Sam Allardyce makes troubling admission live on air amid Everton takeover
Sam Allardyce has expressed doubts about whether or not the takeover of Everton by 777 Partners will go through.
Speaking on talkSPORT on 13 September, the former Toffees boss said the deal looks like a “no-go” despite the US investment firm reportedly being in advanced talks to complete a deal for the club [iNews].
He believes that it would get “turned down” by the Premier League based on its fit and proper test and added that the takeover will need to be looked at with “a lot of scrutiny”.
“It has to be looked into properly,” said Allardyce. “But it’s a no-go, isn’t it, really? I mean it would get turned down by the Premier League surely on the fit and proper in terms of who is owning the football club and the troubles they’ve had in the past years.
“I was sitting here looking forward to talking to you about the takeover at Everton and what that might mean, but obviously they need to look at that with a lot of scrutiny and, of course, make sure that financially it’s right.”
While Allardyce obviously isn’t an expert on how takeovers at Premier League clubs take place, his comments will be viewed by many as a little bit troubling.
The ex-Everton manager has worked for a number of sides over the years and will have some insight into how things work and what boxes need to be ticked.
The Blues fans are hoping that a change in ownership can mark a new beginning after the club has suffered on and off the pitch over the past few years.
But it would be a massive blow if, for some reason, the Premier League does decide to block the deal as Farhad Moshiri now seems set on leaving.
The Toffees are currently in a pretty perilous position with the finances in a mess and the new Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium half-built, so there will be many fans hoping that a deal can be pushed through without any major issues.
In other Everton news, the Premier League is due to make checks after takeover news has emerged.