Moyes takes positives from Everton setbacks

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Everton manager David Moyes is hopeful this week's decision to reject proposals for a new ground may have a positive effect on the club.

Proposals for a £400million 50,000-seater stadium and shopping complex in Kirkby, in association with Tesco, were yesterday rejected by Communities and Local Government Secretary John Denham.

Chairman Bill Kenwright has again reiterated his position that major investment needs to be found to allow Everton to progress and Moyes believes now there could be more chance of that happening.

However, he is not keen on the idea of a ground-share with near-neighbours Liverpool, who themselves are having financial difficulties funding a new stadium.

"It is disappointing for the club but I don't think I'd have bought Everton when they were in the situation of will they get Kirkby, won't they get Kirkby," said the Toffees boss.

"One way or another we needed this decision as it has been hanging over us for a couple of years.

"If there are any buyers out there - and Bill Kenwright has said if there is anyone he would be willing to speak to them and do business - this may well force them out of the woodwork.

"I also think Liverpool council have said to us many times there are sites for us in the city so I'm looking forward to hearing what they can come up with.

"But I love Goodison and if I thought it could be fixed and put in the condition we want that would give me the biggest thrill.

"But maybe in the world just now the viable cost of it can't happen."

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