There is one good reason why Everton fear another season of struggle

21/07/2022 20comments  |  Jump to last
"Frank Lampard must crack on," writes Chris Bascombe, "but, under Farhad Moshiri, nobody can be entirely sure how different this season will be from the last six."

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Barry Hesketh
1 Posted 21/07/2022 at
Bascombe trots out the usual stuff and we already know too well how it has gone in the last few years, and that a large percentage of the blame quite rightly lies with the owner, however, where is the criticism of the board, the Chairman, the CEO? They are employed to prevent silly or even catastrophic mistakes from being made by the owner or anyone else within the club.

Why haven't they been prepared to put their necks on the line to temper the worst instincts of the owner, why haven't they resigned? if the owner has gone his own way, without care, without forethought to what damage he may be doing and perhaps continues to do?

Is BMD really that important, or is it that those whose job it is to take care of Everton Football Club are more inclined to look after themselves and their own objectives rather than the future fortunes of the club they purport to support?

Boris Johnson would still be the Prime Minister if he had only learned and taken on board the lessons that our Chairman and board exhibit every day of the year and for many years past.

Peter Neilson
2 Posted 22/07/2022 at
Presumably the Strategic Review cleared them of all wrong doing. Throw a bit of red meat to the supporters with new DoF and a few changes to the academy staff and it's job done.

The buffoons (owner, chairman, CEO) who got us in this position stay in place and calling the shots. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Barry Rathbone
3 Posted 22/07/2022 at
I don't think Moshiri has made any more mistakes than any other new owner.

His problem is that of Lerner, the Venkys, Mike Ashley et al – he hasn't the dough of Mansour and Abramovich to spend through the mistakes.

The financial drag anchor that the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is on him though and unless he sells to big money to prop up this financial monster, we are destined for Hades!

Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 22/07/2022 at
It's not just about having the dough, Barry, it's also because making “continuous mistakes” has caught up with him, and these mistakes are possibly stopping Moshiri from being able to sell Everton right now.

Unless he's prepared to take a massive loss, I think it's going to be very hard to sell Everton, bearing in mind whoever buys will have to find the money to fund the new stadium but “won't be able to spend” much money on the team because of the way the club has been mismanaged financially.

Moshiri has made catastrophic errors; who in their right mind would buy a football team but only want it to take up 5% of his time? So, instead of finding the best staff available, choose to keep the previous regime in charge, even though he had to clear big debts when he first purchased the club?

I've heard he's absolutely desperate to sell, but time will tell, because I think only a desperate man would be able to sell Everton right now, such are the losses he's going to have to endure.

Rob Dolby
5 Posted 22/07/2022 at
Tony 4, In answer to your question.

Who in their right mind would buy a football team, but only want it to take up 5% of his time.

In my opinion, he bought us to act as a front man for Usmanov. Russian money isn't any good here now and he wants a way out.

He hasn't got a clue about football but is unbelievably successful in legitimising Usmanov's billions.

I know Mike Gaynes will be rolling his eyes back 'oy vey'

Reality is we need changes at the top. Results expose and paper over cracks in equal measure. This current squad won't be winning too many games this season.

Jim Lloyd
6 Posted 22/07/2022 at
It's an interesting word "Blame."

Blaming Moshiri for the majority of our woes, to me, seems to forget what the alternative was, to him buying shares in EFC.

He was invited by Kenwright "after a 20-year search to find the right man." Forget about Mansour being directed up the East Lancs. the only other investments that I can remember, was that mysterious "True Evertonian" appearing from the Jungles of Asia, a Mr Samuelson, I believe his name was. He was a miraclous appearance, just as Paul Gregg (his partner in True Blue Holdings bid to buy Johnson's shares) made his own bid at a takeover.

We all know what happenied next, Mr Samuelson sent a cheque in the post … and Poof! It disappeared in a cloud of smoke... along with said True Blue Evertonian.

Without Farhad Moshiri's investment, we'd have been goosed. So when the blame game starts, I first of all think of Mr Kenwright's reign before Mr Moshiri came along;

So Mr Moshiri has made mistakes (probably the worst one was listening to Kenwright!) throughout his tenure; but I always think of the spider; who only appears when salvation has been achieved – "We've had some good times!" Kenwright. Of who's shares, Mr Moshiri bought a big chunk at a bloody good price.

Anyway, it is the Chairman who is, in my opinion, fully responsible for all activities the club's directors are overseeing.

If Mr Moshiri has taken over the Chairman's powers and responsibilities, then the blame lies with him.

As far as I can see, this hasn't happened. The Buck, should it stop anywhere, should stop at the bloody big desk of the Chairman!

ps: Chris Bascome is a red jessie.

Brian Harrison
7 Posted 22/07/2022 at
Tony @4 & Rob @5,

I think you have to go back as to why someone buys a club and only expects the running of that club to take only 5% of their time. Usmanov was a major shareholder at Arsenal and his wish as a self-confessed Arsenal fan was to own the club, and to help him in this quest, he gifted Moshiri Arsenal shares hoping they could force Kronke into selling out to them.

But Kronke, when under pressure from the Arsenal fans to sell up, vowed that if Usmanov was the last man on earth he wouldn't sell Arsenal to him. Within a few months of that, Moshiri sells his shares in Arsenal and buys Everton, although I would think he did this at the behest of his boss Usmanov.

I am sure they looked at Everton as a club with no money consistently finishing in the Top 7 of the Premier League, and probably thought "Let's throw a few million at this club and they will be challenging for a Top 4 spot."

They certainly threw money at the problem but employed untried managers to spend the money and as we all know the best part of £500 million has been blown.

On top of this, the war in Ukraine has led to the sanctioning of Usmanov so Moshiri is now left owning a club in the middle of a stadium build, and he doesn't fancy spending another fortune to keep this going, especially without Usmanov's backing.

Mind, I am sure Usmanov is far too sharp an operator to see all his investment in Everton go to the wall, so I am sure he will be advising Moshiri in the background, how to proceed so they get a fair chunk of their investment back. Billionaires don't become billionaires by losing vast sums of money.

Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 22/07/2022 at
They might be ashamed of nothing and outraged at almost everything, Jim, but those red Jessie's wouldn't have put up with Kenwright for 20 minutes, whereas Evertonians have put up with the man for well over 20 soulless years.

You might be close to the truth, Rob, but my concern is that the damage has already been done, and unless things happen quickly, Everton are going to be in real danger this season, judging by the mood that once again seems to be enveloping quite a lot of us.

It's coming to something when I'm not even remotely missing the football, and I'm sure I'm not the only one feeling this way.

Dave Williams
9 Posted 22/07/2022 at
I would love to know who allowed us to overspend to the point where we are unable to buy a player of any description.

Our way forward can only be to bring in the young players supported by the likes of Tarkowski, Gordon, and Mykolenko – the latter two only young themselves!

We can't buy our way out of trouble so no option but to try the likes of Mills, Warrington etc and hope they can do a better job than the seasoned professionals who don't seem capable of performing their roles.

Shaun Robinson
10 Posted 22/07/2022 at
Dave @ 9. Are we the only club to buy our way into trouble?
Ralph Basnett
11 Posted 22/07/2022 at
Don’t worry, we’re doing a Leicester.
Brian Murray
12 Posted 22/07/2022 at
Forest look like they planning to hang around a bit so this "3 worse teams" cushion is gone already.
Dave Williams
13 Posted 22/07/2022 at
Shaun, no we're not… but we are the only club I am worried about.
Pete Clarke
14 Posted 23/07/2022 at
Usmanov may well still be advising Moshir to hang in there with the stadium build going on as that's the focal point of where they get their money back in the eventual sale of the club.

There's still the actual running of the club where big decisions could make or break us though, and relegation is a sure way to devalue us, so why would Usmanov not simply order his puppet Moshiri to get rid of this destructive Chairman of ours? Surely Kenwright has not hoodwinked the both of them!

We can go on and on changing managers but it's this prime position and that one person in particular who has to go for this club to step out of the dark ages.

As supporters, we have a duty to make this happen very soon; otherwise, we are really hoping that Frank Lampard and his team create a miracle with a squad that I would call relegation certainties.

Frank Lampard knows this and is already sending out the warning signs. I think deep down he knows that there is a huge lack of skill and especially intelligence in the experienced players, so all he has to work off is fitness and the limited tactics he knows.

As we talk on here, I fully expect Kenwright, in his ignorant and arrogant manner, to be already lining up a replacement for Frank Lampard.

Jim Lloyd
15 Posted 24/07/2022 at
Tony (8) Agreed about the red jessies, but they have the media with them; and this Chris Bascombe used to write for the Red Echo. I remember him reporting on their games. One in particular, when we drew at Anfield, I think, where he had particularly snidey remarks aout EFC. So my thought was, and still is, that he is aiming at Moshiri when it should be at Kenwright and thunderthighs. They are Chairman and Chief Executive. The two most powerful positions in the club. EFC isn't care in the community, it is a football club who has lost it's way for decades under this Chairman.
I know you know this, I was aiming at bascombe as another media bod, who blames anyone but Kenwright.
Paul Birmingham
16 Posted 24/07/2022 at
Like many supporters and thinking back to yesterday supporting the protest, there’s general concern and genuine belief by Blue blooded Evertonians, to see, the club in better times, and a proper structured plan to manage the Everton FC football business.

The club, is as good an example of how not to run a football club in recent times.

The big concern is building a fighting squad to stay up this season, and then the fact that if Everton get into BMD, a new era, who the hell is going to manage the Everton FC business effectively to be sustainable and grow the business?

Hindsight and wisdom is great but I hoping Thelwall is going to be decisive in helping Frank through this rotten mess, these next few weeks, but it’s very close to having both hands tied up on face value, in terms of the FFP constraints on Everton.

I just hope that today Everton get season me pride back at Blackpool, and enough belief and confidence to turn up and get stuck into Chelsea.

May be Ellis Simms will be sold for a few million, but that’s not going to change the dynamic this preseason.

Hope eternal but more questions, and ifs, than clear answers and plans, and the club is almost in radio silence.

Could the club be doing transfer dealings, in stealth mode to lessen interest from, other clubs?

But hope eternal.

Andrew Clare
17 Posted 24/07/2022 at
The reason being that Everton can no longer be used as a money laundering exercise because of FFP and the end of the association with the oligarch.
If FFP didn't exist and Russia hadn't gone to war we would have continued making dubious transfer dealings i.e. laundering money.
Any fool can see it. Some of our transfer dealings have been totally illogical.
It has all left us totally screwed and likely to be relegated this time.
Paul Kossoff
18 Posted 24/07/2022 at
"Frank Lampard must crack on," writes Chris Bascombe, "but, under Farhad Moshiri, nobody can be entirely sure how different this season will be from the last six."???

So to read the rest of an article on ToffeeWeb, I have to go and subscribe to The Telegraph, why is that?

Is that right? I don't think it is.

Barry Hesketh
19 Posted 24/07/2022 at
Paul @18,

I took advantage of the Telegraph's free trial, but to be honest, the piece itself wasn't really worth the hassle as it's not any different to all the other pieces surrounding Everton's financial woes.

As for TW, I'm sure the editors will agree, that they are not allowed to show copyrighted material, particularly from behind a pay-wall – but I might be wrong about that.

Dave Cashen
22 Posted 28/07/2022 at

As Barry says. You are missing nothing.

Fair play to Bascombe if he can get somebody to pay him for penning the screamingly obvious, but few Evertonians will learn anything from what he has to say.

When you consider the fanatical support we witnessed in and around the ground just a few short weeks ago, it's rather depressing to see so many of our fans feeling so flat as we enter a new season.

The fans need something back from the club. They've invested their hearts and souls for season after season and for what ?
Moshiri has repeatedly ignored their wishes. He and Kenwright have gone to well too often. Let's hope it isn't running dry

Crack on indeed Frank.

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