Joorabchian rejects notion he has outsized influence at Everton

25/01/2023 27comments  |  Jump to last

Infamous player agent and facilitator Kia Joorabchian says that his relationship with Everton is only a small part of what he and his operation do and he denies that he has played a significant role in decisions like the hiring of managers at Goodison Park.

Joorabchian's name has become synonymous with the meddling in transfers and controversial managerial appointments at Everton due to his close relationship with fellow Iranian Farhad Moshiri.

The unease among supporters surrounding his influence over Moshiri peaked a year ago when he recommended his client Vitor Pereira for the vacant head coach role following the sacking of Rafael Benitez but under a more collegiate decision-making proceess, Frank Lampard was chosen instead.

In a call with Simon Jordan and Jim White on TalkSport this morning, Joorabchian confirmed that he had put Pereira's name forward for the Everton job but suggested that CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale in particular had been influential in pushing for Lampard instead.

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He admitted that Anwar El Ghazi had been his doing but also claimed to have suggested players like Bruno Guimaraes and Militao to the club before they were expensive targets and Everton passed on them. 



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Alec Gaston
1 Posted 25/01/2023 at 15:19:06
Moshiri is really going all out to try to show the fans he doesn’t make all the decisions
Clive Rogers
2 Posted 25/01/2023 at 16:53:24
In the words of Mandy Rice-Davies, well he would wouldn’t he.
Good football comment.
Michael Lynch
3 Posted 25/01/2023 at 16:56:32
"I offered them Messi for a tenner before he went to PSG. Barrett-Baxendale said he was good, but he was no Dwight McNeil".

To almost quote Will Smith "Get the name of my club out of your mouth".

What a tosser.

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 25/01/2023 at 16:58:11
Barrett-Baxendale only picked Lampard cos she fancied him.

I bet Christine is feeling safer now.

Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 25/01/2023 at 17:01:47
Definitely sounds like there has been a split in the Everton boardroom but why can't Moshiri just get rid of Bill Kenwright?

It doesn't matter who Everton appoint, unless the back of the house can manage what's in the front of the house (or words to that effect) is what he said. So, if Moshiri was listening to him, then Kenwright would have been dismissed, unless he really is unsackable.

Michael Barrett
6 Posted 25/01/2023 at 17:01:58
Did anyone catch that Simon Jordan interview this morning with Kia Joorabchian, the super agent... he has thrown a hand grenade into our pitiful situation.

Now we know who really pulls the strings at Goodison!

Colin Glassar
7 Posted 25/01/2023 at 17:09:28
He’s probably got some dirt on him, Tony.
Kevin Molloy
8 Posted 25/01/2023 at 17:16:30
It's good to know that Denise is playing a key role in these appointments. I was worried for a while back there.
Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 25/01/2023 at 17:27:34
Definitely, Colin, but it's still sickening to think that Kenwright is still not prepared to leave for the good of our club. Not sickening to me or you, Colin, because we have been aware of this dirty, deceitful, horrible conniver for years.

But if this Kia is telling the truth, then why was Denise Barrett-Baxendale involved in anything regarding anything when she had allegedly been looking for alternative employment around this time and for quite a while?

Kenwright and Barrett-Baxendale = nepotistic poison – people who have always been more concerned about themselves rather than the good of Everton, imo.

Peter Carpenter
10 Posted 25/01/2023 at 18:08:02
Does anyone believe a single word any of these people say?
Kieran Kinsella
11 Posted 25/01/2023 at 18:20:42
Funny thing is, just yesterday we saw the interview with Moshiri where he tried to divert all questions related to football to the DoF.

Now, Kia is saying Bill & Denise call the shots on signings etc.

Jerome Shields
12 Posted 25/01/2023 at 18:25:36
Tony #5

That is the question that keeps coming up all the time. Why is Kenwright getting a bye for all Everton's failings?

When Pereira shot himself in the foot, Barrett-Baxendale made a public pronouncement in support of Lampard. IMO, Kenwright was being this, because he did not like Moshiri and Joorabchian appointing a manager he had no say in.

Actually, for a guy who says he was no real influence, he is giving evidence to the contrary. Maybe he even wants to distance himself from hapless Everton.

Barry Hesketh
13 Posted 25/01/2023 at 18:38:07
Kieran @10,

Apart from Sharpy's interview with the Mirror, defending Barrett-Baxendale, we haven't heard much from the two day-to-day leaders. Obviously Bill got door-stepped at West Ham, but he didn't say much in reality.

Perhaps, more things are happening behind the scenes than we think, because in Moshiri's interview, it didn't sound like a guy who only wanted to spend 5% of his time on the club. Trouble is trying to identify the truths from the untruths... it ain't easy.

Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 25/01/2023 at 18:55:38
Kieran said on another thread that 15% of successful people are psychopaths, and that is exactly how I'm now beginning to view Bill Kenwright, Jerome.

Forget about Everton because Bill has been very successful, and he's also going nowhere, simply because none of our current problems are down to him.

Maybe his life is one big act, but this nepotistic lunatic, has got skin like a Rhinoceros, and something tells me that he's not a bit bothered that he's now hated by a lot of people, simply because his life has been a complete success.

His shoes no longer have holes in their soles, and if the soul has been ripped out of Everton, it's definitely been done by a fanbase with very short memories of what Bill has done for our once-great club over many years.

It was truly sickening that he couldn't attend last week's game, and if fans had any decency, they would stop going after this fantastic board and turn their attentions to a man who he should never have let anywhere near Everton. This is the only mistake Bill has made.

Kieran Kinsella
15 Posted 25/01/2023 at 18:55:46

The fact he says he records every fan comment in his diary surely means he is on Everton business 24/7? That diary will be quite a strange keepsake for his offspring.

"Today had lunch at the office then read that 400 people think I am involved with gangsters, 600 hundred said Bill Kenwright is a fraud, one man called me a busted flush."

Justin Doone
16 Posted 25/01/2023 at 18:59:49
It's hard to believe but I do think they all want the best for Everton. The problem is they don't know what is best for Everton and they certainly don't know it does not involve them.
Iain Johnston
17 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:24:49
Apparently it'll be Thelwell who decides on the new manager. It's all part of this 'strategic review'.


Mike Heritage
18 Posted 25/01/2023 at 2023/01/25 : 19:29:17
The signings of players not good enough has been a major problem at Everton for years. You cannot blame the Board entirely.

Surely Thelwell is heavily behind the signing of Maupay and McNeil for huge sums. Why is he retained?

Brent Stephens
19 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:39:52
Mike #17

"You cannot blame the Board entirely. Surely Thelwell is heavily behind the signing of Maupay and McNeil for huge sums. Why is he retained?"

There's a point in the interview with Moshiri where he is implicitly critical of the signings and Thelwell.

Nick Armitage
20 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:08:34
"Denise Barrett-Baxendale in particular had been influential in pushing for Lampard instead."

She may be an effective CEO in some capacity, but what expertise does she have that qualified her to pick a manager as poor as him?

I've always said this about Kenwright, Moshiri is doing the same and now Denise is in on the act. Self-perpetuating stupidity.

Soren Moyer
21 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:21:04
Joorabchian has revealed today that Guimaraes was offered to us 3 years ago for £11M but we did not like him and went ahead with Gbamin deal!!!

It makes you wonder, who made that decision!?

Jason Hewly
22 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:21:29
I don't believe Barrett-Baxendale was pushing for anyone off her own bat. Lampard was the overwhelming favourite amongst the fans, though God knows why. Maybe xenophobia.

Slagging off Moshiri for having a good link to one of the planet's super agents is stupid. We need these people on our side, even if there are a few quid pro quos that don't appear to have an immediate benefit on the surface. This is how the business works.

Gary Johnson
24 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:40:13
So Ed’s, it’s ok for Jason to call an entire fanbase “xenophobic” for wanting an a manager who happened to be English, but my comment calling him out on it is removed? Seriously?
Joe McMahon
25 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:55:05
Jason@21 or maybe its because Frank Lampard was well respected in the game, and always came across as very likeable. That's why I wanted him, and I'm disappointed for him and us it didn't work out. If he had Koemans or even Eddie Howes transfer budget, we wouldn't be where we are now.
Jason Hewly
26 Posted 25/01/2023 at 21:28:35
Gary, your comment shouldn't have been removed, even if you did completely misread what I said. I can easily defend myself against you.

Joe @24
I just don't see it. He had a good budget at Derby. And didn't he get a transfer window at Chelsea without an embargo(?) and didn't do enough. He knows how to milk a crowd, but I've seen nothing from him that would make me want him as a manager.

How about this for a what-could-have-been, giving Marco Silva the January window to correct our midfield after the Gbamin injury would have been a good move.

Gary Johnson
27 Posted 25/01/2023 at 21:33:31
Jason - your comment should be removed. Calling our own fanbase Xenophobic for backing one of the only two English managers in the last decade isn't just abhorrent, it’s outright offensive. Calling others “feral” for being scouse is just as bad. You are lucky you did either from behind your keyboard, if you’d said that in any pub in Liverpool you’d be flat on your back and rightly so.
Jason Hewly
28 Posted 25/01/2023 at 21:50:25
Gary @26

I'm scouse. Born and bred in Kirkby. I'm calling the feral idiots who chase young players down the street while screaming abuse "feral idiots". That's not controversial. They were out of order. I don't know why you're trying to pretend that my criticism of them somehow besmirches every Scouser. It doesn't.

The Xenophobic comment comes from thinking that an Englishman has an advantage because he's English. That stands as that was exactly the view put forward, and it has been proven to be complete bollocks.

And don't worry about me, I've held my own wherever I've been.

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