Why Liverpool and Everton owners don’t want ground-sharing

Liverpool cannot afford to build Stanley Park, the owners content to ride out the global credit crunch (whether that’s a few months or more likely, several years) instead of taking outside help in form of investment or partnership.

Everton are facing considerable difficulties of their own in moving to Kirkby. The chairman has been trying to sell the club for a couple of years now without much success, and it will become harder to do so and / or build the stadium when other Premier League teams keep securing investment and improve their squads year in and year out.

Would a stadium-share help both clubs? It would certainly solve short-term problems and could even be suitable to some extent in the long run, but here’s the thought – we keep saying that the two clubs are rivals and as such the boundaries of footballing culture need to be distinct and that starts from the ground.

But that’s not the reason a club owner – especially the owners of Liverpool and Everton – would give. Both parties are in football to make a profit – Kenwright now and Hicks / Gillett in several years. Joining forces and sharing a stadium significantly reduces the sale value of a club, and and while it may be a socially responsible decision to share, it makes no long-term business sense, and that’s why the two clubs will never agree to any sort of cooperation.

Of course, if a certain group of Arabs were to buy both clubs and then merge them, that would be a different story.

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