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Wyness reveals stadium concerns.


EVERTION chief executive Keith Wyness has admitted that Everton's new stadium could be "jeopardised" by the Government - although he expects a decision on the planning application "very shortly".

Liverpool city council leader Warren Bradley insisted this week that a shared stadium with Liverpool is still a possibility, though both clubs - and their supporters - remain keen to build their own new grounds.

Everton hope to move to the boundaries of the city in Kirkby in a partnership with Tesco but Wyness has revealed his concerns that the project may be derailed by Government red tape.

"We are now at the planning stage to see if we can get it approved," Wyness said.

"That decision will be reached very shortly. Work will start very quickly then after that if it is approved.

"The planning process is very complicated. There are lots of different factors.

There is definitely a chance that it may not get through in the way we want it to.

"It could get called in by the Government office. If that does happen, it may jeopardise the whole thing.

"It's a very serious issue for us."

Wyness maintains there are no other options to the Kirkby proposal.

"Plan B at the minute is just being here at Goodison but that will give us longer-term problems, as we have always known," he added.

"There isn't the opportunity to develop Goodison in the way we would have hoped, so the new stadium is crucial for us to go forward.

"There is no doubt for Everton to attract the right investor, the stadium is a crucial part of that. I don't think people would be prepared to invest in the club until that is resolved."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 29, 2008
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