Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

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Nil Satis Nisi Optimum — Nothing but the best is good enough.

It's the motto of Everton Football Club. I have it tattooed on my arm.

It's the mantra and business ethic given to the club by its creators and the methodology of everything Everton FC has stood for throughout history.

It's on the club badge. Or was until it was removed by Bill Kenwright. The excuse was a modernisation of the club crest for the new era but I suspect it was nothing more than a cynical attempt for the tyrants running the club to ruin not to be sued under the Trades Descriptions Act.

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When the cartel who have stolen our club from us and mismanaged it in every way to the point of disaster — and have the temerity to blame the suffering victims of their actions as the reasons for the havoc wreaked on the club — are removed and new owners installed, we must insist on the re-installation of the club motto and everything it stands for. It wasn't Kenwright's to discard.

Because we will be watching, we will always be here holding the custodians of our club to account. Never again must we allow Everton FC and its standards to be dismissed so easily.  Never again must we allow our club to be abused by some media luvvie who thought he could drag the name of Everton through the mud and to the brink of a cataclysm, with the help and conspiration of his media contacts, for his own personal gain while silencing any and all dissent. 

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.

Those words will mean something for generations — long after the nightmare of Kenwright and his small group of co-conspirators have been forgotten or reduced to a horrible memorynof what can happen when historic standards are discarded for the benefit of a tyrant and his bloated ego.

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 03/03/2023 at 23:05:18
That's a fine rant of high moral value and integrity, Paul.

But it's a bit early for April Fool's Day, as I'm sure our famous motto is still there in big Capital Letters around the bottom of our crest.

Nice try though.

Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 03/03/2023 at 23:29:06

I thought we might see Paul Burns pop up with a rant now as he has many during what Kenwright calls the “good times”. Bit more polished than usual but lacked a bit of substance. Don Alexander covers the topic better on a regular basis

Jerome Shields
3 Posted 03/03/2023 at 23:50:24
I see Sky Sport are reporting that Moshiri is about to make changes at Board level, but then seems to relate them to a new look Board as a result of the MS Sports investment.It also highlights the non attendence of the Board as a factor not helping the team or Dyche.Though they do qualified that the Fan do continue to give fully support the Manager and Team, whilst peacefully protesting against the Board. The Source is unnamed, but gives the impression that it comes from Moshiri.

I don't have much faith in Moshiri public pronouncements by letter or interview.I don't know what to make of this, but changes at Board level would help and a attempt at a united front by a New Board, Fans and team would certainly help.

This No Comment, No Show attitude, really verifies how devoid of integrity the current Board is. There standing and conduct is absolutely despicable, in the current situation..

Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 04/03/2023 at 10:33:58
The surprising thing, Kieran, is that some vocal fans actually dismiss this Latin phrase as arrant nonsense, outdated, outmoded, inapplicable... whatever.

Whereas it really is the measure of performance everyone associated with the club, from bottom to top, should be doing their utmost to implement in everything they do. Seems the last one at the top to really understand what it meant was Sir John Moores

ps: Could you do us a favour and when certain people (you know who) start throwing insults or prattling on endlessly about themselves and how wonderful they are on these treads, send us an email 'heads-up' rather than joining in the 'banter' yourself? Much appreciated.

Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 04/03/2023 at 10:41:41
It’s been April fools day for a long time now for us long suffering Evertonians.

I used to drive past Goodison, when our famous Latin phrase, was on a big long mesh, that stretched right across the length of the park end, in perfect view for everyone to see, and must have been quite a sight for anyone driving next to me.

From nothing but the best is good enough, to plucky little Everton punching well above their weight, isn’t something a genuine Evertonian, would ever aspire to change, but he told everyone he was the best man for the job, and thousands accepted it.

Alan J Thompson
6 Posted 04/03/2023 at 10:51:01
I suppose we could replace the Latin motto with an English version the Board might understand (I almost said aspire), "Improvement!"
Dennis Stevens
7 Posted 04/03/2023 at 11:08:24
Perhaps we should seek a replacement such as "Things could be worse - it could be raining!" or " As one door closes another shuts", although the latter may be more pertinent to our transfer strategy.

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