New BoE head supports Everton, wife backs Arsenal

OTTAWA Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:35pm GMT

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney prepares to testify before the Commons finance committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney prepares to testify before the Commons finance committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 12, 2013.

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Mark Carney, who will soon become the head of the central bank in football-mad Britain, revealed on Tuesday he is a supporter of Premier League football club Everton.

Carney, currently governor of the Bank of Canada, disclosed his allegiance to the club - known as the Toffees - when asked at a Canadian parliamentary committee whether he followed traditional heavyweights Manchester United or Chelsea.

Everton, based in the northwest city of Liverpool, is sixth in the Premier League. The team last won the title in 1987.

"I am an Everton supporter ... I have got some cousins in Liverpool," said the governor, a Canadian who played ice hockey at university and who also follows the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers.

"It's been more enjoyable being an Edmonton Oilers supporter than it has been being an Everton supporter of late, but since the Oilers are coming back strong this year let's hope the Toffees (do). In fact, Everton's doing okay," he said.

Carney's wife Diana - a vice president at the Canada 2020 think tank - later told Reuters that she follows London-based Arsenal, which has enjoyed much more success than Everton in recent years.

Carney will take over from Mervyn King as Bank of England governor on July 1 this year. The Premier League season ends in May.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Peter Galloway)

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