David Ornstein reveals 777 Partners co-founders in attendance for first Everton match against Luton Town
Co-founders of 777 Partners Josh Wander and Steven Paso were in attendance for Saturday’s (30 September) clash between Everton and Luton Town, according to David Ornstein.
The Athletic journalist reported that the pair arrived in Liverpool earlier on Saturday and in order to be in attendance at Goodison Park for their first game since agreeing on a deal with Farhad Moshiri to take over his 94 per cent stake in the Toffees.
Since the deal was agreed the American investment firm have afforded Everton a sizeable loan to help with their current running costs as well as construction on their new Bradley Moore Dock stadium [The Athletic, 18 September].
Before the takeover can be confirmed, though, it will have to be approved by the Premier League and that process could reportedly take months to be completed, with other Premier League owners raising doubts over whether 777 would negatively affect the reputation of the division [Daily Mail, 20 September].
It feels as though this deal is getting more and more real with each passing week on Merseyside and the fact that Wander and Paso were both in attendance on Saturday demonstrates just how interested 777 are in ensuring this deal gets over the line.
There’s a long way to go for this deal to be approved and the takeover to be completed, but there will be hope that the Moshiri days at Goodison Park could well be coming to an end and there may be some renewed positivity among the Everton fanbase.
Even though the two’s attendance doesn’t directly impact the status of the deal, it will be a refreshing sight for supporters to see someone other than Moshiri in the stands.
Performances on the pitch are, of course, just as crucial and after several years of instability Everton supporters are desperate for some positivity on and off the pitch to get the club challenging back where it belongs in the upper echelons of the Premier League.