We bring you the notes from Steve Parish as written for the From The Boardroom feature in today's match programme.
Firstly I'd like to offer a warm welcome to the owners, directors, management and players of Everton Football Club.
The twists and turns of football! Last time I wrote these notes we had a new manager and wins in the league had been hard to come by. The victories against Spurs and Burnley have been invaluable, not only for the points but confidence within the squad, as well as give breathing space to Alan and I with the transfer window upon us.
Yes it's that time of the year again – the window closes on Monday and as we know it's often a frantic affair, however for us this one has been very straightforward.
Alan, his contacts and the chief scout have worked on targets and we’ve had a clear brief and a concise set of options, and there's been a real sense of efficiency and organisation. That means it's been like no other window and we are really very pleased with the outcomes so far.
We have such a great bunch of lads at the club so it’s really important that we buy wisely, and I’m hopeful that we have been able to do that. I would take this opportunity to welcome Yaya Sanogo, Jordon Mutch and Shola Ameobi and wish them every success.
With everybody so aligned it's great to feel a little further forward than usual, but having said that there’s still a few things that might happen at the last minute, it’s the nature of the beast so watch this space.
The other part of the transfer window is that we have to see players depart. I'd like to thank Stuart O'Keefe for his time and efforts during his four-and-a-half year stint here. His performance in the play-off final will be the memory I will remember him for, along with the great goal he scored last season against Sunderland. I sincerely wish him all the best at Cardiff City.
We want to keep developing the squad to ensure that you get to see the best possible football at Selhurst Park week in, week out, and that leads me nicely to remind you that season tickets for the 2015/16 season will be available to purchase from today.
We have kept the vast majority of prices unchanged for next season which we believe represents great value for money, and have made things easier for you by offering a 10% discount if you purchase your ticket before the end of February, as well as an instalment plan to help spread the cost. Please take the time to read our season ticket brochure for all the information.
Our support is one of the big reasons that this club is beginning to establish itself in the Premier League and Selhurst Park is quickly gaining a reputation as having one of the best atmospheres in Europe. We want that to continue, and I'm sure you won't want to miss out on renewing your seat for another thrilling season.
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Southampton last weekend for a great old-fashioned cup tie, and results elsewhere have given us a great shout of getting into the latter stages. It would be great to see us walking out at Wembley again, even if just to stop Brighty banging on about 1990!