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Stan Collymore offers his opinion on Everton takeover

Stan Collymore hopes that Everton do not suffer the same fate as Aston Villa and Leeds United.

Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore suggested on the Call Collymore show on talkSPORT on Saturday evening (February 27) that Everton’s takeover by Farhad Moshiri is good for the club.

The 60-year-old Iranian businessman has bought a 49.9% stake in Everton, as reported by BBC Sport.

Moshiri sold his stake in Arsenal to business partner Alisher Usmanov on Friday so that he could buy into the Merseyside outfit.

Collymore seems to be in favour of the takeover, but he hopes that Everton are not affected the same way that Leeds United and Villa were.

“I am very optimistic as long as it’s not majority shareholding in any of our great clubs,” said the former England international striker.

“I am delighted for Everton that they are going to get inward investment, but I am always keeping that little bit to myself where I am thinking, ‘I just hope it’s not another Leeds, another Villa, which is a car crash still waiting to happen’,” added Collymore.

Everton are 12th in the Premier League table at the moment with 35 points from 26 matches.

The Merseyside outfit are unlikely to finish in the European places, but they should be able to end up in the top 10.

The Toffees are an established Premier League team, but it is time that they start thinking about moving forward.

Breaking into the top four of the Premier League will not be easy for the next few years, but hopefully for the fans, the new investment will at least help Everton try to compete for the Champions League places.

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