Release us from Theatrical Bill's Dickensian Nightmare

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Bill Kenwright is a thoroughly decent human being (I have ample personal proof but, due to circumstances I cannot divulge more, so please trust me with this). What he clearly is not is fit to drive our beloved club in the manner befitting our motto.

Bill took the Chair as the Johnson empire crumbled. But, truthfully, he's been party to the Boardroom demise since our own Emperor Nero, Carter the Spineless, watched it all fall apart.

Bill has run Everton like Arkwright's "Open All Hours" – and continues to do so. Penny-pinching, stubborn and trapped in the past.

Bill perpetually promised that he was merely a custodian, privileged by circumstance, tirelessly seeking a wealthier, more influential and fully cognisant owner for our beloved Everton.

Bill further persuaded and foreswore that his tireless efforts would bear fruit within seasons forthcoming.

Well, let's be bloody fair to theatrical William, shall we…? It took forever plus a day for him to finally flog Everton off like a pantomime cow for a handful of magic beans.

Inherent in the search was the overwhelming flaw that the Seeker was the problem! The bloody search dragged the club through a decade and more of paucity. Others thrived and pulled themselves up by their bootstraps whilst "plucky little Everton" pleaded for more, like Oliver at The Beadle's table.

Eventually, Boys Pen Bill escaped the clutches of Bill Sykes and everything was fine, dandy and tickety-boo. So, obviously, good to Bill's fine words, he stood down… Except he did not and he has not and his cornershop mentality pervades.

Bear with me, please… "Nil Satis Nisi Optimum" – Is anyone seeing our motto reflected in kindly Uncle Billy's tenure or even his time in The Boardroom?

BIll is a theatrical type and, for me, the only character that he brings to mind is the eternally trapped Miss Havisham, a broken loser.

Bill has built for us a castle of sand. Denise Barrett-Baxendale is pathetic and perfect. Perfect because Bill feels no threat. Whilst still part of Everton in the Community, Denise, upon her first meeting with him, requested a member of security be present because she believed that her meeting with a man with a blueprint National Vocational Qualification "Could be a bit awkward". The man whose provenance she was deaf, dumb and blind to? Evertons greatest ever fan.

Neville Southall. If you don't know who Big Nev is, how in the unholy name of all things Royal Blue do you ever get to be CEO? Pease?!?

Some long time ago, I read of the breathtaking influence that Swiss-based Italian Financier, Nicola Cortese, had upon Southampton Football Club – follow the link and look him up.

In the years that other Premier League clubs have strived, survived and thrived, we have lost ground, badly. With an amateur Board appointed through the auspices Kindly Uncle Bill and his "Most Generous Benefactor" sadly our future will always be to have our saintly pockets picked by cheeky urchins.

Push off, Bill, and take yesterday's millstones with you.

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Jerome Shields
1 Posted 13/12/2021 at 01:16:02

There are people that will jeopardise good business to fufill there objectives. I have came across two such people and I would identify Kenwright as another one.

I do think that Benitez has taken the bull by the horns early , as he had to bring in necessary change at Everton. This resistence he is encountering is the same resistence that all of the pro Moyes Managers have experienced, except Silva, at the end of seasons. He got it before Xmas the following year.

Everton football Club in it's present form are prepared to allow the Manager to experience the threat of relegation and even a prebuild up to it, to get rid of a Manager. These parties through the Club are not interested in Top 4, Top 5 or European Football, they want survival in the Premiership and no changes. They alway rally after getting rid of a Manager.

It seems more dramatic this year, because it is happening before Xmas, because Benitez is pushing ahead with his All departments improvements with some success in removing blocks to that objective.

As for Moshiri I whole heartly agee with you , his approach is wreaking the Club, but suits Kenwright. Paul the Esk and associates have indentified this as the number 1 problem.

But I think they are, including myself, find it unbelieveable the extent that Kenwright will go to maintain his power, at the cost of the Clubs progress.

The only possible saving grace is that Moshiri is a front Man for Usmanov. Benitez is usmanov's appointment. Also Benitez wants a job close to home, whilst Ancelotti decided it was not worth the hassle.

Everton will not be relegated, the capability is still within the Club. It is only in the wrong hands.

Benitez going for Kenwright &Co has nothing to do with Football.

Brian Murray
2 Posted 13/12/2021 at 04:50:08
The owner is not, repeat not, a football man in any way, so needs advising on any big calls. Stating the obvious, I know, but there's only one man responsible for all this. When is he going? Do one, Bill.
Michael Pennington
3 Posted 13/12/2021 at 07:21:36
Been going the match for over 50 years but it astounds me how vindictive Evertonians have become. Still a minority but seems to be growing.

Bill Kenwright is a figurehead yet they still blame him for this mess we are in… are they blaming him for selling to Moshri?

Must admit I enjoyed going the game when there was 20 thousand proper blues

Derek Knox
4 Posted 13/12/2021 at 07:55:31
NEWSFLASH: Bill Kenwright has again won Strictly Come Wanking, for the 27th Year! :-)
Jerome Shields
5 Posted 13/12/2021 at 11:11:29
Mana from Heaven, says Bill.

Bring on the next expendable Manager.

There will not be a queue.

Ken Kneale
6 Posted 13/12/2021 at 11:22:16
We appear indeed to be a modern-day version of the 'Catch-22' novel by Joseph Heller.

Who do we fear most - the opposition team - our owner - our management structure - our coaches at FF? My guess is depending on your position as fans - owner - chairman - Chief executive - Coach at any level, your perspective will change.

None of the above leads to a cohesive effort to rebuild a club that was in a tailspin of decline under Kenwright when Moshiri took over then left him in command.

Benitez may have a plan but other than disruption to the status quo within Finch Farm, it is difficult to see how it benefits on the pitch. Combined with the now all to clear in-fighting, sadly, I agree with Jerome's view – Kenwright is the beneficiary by ensuring his 'divide and conquer leadership' continues unabated.

What a depressing mess all this is.

Jacques Sandtonian
7 Posted 13/12/2021 at 12:56:32
Perhaps Moshiri is waiting for Bill to die so he can replace him with someone more competent without needing the midnight massacre?

Bill Kenwright's shortcomings as Chairman of a football club notwithstanding, I believe we would likely be in a better position right now had Moshiri delegated the big decisions to Kenwright. Just having one less cook in the kitchen would have at least reduced the number of poor footballing decisions.

Kenwright leaving would benefit the club, even if only symbolically, but until Moshiri devolves all decision-making power to a qualified executive, calamitous things will keep happening.

Jay Harris
8 Posted 13/12/2021 at 13:13:46
Paul Gregg saw right through Black Bill and yet Kenwright lied and deceived the fans and shareholders.

He is a classic Machiavellian actor and would stab his own mother in the back to get what he wants. Talk of Benitez being obstinate. He couldn't hold a candle to Kenwright who is more thick-skinned than an alligator.

Talking about Southampton, they also had Les Reed a proper football man.

We need and needed an owner that was interested in the club – not just a "5% of his time" interest – and we need proper leaders in the boardroom with a plan and experience and understanding of football at the highest level. But most of all, we need unity… and that is something we will never get while Kenwright is around.

Dave Lynch
9 Posted 13/12/2021 at 13:19:05
If, as rumoured, Kenwright wants to sack Benitez and install Rooney as manager, we will be truly fucked.

He will have started another old boys empire and we will fall from grace without a whimper.

Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 13/12/2021 at 13:29:30
Michael @3,

This is something that Kenwright would probably love people to believe but the owner said himself that he didn't want to waste too much of his time on Everton.

These must have been fantastic words to hear for the man who was selling his shares because even though our club was sold with record debts no real changes seemed to have been made to personnel on the non-playing side and this makes me question the terms of the deal that helped Moshiri purchase Everton to begin with.

Benitez is such a divisive figure but I'd personally sooner see all the ex-Evertonians who are not really up to the job leave our club before the present manager.

Ken Kneale
11 Posted 13/12/2021 at 13:46:58
Michael @3

What are you defining as 'proper blues?'

Most people I see commenting on TW look pretty nailed on for that – and most of us are rightly concerned about the loss of football status Mr Kenwright has overseen since appearing on the management committee of Everton FC.

Align to that the alarming number of people within the club who owe their whole employment status to him personally rather than any proven qualification or experience in their role and you have a recipe for what is occurring now – further downgrading of a great club, erosion of trust between fans and the club management.

And the great problem is that, unless we arrest this season's alarming results, we are heading to football oblivion under Kenwright's watch.

I don't see any of that as vindictive – it looks more like passionate people who have the wider interests of Everton Football Club at heart.

Richard Jones
12 Posted 13/12/2021 at 14:20:08

I'm afraid you lost me when you said "Bill Kenwright is a thoroughly decent human being."

Michael @3,

I'm sorry, mate, he is deep in the middle of all these decisions and after all... Moshiri was the acceptable investment he wanted. Remember, he turned down Mansoor – because he wouldn't keep his seat on the board. He and his supporters can't have it both ways... You can't say it's not his fault when he would only accept a certain type of investment, ie, a seat on the board.

Robert Tressell
13 Posted 13/12/2021 at 14:27:27
Whatever Bill has been in the past (there's obviously different perspectives on that), he now appears to be, at the very least, another unhelpful big ego playing a part in the interference and politics holding us back.

I can't remember who said it on which thread but someone said he's now clinging on until the stadium is built to complete his legacy. That, I expect, is true.

An awful lot, therefore, rests on the timely completion of that stadium.

Niall McIlhone
14 Posted 14/12/2021 at 14:34:44
Holding to your Dickensian metaphor, Alexander, it appears we ( the fans) are being served a dish of gruel in the workhouse, when we all would have expected to be eating Lobster Bisque such has been the amount of Guineas invested by our generous owner. I fear, however, that the nefarious influence of Bill Sykes will follow us when the new workhouse has been built down by the dock.
Brian Murray
15 Posted 14/12/2021 at 14:47:38
Niall. I definitely don’t want more please sir and he can consider himself not one of us ( bk and the waiter ).
Tony Abrahams
16 Posted 14/12/2021 at 14:54:48
I’m reviewing the situation myself Brian, and think that if Kenwright survives this latest review of the club, that is allegedly getting done by both himself, and the lady who we now find out has been looking for a new job for months, then I honestly think I will give Everton a miss for a bit, because that man genuinely sickens me, just as much as Benitez obviously sickens plenty of other Evertonians.
Richard Jones
17 Posted 14/12/2021 at 15:00:35
Hes certainly had a 'Fine life' out of Everton .
Niall McIlhone
18 Posted 14/12/2021 at 15:07:19
I think we've all had enough "gruel" Brian. I guess we could go off on a seasonal Ebenezer Scrooge riff, but there's already too many ghosts haunting Goodison Park !
Brian Murray
19 Posted 14/12/2021 at 15:08:58
After all he’s made out of efc I think bk is more fiddler on the roof. Or main stand to be precise. If Benitez can start being brave I really would give him the benefit of the doubt because as wayward and outdated as he is he is the best or only chance we have of forcing bk out the door. Unless the fans can really unite for a change and torch and pitchfork him out.
Brian Murray
20 Posted 14/12/2021 at 15:16:16
I have unexpected time off Thursday as a trucker. People just aren’t spending so I’m taking up my ticket in the smoke on Thursday ( masochist or what ). I hope these banners apparently on show are mostly about Niagra falls cheeks and not the manager. Rafas time is nearly up we need this buffoon gone first and foremost. Danny if you reading this say a boozer il see you there if pos.

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