The board have ripped the soul out of Everton and everything it stood for has gone

29/04/2023 15comments  |  Jump to last

Over the years as a journalist covering Everton for the Liverpool Echo and now the Mail, Dominic King has defended the Everton hierarchy and Bill Kenwright from criticism but as the club fights for its Premier League life, the evidence of "years of bad decisions" has opened his eyes to the biggest problems afflicting the club.  

This article following Thursday's demoralising second-half collapse against Newcastle blames "a constant cycle of bad decisions from the board" that have been compounded by "a raft of performances that have been an affront – there is only so much misery people can take."


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Tony Everan
2 Posted 29/04/2023 at 10:48:13
It’s a traumatic read, the Mail article.

The lowest scorers in the entire four divisions, he references the continuing failure to replace Lukaku with the necessary Premier League quality, it still haunts us every single game to this day.

Stephen Davies
3 Posted 29/04/2023 at 12:25:05
Peter Carpenter
4 Posted 29/04/2023 at 13:22:14
Grim reading, yes. But we are going to be more and more in the spotlight, especially once Man City have sealed the title; 'The biggest relegation in the Premier League era.' Everyone loves watching a car crash.

Some good may come of it as it puts the spotlight firmly on the cretins, crooks, charlatans, incompetents and ego-maniacs responsible. Even their media friends, including ex-players now calling themselves pundits, will realise the truth.

Roger Helm
5 Posted 29/04/2023 at 13:37:37
As I said elsewhere, the club is actually us, the supporters. When all the crooks, charlatans, egoists, incompetents and other parasites currently infesting our club have gone, we will still be there.
John Keating
6 Posted 29/04/2023 at 13:52:35
Give King his due, although a big red, his reporting on our games was always fair.

However, like the other journos he knew where his bread was buttered and said sod all against Kenwright when he knew what was going on, à la Prentice.

Paul Hewitt
8 Posted 29/04/2023 at 15:41:05
Let's be honest, we will be missed for all of 5 minutes. We offer nothing and haven't for many years to the Premier League.
Peter Carpenter
10 Posted 29/04/2023 at 19:56:50
Paul, you're right. A highlights reel of 30 years of the Premier League will include one contribution from our club, Rooney's goal against Arsenal.
Mark Murphy
11 Posted 29/04/2023 at 20:46:04
Martin, you know I think of you as a friend but that's nonsense.

The lowest point was appointing Benitez and before that Allardyce. Dyche is what was available and what was needed in the circumstances.

Dale, Frank Lampard is a shite football coach. End of. He could go to City and fuck it up.
TV pundit.

Mark Murphy
12 Posted 29/04/2023 at 20:52:17
We could sign Emlyn Hughes, Terry McDermott and Joey fucking Jones tomorrow and Benitez would still be the worse signing Everton ever made!
Soren Moyer
13 Posted 29/04/2023 at 20:52:34
Lowest points or not, Benitez, Lampard and Dyche were all the wrong appointments. If we had a sensible, logical board, we should have appointed someone like Marcelino. Great coach by the way.
Joe McMahon
14 Posted 29/04/2023 at 21:00:55
Can I just say, I feel the lowest point in Evertons history isn't any manager (they don't hang around for decades), it's Kenwright joining the board then becoming Chairman. His personality doesn't match having the best interests of Everton. That should come first.
Paul Hewitt
15 Posted 29/04/2023 at 21:05:20
The lowest point is yet to come.
Phillip Warrington
17 Posted 29/04/2023 at 21:56:49
Everton's failure is no playing style or plan for the future, recruitment is non-existent and results in panic buying. Board members not going the extra mile – just doing what they have to and doing it badly.

Managers due to previous managers try to be too cautious and don't attack teams. Basic footballing errors are not coached out of the players who continually make the basic footballing errors of ball watching without being aware of where your opponents are.

Youth development is a joke and most promising players want to leave the club due to the club playing ageing has-beens instead of youth players.

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 30/04/2023 at 16:27:01
John (6),

Yes, King always gave a fair account of our games with one report standing out after we got trounced by WBA 4-0. He slaughtered the team after that game and during the week after the game he was accosted by Duncan Ferguson with a rolled up Echo containing that report, Duncan proceeded to hit him round the head with the Echo.

I used to phone Dominic up sometimes and I asked him after that game about his report. He told me his Everton mates told him to tell it like it was and he did. They didn't like it at the training ground and couldn't face the truth.

It was like the time the usually genial Joe Royle threatened Phil McNulty he'd do some damage to a certain part of Phil's body with a passing hedgehog after he wrote a not very flattering report about one of Everton's games.

McNulty laughed at Joe, I think he was barred from the training ground for a while. As was Chris Bascombe of the Echo after he wrote what he saw as the truth over a Liverpool game, Houlier (sic) the Liverpool manager banned him from Melwood.

Kenwright has been virtually untouchable by the Echo and, to be honest, most of the media up to now. I hope a lot more will come out now; it won't be news to quite a lot of us we've known for a long time what a complete phoney he was.

Andy Crooks
19 Posted 30/04/2023 at 20:52:41
Paul@ 15, true. As long as you can still say the lowest is yet to come, then, it has not come.

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