Everton fans are right to protest – the owners have left the club way behind

18/01/2023 8comments  |  Jump to last

"[The fans] protested for very good reason ... because when it comes to the kind of ownership that might allow a club to flourish, Everton have been left way behind and no-one with answers is willing to step up and explain," writes Ian Herbert.

"The Premier League is a world for American venture capitalists and petrol-potentates now, yet we cannot even be sure who Everton’s ultimate owner and controlling force has actually been.

"Perhaps Farhad Moshiri, the lunatic at the wheel, who has burnt through so much cash that Everton can spend no more. Perhaps Alisher Usmanov, a Putin associate currently under financial sanctions ...

"The only certainties are that Everton have a lame-duck manager, a squad no stronger than it was when this transfer window opened, three wins in 19 matches and seemingly no salvation ... "

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Barry Hesketh
1 Posted 18/01/2023 at 16:21:16
Ian Herbert for the Mail Online has written this article. It reads like a blog, so I don't know if it's an Evertonian's viewpoint or a journalist's?

Bob Carlton
2 Posted 18/01/2023 at 16:35:25
Ian Herbert is the Deputy Chief Sports Writer at the Mail and the article 100% points the finger at the real culprits (Owner and Board).

Once again, our hierarchy is losing the narrative.

Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 18/01/2023 at 21:07:01
The media focus does seem to be shifting from the supporters to the Board & owner. No doubt, they've realised that's where the more interesting story lies.
Jerome Shields
4 Posted 18/01/2023 at 21:11:19
The Daily Mail coming out in support of Evertonians, things have really changed. Kenwright & Co have lost the propaganda war with proven fake news. Moshiri will fear using Jimmy White.

Media scrutiny will intensify and Denise's attempts at PR will be exposed for the tripe it is. There are loads of sources to feed the beast. Let it lose.

Where this will end is anybody's guess but, with a moblised fanbase that is seen as genuine and admired in the media, the pressure on those that own and run Everton is going to be intense and sustained.

Simon Harrison
5 Posted 18/01/2023 at 22:03:26
Great article, and some interesting comments on the link too.
Ernie Baywood
6 Posted 18/01/2023 at 22:35:24
The Board really did shoot themselves in the foot over the last week. It's emblomatic of the terrible decisions they've made.

We can ask how they got this so pathetically wrong... but then we could ask that about a lot of things at our club. It gets to the point where isn't incredible anymore. It's pretty standard.

Between the fans and the media doing their bit, their position is completely untenable now. They'll go. But exactly how is a different question.

I suspect it will be proven that we were completely owned by Usmanov and his sanctioning speared the risky game the club were playing. Maybe the club will go into administration and be sold off at a bargain price with Usmanov losing a heck of a lot of money. The current build might get culled and demolished.

We'll be at least one league down and a shell of what we were before these people. But we'd still be here.

Jim Lloyd
7 Posted 19/01/2023 at 17:05:11
A glimmer of light in the darkness! That's one well written article. Interesting, Ernie!

I think though, that even if Usmanov "helped" Moshiri in buying the shares, it will be almost ceertain (says he!) that any transactions will have been completed above board. No reason why Usmanove can't have done the sponsorhips and Moshiri has/had the money to buy the shares. I think the stadium funding might now be more difficult. But there are rumours of various buyers/investors but its all "gone quiet over there!" as they say.

Mind you (not wishing to do a good man down!) anything with Mr Kenwright involved has always had a taint of sleaze about, eg our "good friend" Philip Greene, Loans from yhe Virgin Isles, the King's Dock, that Great Evertonian from the Phillipines or somewhere, who was going to fund EFC (the Money's in the Bank) the move to a virtually free world class stadium in Kirkby!! I don't know why I'm worrying about any murky waters involving our club!!!

Nah, I'm not worried, honest! I'm not worried....

Dupont Koo
8 Posted 19/01/2023 at 23:32:50
Only until the 20th anniversary of the King's Dock Con put up by Kenwright, did a Mainstream Media point the guns towards the Club's ownership. How so sad that is.

Nevertheless, we need to muster up all the help we can get against the Board. So, this article certainly helps.

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