside derby in 2007 despite the Spaniard clarifying he was alluding to their approach to that particular game.

However, Moshiri, who is on his fifth managerial appointment in as many years since assuming control at Goodison Park, has looked beyond that and believes Benitez has the qualities to bring a winning mentality back to a club whose last silverware was lifted in 1995.

Moshiri admits the recruitment process has not been the smoothest – they had considered former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and two former Everton bosses in David Moyes and Roberto Martinez – or quickest, but was confident they had settled on the right man.

Everton has also now confirmed it will take possession of the Bramley-Moore Dock site, part of Peel L&P's Liverpool Waters, on Monday 26 July - with contractors Laing O'Rourke immediately beginning the first phase of the project on that date as part of the construction of the 52,888 capacity stadium.

That first phase of the development will be the enabling works to prepare the dock site in readiness for the build.

Work will include the repair and preservation of the Grade II listed dock wall, stabilising of the hydraulic tower located on the site, the development of welfare facilities for Laing O'Rourke construction staff, the preparation for demolition of existing non-listed structures, and raking of the dock floor. Pipework will also be installed that will be used for the infilling of the dock.

Once these works are completed, Laing O'Rourke will begin the process of infilling the dock.

Everton's new stadium will deliver a £1bn boost to the city's economy and provide up to 15,000 jobs for local people.

It is estimated that it will attract around 1.4m visitors to the city and more than £255m will be spent through the local supply chains.

It will also accelerate other local development - Liverpool Waters and Ten Streets – worth more than £650m and provide an annual boost of £2.1m in Council Tax receipts and Business Rates income of £1.7m per year.



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