Who replaces Bill?

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So, bit of a hypothetical this, and slightly tangential topic, but if we manage to stay up, and, say, Bill Kenwright was to step aside in the Summer (which I think he might just do because it would be a face-saver rather than being ousted), who would or could take over his position on the board? Would we look to promote from within or get the headhunters busy?

Indeed, we don’t even know if Farhad Moshiri will still be in the frame by then, or which league we will be playing in, so the next six months is a really tough prediction for all Evertonians.

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Jack Convery
1 Posted 23/03/2022 at 14:02:07
Me please. I am true blue. Actually went in the Boys Pen.

Seriously though, I would give it to someone like Tim Cahill.

Brian Wilkinson
2 Posted 23/03/2022 at 16:18:06
Never going to happen, Kim, Bill step down as a face-saver, he is going nowhere, until he has cut the ribbon at Bramley-Moore Dock. He has more faces than a town hall clock, and skin thicker than a rhino.

He will have to be dragged kicking and screaming, before he walks away from the biggest stage show of his entire career, opening a new football stadium with all the fanfare.He's probably got his speech ready as we speak..

Now, once that has happened, I would even take Coco the Clown to fill his place.

Barry Hesketh
3 Posted 23/03/2022 at 18:22:29
Kim, sorry mate but the bloke is simply irreplaceable! (tic)

Nick Page
4 Posted 23/03/2022 at 18:30:44
Imagine Kenwright “stepping aside”? — looool. More chance of hell freezing over than that happening. He's harder to get rid of than a fucking North Korean dictator. Kim Jong Bill.

The fans could drive him out but it would take an enormous and concerted effort. So it's more likely in a box (even then, I wouldn't believe it) or after a takeover. But no-one will want to buy this amateur-hour shit show, it's an absolute disgrace.

Christine Foster
5 Posted 23/03/2022 at 19:17:31
The Cat from Red Dwarf.
Alan McGuffog
6 Posted 23/03/2022 at 19:23:48
First choice would be Zippy. Failing that, Bungle.
John Daley
7 Posted 23/03/2022 at 21:34:41
Kenwright will never step down, Kim.

He’ll be there, final game of the season, face like a freshly rolled pizza base flung over a fucking plant pot, play-acting for the cameras.

Stay up and it’ll be tears, fist pumping for show, and the sort of riotous clapping and cackling not witnessed since that ‘Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’ meeting where the Grand High Witch announced her masterplan to rub Haribos round her hoop fluff.

Go down and it’ll be tears and wistful gazing into the distance, followed by adamantine words of how he’s absolutely the best man to lead us back up.

Dave Lynch
8 Posted 23/03/2022 at 22:14:06
Charlie Cairoli would do a better fucking job but Bill is a better clown.
Pete Clarke
9 Posted 23/03/2022 at 22:29:29
If it takes a concerted effort to get rid of this total fraud, then that's what the supporters must do. There has never been a better time given the situation the team and club are in.

As for his replacement, well somebody with a solid background to do the job and he must not be interviewed by Kenwright himself.

Tim Cahill is a good shout because he been involved in football most of his life, has a winners mentality and has run his own football business in Australia.

Brian Murray
10 Posted 24/03/2022 at 03:10:37
We can all do the Everton thing and shrug shoulders saying he won't budge...

Do the fucking kopite thing and make him! They managed it when they seen something unacceptable, plus Man Utd fans have their owners running scared and trying to appease them.

Admittedly ridding actual owners is harder (fair play the shite) but getting rid of a chairman who is not fit for purpose isn't. Along with all his jobs for life employees.

Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 24/03/2022 at 03:41:17
Brian #10,

Not sure where you got the idea that the Man utd fans have the Glazers "running scared", but forget it. The Glazers are having a wonderful time pocketing their revenues and dividends, and nobody is gonna scare them off.

I can remember when the the Red Knights or whoever demanded the Glazers give up their voting majority and establish fan supervision. They're still laughing.

As to Bill being "ousted" or stepping down, forget that too. Ain't happening unless the owner wants it, and Moshiri has been a huge Kenwright fan since before he bought the club.

He has no doubt taken note of the fact that Bill was right and he was wrong about hiring Benitez, a fact that will only raise Bill in his estimation.

Alan J Thompson
12 Posted 24/03/2022 at 06:27:10
We wouldn't need to sack Bill, just kick him upstairs, President for Life, honourary, of course.

And to replace him? An Old Boy with a difference, that bloke running the Football League, Birch, is it? Then give DB-B a sideways to give all her time to EitC and with just a little irony appoint as CEO somebody who might know where the bodies are buried, is he still around, Keith Wyness.
Well, maybe not the last one if Bill insisted.

Ian Bennett
13 Posted 24/03/2022 at 08:08:26
Interesting that Kenwright has been on the board since 1989. His time plots perfectly to how the club has moved from great, to small-time – what an embarrassment. Only to be topped by the clueless Moshiri.

And he has the audacity to boast that Everton are the poster child of how to run a Premier League club – the envy of the rest... how deluded.

The guy has been a complete disaster since Day 1. He struck lucky with Moyes bailing him out, running it Moyes's way.

No wonder Carragher backs him. Kenwright trashed this club, and Moshiri will complete it.

Danny Baily
14 Posted 24/03/2022 at 08:42:28
People overestimate Bill's influence on matters, in my opinion. There's also a lot of misplaced blame laid at his feet.

We have rubbish players, picked by rubbish DoFs and far too many managers. And we've financially overstretched ourselves and had the USM rug pulled from beneath our feet.

To top it off, the fans pretty much insisted on putting a TV pundit in the hot seat (I was fully supportive at the time and, on balance, still think Frank was the best available option).

David Graves
15 Posted 24/03/2022 at 09:27:28
If we are relegated and, as many on here wish for, Moshiri walks away triggering the fire sale of Everton, you know that there will be a Kenwright-backed consortium stepping in to lead the 'recovery', don't you?

The new stadium will be put on hold due to obvious financial restrictions – he's no billionaire after all. Instead, there will be a lick of paint for Woodison and a new mission statement rolled out about returning the club back to the community focused, financially prudent, "good old days".

"If only David Moyes could come back" many will cry. (At least his record against the top six couldn't get any worse.)

It will be the beginning of the end.

David Graves
16 Posted 24/03/2022 at 09:35:40
Danny, he is the Chairman of the Club and has had a position of responsibility for 27 years. His time at the club coincides with the worst period of achievement in our history. But any blame towards him is misplaced?

In what other organisation could someone with such an abject record still be in a senior position?

And as for the suggestion that we overestimate his influence. He was in the changing rooms addressing the players on Thursday, for fuck's sake.

Dave Abrahams
17 Posted 24/03/2022 at 10:13:08
The supporters will never drive him out because the majority of Everton fans think he is okay, don't ask me why.

Tim Cahill getting voiced to take over, another of Kenwright's mates. Tim advised us that Kirkby would be a great move for us. Kenwright always looked after himself first, Cahill does the same.

Alan J Thompson
18 Posted 24/03/2022 at 11:03:19
Ian (#13);

Be careful with that as Bill may have said, "Other clubs ask what Everton would do", not necessarily that they would do that and quite possibly just to know what to avoid doing.

He always has a backdoor and a supermower with the engine running.

Ken Kneale
19 Posted 24/03/2022 at 11:33:33
This is superfluous as others have said.

Kenwright will not step down voluntarily – only a suitably arranged acolyte or illness will move him from the post.

He also knows in the current situation, the fans will back the team as we all do to ensure survival – so any protest will be detrimental to that. He is in a win-win.

Paul Hewitt
20 Posted 24/03/2022 at 12:12:22
I'm still to see Kenwright on the pitch kicking a ball. Surely that's where the problems are?
Kim Vivian
21 Posted 24/03/2022 at 13:25:11
I posted this on one of the threads and wondered where it had been moved to – so, I've created a "talking point". That's cool.

When I originally posted this, it was as a result of much pondering after suffering on Sunday. I considered the distinct possibility that Kenwright could be ousted in the summer, particularly if we go down, simply due to the tsunami of negativity towards him. I have in the past been something of an apologist for him but am now firmly in the 'Kenwright Out' camp.

I agree that I can't see him "stepping aside", but it could come from Moshiri if he's still around and listening; it could come from potential demonstrations which cannot be ignored; it could be ill health (a distinct possibility and a convenient cop-out for Kenwright himself); or it could even be new owners if Moshiri folds and sells.

As far as ribbon cutting for the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock goes, with the likely protracted timescale, the odds of Bill being around for the ceremony have to be lengthening, although I have nightmarish visions of Bill appearing like Grandpa Sawyer in his wheelchair for his only public appearance of the year.

In any event it brought me back to my original quandry – Who in his place? I don't believe there's an obvious choice within the organisation, and when is the last time that a Premier League club replaced its chairman? I'm struggling to remember.

I agree, Eeyore could probably do just as well but I was left with no obvious answers so figured I would ask. What would be the procedure to replace, and who might realistically be a good prospect?

Brian Murray
22 Posted 24/03/2022 at 13:57:47
Kim. It’s been mentioned Tim Cahill as a successor. Would literally take a 21st century human being to be honest.
Andrew Ellams
23 Posted 24/03/2022 at 14:09:08
3 more seasons of Bill yet if the stadium opens on time. Unless Moshiri does sell up in that time and the new owner makes the decision for him.

When the day comes they will need to bring a proper chairman from outside the club.

Alan J Thompson
24 Posted 24/03/2022 at 14:12:10
Danny(#14); Does Bill have any influence? Does the name Wayne Rooney ring any bells?
Michael Lynch
25 Posted 24/03/2022 at 14:33:22
At this stage, management consultants need to be parachuted into the club to ask some hard questions – and I don't mean "Where's the Arteta money?" Most importantly, they need to find out who sanctioned the hiring of Rafa, and who was responsible for our signings in January.

Having got the answers to those questions, their first recommendation should be to sack the responsible parties.

Chances are either Bill or Moshiri, or both will be told they need to step down and leave the running of the club to professionals. And that won't happen, will it?

So, who replaces Bill? Bill probably.

Jay Harris
26 Posted 24/03/2022 at 14:48:06
I have this horrible thought that Kenwright has undermined our new owner so that he can buy the club back on the cheap and make his fortune all over again at the expense of the club.

I can't see a new chairman until the club is sold and the new owners will appoint their own board of directors. Hopefully that happens before we get relegated.

To think we were one of the Big 5 that started the Premier League and now we are a laughing stock.

Thanks, Bill, the greatest Evertonian ever — I think not.

Bill Gall
27 Posted 24/03/2022 at 15:18:34
I think what should be looked at is how come the club has fallen since Moyes left? While Moyes was manager, although we were not expected Premier League Champions, the hope was a Top 6 place and a cup run.

Everyone knew that Bill Kenwright was not rich enough to pay for top players and, in looking for a new ground, he was looking at bargain basement deals with anyone who could help.It was no secret he was looking for a person who was rich enough to help finance the club for new players and a new ground. He managed to get Moshiri with a silent partner.

Since then, money has been provided to buy players, improvements made at Goodison (mostly cosmetic), Finch Farm, offices in the Royal Liver Building and most of all a new ground in an area that is not only acceptable to the supporters, but will be a showpiece of engineering on the banks of the Mersey. Going on the negative comments from the other lot's supporters, they are very jealous of this stadium.

The major discussion now seems to be: Who is responsible for hiring and firing managers? Who, apart from the present manager, has received funding for the players they requested? Unless there is definite evidence that the new owner or Bill Kenwright signed the players and told the managers, "I have signed some new players; see where you can play them", then it is the managers who wanted them.

No-one expected this war in Ukraine, and how it would affect some of our financial backing in sponsorship, and with the financial areas that Moshiri works in, I think he may find another backer.

Everyone is replaceable; Kenwright could be voted out by the shareholders but it will have to be by the majority shareholder Moshiri.

So do we replace Kenwright for what he done before Moshiri came in or after?

Ken Kneale
28 Posted 24/03/2022 at 15:23:58
Paul 20 - I think you need to look at 'cause' and effect' for that - what is on the pitch is 20+ years of his complete personal mismanagement

Bill 27 - both in answer to your final point

Bobby Mallon
29 Posted 24/03/2022 at 21:00:11
Dave Abrahams @17. Spot on about Tim Cahill. He's a yes-man who is in cahoots with the Qataris. Money is his driving force.
Nick Page
30 Posted 24/03/2022 at 22:11:15
Bill 27 - are you Bill? Absolutely laughable stuff. The damage done by Kenwright (you?) far pre-dates Moshiri. And Moshiri was only brought in because he would fund the train set and leave the Big Actor in place. Please pull your head of your arse, it’s embarrassing.
Ian Riley
31 Posted 24/03/2022 at 23:14:27
Hope Bill stays on!

One of us the fans! Everton runs through him! Always a smile and a wave of reassurance all will be okay.

In these times of stress, he has been our rock and calming influence. We are very lucky to have him! Mark my words, a true blue!

I do hope that statue of him by the main stand of our new stadium is of gold! We can stroke it for luck when passing! Stay with us, Bill!!

Dale Self
32 Posted 24/03/2022 at 23:17:05
Billocks! ; )
Brian Wilkinson
33 Posted 26/03/2022 at 00:52:47
That's a pretty big fishing Rod you have there, Ian.
Jerome Shields
34 Posted 28/03/2022 at 22:46:11
I think that Kenwright stepping aside will result in things continuing as usual. Such is the structure and culture he has been able to build up, it will be very difficult to change and there will be resistance by those that enjoyed Bill's patronage. I can't see Bill not wanting to have a say on passing on the Everton DNA.

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