Everton are engulfed in a civil war that could have a catastrophic end

20/01/2023 11comments  |  Jump to last

Andy Hunter cuts to the heart of the chaos at Everton and spares no one in a fine piece at The Guardian:

"It is too charitable to describe Everton as a club in crisis. A crisis can be solved with the right people in charge.

"In just over a week they have been accused of dictating managerial policy by Farhad Moshiri, the erratic owner who thought Sam Allardyce and Rafael Benítez were a good idea, and of threatening, violent and misogynistic behaviour towards members of the board by their own club.

"The upshot of this counterproductive debacle is that Everton have made their own manager’s job – and, by extension, their own prospects of avoiding relegation – more difficult. They have also exposed how Everton are run, and why there is such a clamour for Moshiri to sell up or impose the changes that were needed at the top when he bought into the club."

» Read the full article at The Guardian

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Rich Howlin
1 Posted 20/01/2023 at 22:39:02
Phil McNulty on the BBC just wrote the best summary on the state of the club. I think some of the media have been onto Bill's Shit Show for a while now. The board's attempts to vilify the fans are falling apart.

Dennis Stevens
2 Posted 20/01/2023 at 22:47:24
The narrative that Everton's passionate supporters helped to carry the team across the line to safety last season makes the current accusations of violence and toxicity ring rather hollow.
Don Alexander
3 Posted 20/01/2023 at 23:11:37
Total respect that the UK's foremost investigative newspaper is now after a mere quarter century reflecting slivers of the hiding-in-plain-sight malpractices of Kenwright and the numpty he allowed to acquire us, to the benefit only of his own vast personal wealth.

And that's not a threat - it's an opinion.

Danny Baily
4 Posted 20/01/2023 at 23:19:49
If results were going our way, we'd be considered well run. It's all about results.

Our most pressing problems are on the field, not off it.

Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 20/01/2023 at 23:37:57
Just listened to The Athletic Greg O’Keeffe podcast since that journal was referenced by The Guardian. He says no one knew any of this until about midday the club press office released the threat statement to all the press there at the time which was him, The Echo, Sky and a few foreign outlets. They asked for further details and a senior Everton press officer said Denise had been approached by a stranger at a recent game and placed in a headlock by the fan.

So this story wasn’t just Bill’s leaks it was the press office also. Greg said the Athletic messed up by not attributing the claim to the club, and likewise their social media team later made the same mistake — something The Guardian refers to. The attribution is the key issue to me since it was presented as fact and he admits that was an error.

That apart, the club have refused any further comment other than a press officer saying Denise didn’t want to get the fan into trouble by involving the law. That is the kicker to me. If someone puts you in a headlock you tell the police because they could do it or worse to someone else. The fact they didn’t and have refused all requests to elaborate makes a mockery of the allegation

Lyndon Lloyd
6 Posted 20/01/2023 at 23:44:56
The press office puts out the hierarchy's message, though, Kieran. They are peddling the Board's message; they won't have come up with this narrative off their own backs.
Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 21/01/2023 at 00:05:20

what I meant was that I’m surprised Bill involved them (PR staff) rather than just his usual whispering campaign. This was done through the proper channels per se which makes the fact it doesn’t withstand scrutiny more ridiculous though it does explain why the press were inclined to initially believe it

Pete Clarke
8 Posted 21/01/2023 at 02:02:23
Danny. It’s not just about the teams results right now. Do we think the odd win here and there with this awful squad would make us a well run club? That’s a Kenwright mentality right there.
Any club that wastes millions on Sam Allardyce, Benitez, Maupay, Rondon, Niasse, Doucouré, Bolasie, Tosun, Josh King, Ramirez, Sidibe, Martina, Drenthe, Schneiderlin, Funes Moro and the list goes on deserves to be in our position.
This threat of relegation has been hanging around us for years because the people who run Everton are not up to running a football club and also now hell bent on destroying the fabric of the club which is us.
There are much bigger issues than the present threat of relegation. The reason Lampard has not been sacked plus no new signings tell us that we’re hamstrung by FFP rules.
How can it be that between a Billionaire top level chartered accountant who owns our club and a chairman with 20 years experience of ownership and being chairman that we are joint bottom of the league having spent hundreds of millions ?
This problem goes very very deep into the whole running of the club and we could end up being punished just like Rangers were a few years ago if we step over that line.
Joe Corgan
9 Posted 21/01/2023 at 02:19:41
Just last week this website referred to The Guardian’s anti-Everton articles, published over the last twenty years.

You know you’ve passed the point of no return when that same Guardian publishes an article firmly placing the finger of blame on the people running the club, especially when it also almost exonerates the fans from any wrongdoing in this ‘civil war.’

Jerome Shields
10 Posted 21/01/2023 at 14:48:13
I think it is fair to say that the Club's present regime have now thoroughly lost the PR war they launched.

It is ironic that incident in the Director's box where the party involved meant no harm, and was probably surprised by the reaction he got, should be the source of fake news.The offended party notnbeen able to claim harrisment, never mind assault as a result of this incidence. It is even more ironic that the source of the fake news was a member in the Directors box, close to Kenwright and on the same What's App group as a ex footballer Ian Wright.

The even bigger irony is the resignation of this individual would do enormous harm to the Board and enormous harm to the Club, even more than the leak, which no Evertonian would want.

Paul Kossoff
11 Posted 21/01/2023 at 19:17:21
Fkg Guardian again! I wish the more than capable people who run this site would stop using the Guardians as an easy filler.
They haven't exactly been nice to Everton have they?
They are about as pro Everton as the red echo.
I won't read it or anything else the Guardian write. Coyb.

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