Everton need to consider leaving Goodison Park in the near future.
Cottee said: “As much as we all love Goodison Park, our inability to develop the stadium leaves us in danger of being left behind. If we are not careful Everton could quickly end up in a middle tier of Premier League clubs, when they should always be in a top seven or eight. Much as we all love Everton’s tradition and history, the bigger ground you have, the more corporate boxes you have, the better players you can afford to bring in.”
Everton are one of the giants of English football, but they have been falling by the wayside in recent years.
They are not realistic title challengers, and even getting into the top four is a task which could prove too hard for them to achieve.
They are hamstrung by financial limitations, and although this limitation will be lessened by the new TV deal, their ground prevents any major matchday revenue.
They cannot deal with the London clubs, many of whom are moving into new stadiums, and even local rivals Liverpool have plans for a new ground.
This will further separate those clubs from Everton, and Cottee is worried that the Toffees will be left behind and will only become a mid-table team, where they have nothing to fight for any season.
They should be pushing for Europe every season, with the occasional title challenge, and a new ground will be imperative to return Everton to the level of their former glories.