Graeme Sharp's Everton exile is a sad, sorry tale.

20/05/2023 89comments  |  Jump to last

In the Mail, Dominic King talks up the sad and sorry tale of Graeme Sharp's 'exile' from Goodison Park since the fateful day when security fears were cited to justify the Board's absence from any further home games so far this season.

Sharp, a modest man who has never wallowed in the nostalgia or displayed the memorabilia of his playing career at his home, is deeply hurt that he hasn’t been able to watch Everton since January 21 at the London Stadium. 

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Peter Mills
1 Posted 20/05/2023 at 07:34:43
A cynic might suspect someone at the club is behind this piece of “journalism”.
Peter Carpenter
2 Posted 20/05/2023 at 07:46:18
A rubbish, sob-story article which doesn't make the slightest attempt to examine the reasons for Sharp's current unpopularity.
Jim Lloyd
3 Posted 20/05/2023 at 07:57:17
Dominic King used to write the Everton columns in the Echo. Rumour has it he's an Evertonian. Whether he is or not, this article is weighted to say that we, the supporters have banished him. Well, I think Mr King has pointed out that of all the banners he mentioned one said "Sharp Out."

I seem to remember it was Sharp who responded to the Everton protests with a sentence or two. He'd have shown he supported the fans, as well as the players, if he turned up to matches. The supporters are doing their best to support our team fight relegation and it wasn't the supporters who advised him to stay away.

Anyway, if Sharp want's to, there is nothing to stop him coming to Goodison, or to the training ground and show his support, along with all the other Blues, to see the lads off.

Let's have it right, "security advice" to the board deemed it wise to stay away, after the Blonde bombshell was reputedly gripped in a headlock; and threats were "supposedly" issued to that useless Chairman.

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 20/05/2023 at 07:58:02
Sharpy made his own bed so now he can sleep in it. I'm sure if he had turned up at Goodison in January, he'd have taken his seat after a few boos and we'd have all moved on.

But he decided to align himself with Kenwright and Little Miss Liar so sod him. He could've “stepped down” from the board but he opted to cling to Bill and Co. His choice.

Mike Hayes
5 Posted 20/05/2023 at 08:01:03
His legacy as a player isn't tarnished – it's his silence on the board; but then again, who is going to bite the hand that feeds them?

I would imagine that, if a takeover is on the cards and this board is hopefully got rid of, he'll probably never set foot in Goodison Park again – nor in the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

Tony Everan
6 Posted 20/05/2023 at 08:09:02
An article for another day, has it been put out to divert focus? There’s more important things to think about.
Mike Hayes
7 Posted 20/05/2023 at 08:18:08
Tony Everan - looks like a Bullshit Bill smoke screen.

Us fans will be right behind the team these last two games to get us safe. Then start on the idiots on the board.

If the 777 take over is true, it's bye bye bullshitters but if it's MSP investment then the idiots may get to stay… who knows? It's all down to Moshiri – the biggest idiot Everton have ever been saddled with. 🤷💙

Mick O'Malley
8 Posted 20/05/2023 at 08:31:50
I loved him as a player and always will but, let's be honest, what does he bring to the table in the boardroom? What does he actually do?

Is it just because he's an ex-Everton player? That doesn't seem to be much of a reason for a seat on the board. It's Bullshit Bill and his nepotism; if we are taken over, we need real leadership and drive, a vision aligned through the club, one where everyone is on the same page. These relegation fights must not be allowed to become the norm.

Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 20/05/2023 at 08:43:13
Nothing would surprise me about certain people in the highest echelons of power at Goodison but if anyone of them is behind such a one-sided article, produced on the day the team is about to play its most important game of this season, then it would be just another sickening embarrassment to add to a very long list of sickening embarrassments.

There is a major witch-hunt going on in the media towards Everton but very few people should have an axe to grind against the very loyal and passionate Evertonians. And bringing Kenny Dalgish and Bobby Charlton into this article, was truly nauseating, Dominic. 🤮

I genuinely didn't even think about anything being cynical, Peter, just believing it was a horrible biased red bastard writing something at the wrong time, even though “he definitely knows better”.

Although most things being written about Everton recently, are starting with the Daily Mail doesn't mean that is not a coincidence, but on a day when only the football should matter, I find it absolutely sickening to read such an article that is at best just full of half-truths.

Brian Williams
10 Posted 20/05/2023 at 09:00:44
I get that Moshiri has made many mistskes but I really don't get the level of dislike or hatred for him which rivals the level towards Kenwright.

Moshiri did bankroll the stadium and he did put his money where his mouth was. He just didn't see through Bullshit Bill. He's not the first, and I bet he's not the last.

Ray Roche
11 Posted 20/05/2023 at 09:08:01
Jim @3

I used to read Echo articles in those days, I'm pretty sure King is a massive Red.

He's certainly a massive prick.

Steve Brown
12 Posted 20/05/2023 at 09:08:22
Bill wept as he dictated this article to Dominic King.
Paul Hewitt
13 Posted 20/05/2023 at 09:22:41
I would think Sharp regrets ever being appointed to the board.
Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 20/05/2023 at 09:34:16
It's worrying, Steve, because he must obviously think there is still a way back into Everton, and it's us stupid, horrible supporters who are the only thing that is wrong with our club.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 20/05/2023 at 09:48:00
It's frustrating to read such an article on the morning of such an important game for the team and the fans but, as Tony (6) says, today is more important. Sharp and the board can be discussed when the season is over.
Mike Doyle
16 Posted 20/05/2023 at 09:56:33
Steve #12, I think you've nailed it.

According to this article, Graeme Sharp is the club's “Greatest Living Player” which will come as news to my generation who'll be checking to see if Neville Southall has died, or my older cousins who will be checking the status of Colin Harvey. If my father was still alive, he'd be asking if Tony Kay (better than Alan Ball in his opinion) had passed on.

Another one-sided piece that reads like a press release designed to generate sympathy for the board assisted by a “friendly” reporter.

I won't use the term 'journalist' as a journalist would have brought some balance to the article.

I doubt many supporters have any grievance with Sharp as they know he has no authority or decision-making power.

That said, perhaps we can all get back to the big issue of the day… the “feud” between Phil & Holly. Apparently it's trending on social media (and in The Sun) so must be true!

John Keating
17 Posted 20/05/2023 at 09:58:06
Ray 11, Spot on.

As far as I know, though being the Blues correspondent at the Echo I'm almost positive he is a red – and after this piece of shite journalism – right again, a prick!

John Charles
18 Posted 20/05/2023 at 10:07:02
What a load of bollox.

I liked Sharp – I was stood on the Kop as he scored that screamer! But greatest living Evertonian?

Anyway, spank Wolves today… Leeds and Leicester lose…
Job done and then we can really start asking for the whole board to go!

Stephen Meighan
19 Posted 20/05/2023 at 10:23:27
Just read that article. What a load of one-sided journalism I've ever read. Graeme Sharp could've walked away from his position and supported the fans and he still would've been regarded as a legend at the club.

But no, he decided to side with the teary one and Little Miss Dynamite. Got no time for the man who actually said about the fans' protests: "One man and his dog." COYB.

Joe McMahon
20 Posted 20/05/2023 at 10:28:33
As I have said before, in 2006, I was in one of the lounges, and Graeme Sharp came to our table, and sat next to me. I asked him a question about his opinion on the lack of goals and Moyes's persistence with one striker upfront, when it needed 2. He ignored me and spoke to someone else.

I realised then he's just a Kenwright puppet. Kevin Ratcliffe was also in the lounge, someone I have far more respect for!

Jim Lloyd
21 Posted 20/05/2023 at 10:35:27
Hahaha, Ray :) 11) Couldn't have put it better... spot on!
John Daley
22 Posted 20/05/2023 at 11:09:35
“…there is a gigantic pictorial tribute to the men who set the standards. Alex Young, ‘The Golden Vision' as he was known, starts the sequence. To his right, follow Dave Hickson, Bob Latchford and Dixie Dean before Joe Royle completes the line. The image that really catches your eye, though, is the man who we have not yet named: Graeme Sharp

Dixie Dean, on a pre-season tour of Germany, refused to give the Nazi salute prior to kick-off, despite being under instruction to do so and standing in front of the leader of the fucking Gestapo.

Alex Young played with balletic grace despite having to get through games with the bottom of his feet feeling like some bell had shoved bubble wrap down his socks.

Dave Hickson was smashed to bits more often than that Dale Winton of droids Chewbacca carted around on his back, but simply carried on about his business. He even played for the red shite but never had to be reticent about attending games at Goodison.

A 16-year-old Joe Royle saw his manager being jostled in a car park by Everton fans for choosing to select him ahead of Alex Young, yet he never took it personal, or held it against those he performed for as firstly player, then manager and still sits amongst as fellow supporter.

Graeme Sharp spotted his face flapping about on one flimsy banner outside the ground and fled Goodison forever faster than General Horatio Gates.

Kevin Molloy
23 Posted 20/05/2023 at 11:19:39
There are a couple of disturbing aspects to this article.

First is, it's just not true. Sharp isn't moping around, forever cast out and depressed. He made a clear-eyed decision to take the money and back the board a few months ago when he criticised the fans for putting the CEO in 'a headlock', and doesn't seem the sort of character to be overcome with emotion.

Second, and worse is that the people who put this article out know before it hits the press that it won't wash with the fans. They know this. So why are they doing it? I would say it is PR for the board (hiding behind Sharp's previous stellar reputation), but it is not directed towards the fans, it is directed outwards towards the wider world. It is Kenwright saying "We the board, including Sharpie, have been wronged. And yet still we love them."

I suspect that, for the first time, Kenwright fears he may be losing the PR battle out there. He knows there are now pundits on TV who think he's to blame (see even Carragher). this is all part of a campaign, no doubt cos they realise they are going to be losing their positions in the next few months, and they want to get their story out there. And they know it will have guaranteed traction on so important a day. Deeply cynical stuff, and shows Bill really doesn't care for the club at all. The gloves are well and truly off now.

If you were a total rotter, but wanted to defend yourself, what would you do? Cloak yourself in reflected goodness. Remember FIFA's 'no to racism'? Like Sepp Blatter gave a rat's arse. But it was still an effective campaign. And here's our one.

Kenwright knows he's been a disgrace, so what does he do? Gets someone on the Board, with impeccable credentials, and then leads the defence of his actions through this lightning rod. And the lightning rod is well paid for his sacrifice.

Will Mabon
24 Posted 20/05/2023 at 12:27:42
Oh, so patronizing.

Simply another reminder of how gullible those in mainstream media believe the population and readership to be. It should've been their downfall decades ago. It's coming but too slowly.

This article has had the opposite effect: Brilliant. Nice timing too.

Christine Foster
25 Posted 20/05/2023 at 12:34:00
Ok Mr Sharp, fully understand that you want to do the right thing, but can I suggest the following:

1. Resign from the board. At this rate it will be dissolved anyway in a few weeks if new owners are brought in. Doing so buys you a way back, it buys you a modicum of respect.. even if it was a long time coming.

2. Front up to the supporters / shareholders, Toffee TV, I don't care who, but explain your perspective on why you stayed and why you left.

3. Apologise for the hurt you have done in siding with a regime that condemned and denounced fans.

4. Take a seat in the stands, not the Directors Box and show your support for the team and supporters.

Then you might, just might, find that the fans of Everton FC still respect you.

Kevin Molloy
26 Posted 20/05/2023 at 12:45:41
the more I reflect on that article the more it is winding me up. It is pretty blistering criticism of the entire fanbase, and it is based on a falsehood. Sharp is in the doghouse because he very clearly picked the wrong side in a slander against the fans. But even then, the fans haven't banned him from attending Goodison. He banned himself when he allied himself to the Board. it's his decision not to attend games, and his alone. And yet King heaps the whole blame on the fanbase cos of what, one fucking banner?. that's pretty disgraceful.
And can you imagine him daring to do that with the red hordes. Taking them to town over something so publicly? He wouldn't do that in a million years.
Paul Tran
27 Posted 20/05/2023 at 12:46:37
Not a week goes by without someone asking me why Evertonians feel so strongly about Kenwright 'after all the money he's put into the club'.

They all get told, factually and succinctly.

Same with Sharp, same with the CEO.

John Keating
28 Posted 20/05/2023 at 12:48:16
Far too late I’m afraid Christine
Barry Rathbone
29 Posted 20/05/2023 at 13:44:52
Honestly can't see why people are moaning the piece seems to sum up the situation pretty well.

There seems an idea Sharp should down tools and join with the protests, well, surely that is contingent on protestors being right. But is the assertion BK &co as architects of our present position irrefutably fact?

Is it possible they've railed against the Moshiri madness but to no avail?

Who knows?

And that's the point.

People beyond the inner sanctum have no idea who or what has caused this calamity and it is distinctly possible Sharp has no responsibility in the matter. But why let rational thought get in the way of a good old scapegoating

Kieran Kinsella
30 Posted 20/05/2023 at 13:45:08
Funny thing about “no opinion” Sharp is I recall being annoyed in Martinez tenure ran an interview with him after we’d conceded a late goal and Sharp said “We would have won if Moyes was still in charge” which I thought was a terrible way of using his clout to undermine a new manager even if he thought it was true. But he said, the club published it and seemingly that was OK. Now suddenly sugar wouldn’t melt in his mouth.
Dave Abrahams
31 Posted 20/05/2023 at 13:57:56
Barry (29), Barry why don’t you give it a rest on a day like today!!
Barry Rathbone
32 Posted 20/05/2023 at 13:59:36
Dave 31

Curtail free speech?

You picked the wrong guy regardless of what day it is.

Dave Abrahams
33 Posted 20/05/2023 at 14:02:21
Barry (32) Curtail free speech? Save the debate for another day, it’s a day for one thing only to the majority of fans.
Jim Bennings
34 Posted 20/05/2023 at 19:57:33
If Sharp was a true Evertonian, he would have walked away from the mess this club's in and said to the owner and chairman that he didn't want any part of it.

Just another Kenwright charlatan.

Peter Gorman
35 Posted 20/05/2023 at 20:45:32
If anyone says black, Barry just has to say white. It's got to be pathological.

That article was the biggest crock of shite.

Ray Jacques
36 Posted 20/05/2023 at 21:15:13
Shit article.

Sharp can come out and show his colours instead of riding the gravy train.

Philip Bunting
37 Posted 20/05/2023 at 22:49:53
When Sharp went into the boardroom, all I wanted and hoped for was someone that would represent the fans, get their point of view across, stand up to those making the bad calls, and to fall back and call out those issues if all else failed.

What we perceive to see is none of the above but a yes-man. That's the sorry bit... Yes, he is still one of us and will always be. But please, call it as you see it, Sharpy – be vocal, upset the apple cart if you have to.

Si Cooper
38 Posted 20/05/2023 at 23:59:02
“Is it possible they've railed against the Moshiri madness but to no avail?” – er, no, that isn't remotely possible because there would be absolutely no need for that to have never been revealed, which it hasn't.

What would be the purpose of keeping quiet about it, Barry? Their role is to advise and to keep the club healthy and reasonably successful. If they are prevented from doing that, they should do the next best thing; walk out and expose the whole sorry mess.

If you are going to pose a counter view, at least make it rational.

Joshua Steadman
39 Posted 21/05/2023 at 06:35:29
The Mail, like the Echo has always been willing to do Kenwrights bidding. Remember that syrupy article from the fat bloat, about 11 years ago when the first protest marches started against Kenwright? Condescendingly informing the fans what a great guy boys pen Bill was and how lucky we were to have him? Gobshite. King is a red.
As for Sharp, I remember an entitled prick, who along with Ratcliffe and Snodin bullied the new players, undermining there ability and criticizing Harvey for buying "rubbish" this from a guy who states he owed everything to Harvey!! Some way of showing gratitude. He did very little in his last 3 years at the club, similar to the other two.
I doubt he has bought a ticket for a game since he retired. He somehow got the fans liaison position when Parkinson left, which was a joke - he used to speak to the fans after games like shit. Yes I witnessed his interactions on numerous occasions. Isn't he also on a decent salary for his "role"?
Kunal Desai
40 Posted 21/05/2023 at 09:35:58
Sharp was an Everton great during his playing days, an era when the finanicial rewards were very much limited.
Now he is getting paid handsomly on a board for which he exactly has to do deliver what???
He's towed the party line for the gravy. That's all

Once the new owners are onboard he'll be forgotten and in all likliness will disappear into thin air.

Andrew Grey
41 Posted 21/05/2023 at 09:44:45
Kunai - 40

His job on the board at Everton is an unpaid non executive position.

Julie Naybour
42 Posted 21/05/2023 at 20:20:53
Have no doubt my opinion is in the minority as usual on here but debating exactly the status of Graeme Sharp is itrelevant
He is a legend, servant, and ambassador for the club. I doubt he has played any strategic part in the chaos we find ourselves in. And to see him treated as he has veen is shameful. Breaks my heart to see people turn on their own.

As if he could say anything to make a difference at this present time!!!!

Mike Hayes
43 Posted 21/05/2023 at 20:31:53
Julie Naybour- his “One man and his dog”reference to the fans protest was the start of tarnishing his reputation - then skulking away at the races instead of being at Goodison to get behind the team did the rest of the damage - he would have been better off saying nothing. And if it’s a non paid role on the board why hasn’t he walked especially in the wake of “Headlock Gate”? He has become part of the problem at board level so why not salvage some dignity and walk away?
Chris Leyland
44 Posted 21/05/2023 at 20:37:16
Julian, funny you don’t see it the other way round i.e.Sharp has ‘turned on his own’ - us the fans, the very people who idolised him as a player.

As for him supposedly playing no part in the mess we find ourselves in - the man is a company director of Everton Football club Limited. He therefore has the same legal and fiduciary duty as any other director for the running of the club and the state we are in.

It therefore breaks my heart that one of my heroes has become a corporate sell-out, more interested in retaining his seat on the board and toadying up to Kenwright that doing the right thing.

He’s made his bed and now he can lie in it. That shouldn’t be to hard for him giving that lying is the one thing that this current board excel at.

Pete Neilson
45 Posted 21/05/2023 at 20:38:46
It’s a Dominic King article so no surprise on the toadyism towards our self pitying board, it’s what he does. Sharp made his choice, it’s a self imposed exile. Wouldn’t have even had to resign from the board, just turn up to the game. Would’ve made interesting grounds for dismissal if that’s what the club tried. It’s a shame but he’s made his bed.
Jerome Shields
46 Posted 21/05/2023 at 20:56:17
Andrew #41

Does he get paid as Ambassador for the Club.As a Director he would get expenses Make a you wonder what his motivation is.It must have always been a strange fish.

The Mail is really obsessed by Everton.Dominic King was always a good outlet for Barret Baxendale.You would nearly think she wrote the article.Wonder who leaked Headgate on the Whats App group, that Wrightie is a member of.

Julie Naybour
47 Posted 22/05/2023 at 00:50:03
Totally agree Barry Rathbone. This debacle has been in the making for several years. Sharp has been on the board for less than 2. I am sure he's had no part in spending huge sums on crap players.

I've met him several times and his wife. They're good people, do a lot for the charity, and have Everton at their heart.

Yet people expect him to give up his livelihood and walk away from the
Club he loves, for what??

To have no further input. We have no idea what he says or does on the board

And as for turning up every week to face toxic aggression, I don't blame him

But yes, if people want to justify their behaviour so they can continue to make a scapegoat out of true Everton legend, carry on - sad day

Ernie Baywood
48 Posted 22/05/2023 at 01:14:35
Julie, Sharp knows this club and know the fanbase. He could have turned up at games. He knows he could have done.

Instead he aligned himself with headlockgate and stayed away in solidarity with a board that publicly targeted the club's fans.

His status as a player is forever and I'm sure he's a nice bloke. His current role involves supporting people who are ruining the club and targeting its own fanbase.

I agree it's a sad state of affairs. But Sharp's situation is no sadder than the state this club is in. It's nowhere near it.

Mark Andersson
49 Posted 22/05/2023 at 06:50:05
Sad sate of affairs, that this once proud and respected football club and it's fans have now become a laughing stock.

Stan Grace
50 Posted 22/05/2023 at 07:25:43
The owner and board are a laughing stock. The football club and it's fans are not.
Chris Hockenhull
51 Posted 22/05/2023 at 07:44:04
Peter. 1. My thoughts exactly when I read this on Saturday morning. This is the second time in weeks we’ve been subjected to rather odd inflammatory press on the dawn of very important. It smell of someone manipulating things with a teary slant of “ someone’s got it in for me they’re planting stories in the press “……??
Matt Traynor
52 Posted 22/05/2023 at 07:48:40
Sharp gets a pass from me, because I still remember what he did as a player. Gordon Lee signed him from Dumbarton, as one of 2 potential strikers. The other one being at Chester who went on to spoil many a Derby match for us. Graeme did me a huge favour when I was living in Singapore, by helping arrange for Tim Cahill to spend an evening with our Singapore supporters club. One email, reply back within 15 minutes. That was when he was fans liaison officer. Be in no doubt he is as upset about our performances, but he has no ability to change that situation.

BTW, I asked Ian Rush if he thought he could've played with Sharpy, had Gordon Lee done what I thought he should've done and signed both. Rush thought about it for 3 seconds and said "We'd have won everything ".

For those of you going v Bournemouth, get behind the team and get us over the line. I'll be sweating like a blind lesbian in a fish market, watching from behind my sofa here in sunny Philippines.

Eric Myles
53 Posted 22/05/2023 at 07:54:35
Julie #47 "And as for turning up every week to face toxic aggression, I don't blame him"

By facing toxic aggression for turning up I assume you mean from his fellow board members.

'Cos the tone of the posts on this, and several other threads, is that Sharp would have maintained the respect of the fans if only he had shown up to a game, instead of going to watch a horse race for example.

Danny O’Neill
54 Posted 22/05/2023 at 07:54:35
I've read this and won't over-analyse.

My instinctive thoughts.

I idolised Graeme Sharp in those glory years.

After Kevin Sheedy, it was a close and undecidable decision between Sharp and Peter Reid.

I'll never forget the player and his goals that won us trophies.

But to be part of a system that has vilified the supporters and not spoken out?

I thought of a few words to describe my feelings to this.

On Sharp, disappointment at his submissiveness, compliance and silence.

On the Mail article, turning it back on the supporters. We are not the instigator of this failure. We have backed them beyond belief and are, quite frankly, now tired and exhausted.

Fuck them. We've been doing this on our own for several months. We don't need them or their media supporters.

Visit to the swear box.

Derek Thomas
55 Posted 22/05/2023 at 07:59:28
Matt @52; The lad is over there this weekend, it's a business thing so I presume it's Manilla. Do you know if there's a place that will be showing it or failing that a reliable 'local' stream.
One of the guys he works with is a Leeds fan - so somebody is going to be disappointed
Eric Myles
56 Posted 22/05/2023 at 08:09:09
Barry #29 "But is the assertion BK &co as architects of our present position irrefutably fact?
Is it possible they've railed against the Moshiri madness but to no avail?"

Our status has been incrementally declining since before Moshiri bought the Club and injected a shed load of money from his own pocket into it.

Under whose watch was that?

And who has still been in control during the shitshow that has been Moshiri's reign?

Eric Myles
57 Posted 22/05/2023 at 08:21:24
Derek #55, I'd suggest they both head to a go-to bar and have a fun night out and not worry about the results until the next morning.

But if they really want to stress themselves out, LA Cafe in Ermita (formerly Rosie's back in my day).

Danny O’Neill
58 Posted 22/05/2023 at 08:25:14
Just to touch on your point Julie, I have no doubt that Graeme is a good person and a good Evertonian.

But he could have used his position of privilege to have a voice. Even if that meant him being shown the door.

That would have had more impact and respect with the supporters and he would have been welcomed to sit in any four corners of Goodison Park amongst the supporters. That would have been a statement.

As it stands, and I know I can't speak for everyone, but he stands the chance of being tainted amongst a significant portion of the support base.

And I also appreciate that ToffeeWeb doesn't speak for all, but it gives you a good vibe in my personal opinion.

Eric Myles
59 Posted 22/05/2023 at 08:34:01
#57, go-to bar???

That should read go-go bar.

Bloody autocorrect.

Matt Traynor
60 Posted 22/05/2023 at 08:39:02
Derek, if he's in or near Makati, Shooters, basement of Red Planet Hotel will show it. The manager there is an Aussie called Matt. Eric's suggestion of LA Cafe is a brave one. 24 hour pick up joint. If your lad cops off, just tell him to make sure she is... who she says she is ;)
Julie Naybour
61 Posted 22/05/2023 at 19:09:46
Danny, how do you know he didn't!!!!

Things aren't as simple as people making out.

People want to throw the knife and don't care where it falls.

And I wouldn't turn up to somewhere where there was banners saying they don't want me either.

I bet he doesn't see it as a them or us: "If I don't resign, I'm turning against supporters."

Anyway, I know most on here will not change their mind and are choosing to continue to vilify him. That's everyone's choice. I just felt obligated to make my case for some humanity and defend him.
Personally, I think it's heartbreaking.

I know he'll be really gutted by treatment he's receiving from those he thought of as family. but up to the individual to see it as they wish and behave as they decide.

I just felt the need to defend him.

Danny O’Neill
62 Posted 22/05/2023 at 19:26:04

I appreciate what you're saying and I don't know what is going on behind the scenes. Maybe the player I watched as a teenager has been arguing in the background. I don't know.

I'm just saying what I think a lot of supporters think and may agree with. Some may not.

If I was in his position, I would have spoken out and walked out to make a statement.

They are gone.

And they had best not be there on Sunday, because they haven't been with us since January, including Graeme Sharp. If him attending on his own would have been a gesture and he would have got respect.

Anyway, let's get Bournemouth and this awful season (again) out of the way.

Martin Mason
63 Posted 22/05/2023 at 19:31:32
Julie @61,

He is just another victim of the poison that is at the heart of the club. The name of this poison is Kenwright.

Peter Hodgson
64 Posted 22/05/2023 at 19:40:47
It seems nobody has asked, and it hasn't been disclosed by anyone writing recent reports, as to how long is the MSP period of exclusivity which is very pertinent. Does anyone know the answer?

A short period confirms (in my humble opinion) that they are serious whereas a long period means the exact opposite. It also stops other potential (Radcliffe possibly) other bidders coming forward, which if his MU bid fails could happen. That would be preferable in my view than a minority equity share with the, as yet unknown terms, ie what they will do as far as the Board is concerned for example. Many other questions too. So no celebration yet awhile.

At the moment it is all a bit to wishy washy for me. Anyway Bournemouth is the top of my list at the moment anyway.

Tony Abrahams
65 Posted 22/05/2023 at 20:15:51
Sharp has partly destroyed an unbelievable legacy, although he has not been helped by a horrible, egotistical, nepotistic fraud, who should have advised him to speak to the fans, when he was asked to do so in an open letter, imo.

I will always remember a lot of Graeme Sharp’s goals with great fondness, whilst not forgetting his role in Andy Gray’s opener in Rotterdam! But what was he actually doing on Everton’s board in the first place?

This tells me everything I think I already know, about what we have allowed ourselves to become, under the tutelage of a man who has always been more interested in himself, than he has ever genuinely been in our football club. (again imo)

Chris Leyland
66 Posted 22/05/2023 at 20:25:42
Tony, agreed, before this year my abiding memory of Sharp was his marvellous goal at Anfield to end our run there and signal that the power was shifting in the city. Now, it’s him as Kenwright’s lackey, yes man and corporate sell-out who has betrayed the people who worshipped him for years.
Ian Edwards
67 Posted 22/05/2023 at 20:31:41
Sharp is merely a figurehead on the Board. He has no power. He is a club legend, always will be a club legend. The scapegoating that has gone on this season against Sharp and employees like Barratt Baxendale ( who has single handedly built the new ground) and Ingles who is basically an Accountant has been a sickening disgrace. It shames our supporters. I have nothing but contempt for every single one of the no mark bullies.

The power rests with Moshiri. He is the man you need to protest against.

Dave Downey
68 Posted 22/05/2023 at 21:00:41
Symptomatic of the attitude of so many spectators at Goodison. The "support" lasts for about five minutes after kick off then it's back to a fairly constant barrage of verbal abuse...all directed at Everton players!
Now don't get me wrong, this season's showing deserves nothing but relegation. Unfortunately, Leicester City have become so feeble that they will save us. But maybe Everton's mediocrity might just be deepened by two thirds of the home crowd booing them relentlessly during the game. Just a thought.
Making Sharp a scapegoat for the current playing staff's lack of ability tells you everything you need to know about too many Evertonians I'm afraid to say.
Anyway, fingers crossed for a Leicester win and hopefully we can find our level next season and start winning a few games of football at a lower level.
Tony Abrahams
69 Posted 22/05/2023 at 21:09:25
Your contempt sounds very similar to the Evertonians who had nothing but contempt for the people who once taped an interview with Bill Kenwright, Ian E.

It didn’t matter that it exposed the mediocrity of a man who was in charge of Everton, because it was out of order. Wow.

Don Alexander
70 Posted 27/05/2023 at 02:53:35
Sharp willingly aligned himself with "Bert and Ernie" (buffoon Muppets for the info of the young) for a fabulous salary demanding zilch but blind obedience to the pair of them.

He was never a "great" striker in the world beyond Evertonian opinion. Far from it, in fact. But he watched a total twat like Ferguson sponge a living off Kenwright for decades and naturally then thought, "I'll have some o' that!"

In most "professional football" these days, such feckless conduct is the norm, but I'm sure he'll pay zero regard to the opinion of a life-long Evertonian five years older than him.

His signature tune is clearly, "It's All About The Money, Honey".

Steve Brown
71 Posted 27/05/2023 at 06:20:41
Ian really hates Everton fans.

He now labels them as “no-mark bullies” after calling them ‘feral dogs” a few months ago.

Eric Myles
72 Posted 27/05/2023 at 07:13:17
Ian #67

"Barratt-Baxendale (who has single-handedly built the new ground)"

You're either a fucking moron or a fucking troll.

Eric Myles
73 Posted 27/05/2023 at 07:24:11
Derek, re: Makati, my mate came out of his hotel in Makati first night in Manila.

A knife-welding local requested he hand over his wallet when he walked out of the hotel.

My mate punched him in the face and walked back into the hotel, only to resurface next day when the company picked him up to take him to project site, where the locals had revolvers in their toolkits.

LA cafe will be a doddle for your lad!

Phil Wood
74 Posted 27/05/2023 at 07:59:54
Julie Naybour. Well said.
Refreshing, sensible reads.
Tony Abrahams
75 Posted 27/05/2023 at 08:23:09
Finally Dominic King has tried to redress the balance by writing an article about the feelings of us Evertonians over the last week. Feelings probably best summed up by the parish priest of Holy Rosary, where the school children have been telling father,not to forget to say a prayer for Everton this week.
Steve Brown
76 Posted 27/05/2023 at 09:12:26
Julie @ 61, there are two steps when you work for a seriously dysfunctional organisation on the board.

Step one is to speak up and voice concerns. You are quite right, we don't know that Sharp has not spoken up with certainty. But, one symptom of dysfunctional organisations is that they leak continually. That is certainly true of Everton, as there is not a squeak out of the club about Sharp being vocal.

Step two is to resign if you have spoken up and nothing has changed. That is particularly true of a board member who should take action to comply with fiduciary responsibilities or uphold good governance standards.

I don't think many Everton fans vilify Sharp, as we remember and value his contribution to this club on the pitch. Rather we have lost respect for him as a result of his actions or rather his inactions in his board role and previous roles with the club.

John Keating
77 Posted 27/05/2023 at 09:15:36
It shames me that you hold thousands of lifelong dedicated Everton supporters as no mark bullies
Think you need to have a good look and a word with yourself
Everyone has a right to their opinion on Sharpe - mine he’s a prick for getting into bed with the waster who’s wrecked our Club - just because it doesn’t agree with your opinion doesn’t make me a no mark bully
As regards Baxendale…..unbelievable statement
Steve Brown
78 Posted 27/05/2023 at 09:15:37
Tony A, I think even Bill would have accepted that planting stories with his pet journos in the Daily Mail for three weeks on the run was pushing it.
Andy Crooks
79 Posted 27/05/2023 at 09:21:29
@ 67. What an appalling, attention seeking post. Last post from this "blue", I will ever read or respond to.
Jim Lloyd
80 Posted 27/05/2023 at 09:30:11
I've just read King's article in the Mail, what a grovelling and pathetic read, stuck away in a small part of an inside page.

I think most fans would have respected Sharp for coming to the match. He didn't have to say anything, just come. I think he lost most fans respect by not showing up and supporting our team. In other words he's fallen in behind the world's best Evertonian.

The word put out that it was on "Security Advice" seems to me to be a pathetic reason for staying away. I'm glad Kenwright and his choice of CEO are staying away, though.

Kenwright I hold as the major reason this club has fallen to the level we have. I hate to see this but that lot over the park would have chased him out years ago. We hold a polite rally and are demonised by the like of King.

That little bit of pathetic "priests and pubs" bollocks was a poor apologetic resume of where this club is now; and how us supporters have been supporting our club all through this nightmare journey.

It's good to know that the Blonde Bombshell is not only our Chief Executive Officer of world renown, she is a builder who single handedly has erected (didn't really want to talk about erections and BB in the same sentence but it has to be done) our magnificent waterfront stadium. Probably that's why shes taken to wearing a safety helmet!

Joe McMahon
81 Posted 27/05/2023 at 09:34:22
Ian@67, WTF have you been drinking smoking?
Ian Horan
82 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:13:22
Ian@67, I suggest you look up Colin Chong!!! He is the specific lead to deliver the stadium. DBB has had no input into the delivery of the stadium. WTAF of a planet are you on!! Sharp is getting pelleted for his lapdog approach to The board as opposed to being the voice of the supporters. Sharp was my hero at one point but he choose to run with the devil. He is implicit with the Amateur shambolic way the board is run, and his compliance with throwing supporters under the bus
Rob Halligan
83 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:17:06
Wow, Barrett -Baxendale single handily is building the new stadium! Well, she’s doing a bloody marvellous job, and to get it to the stage of where it is today is nothing short of miraculous!

Oh, and by the way, there is only one No-Mark person on this forum. I nearly said fan, but that would have been an insult to the proper fans on here.

Andy # 79, unfortunately mate, you won’t be able to skip past anything he writes, because your eyes will be drawn to see what utter shite is written.

Paul Birmingham
84 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:20:13
Tomorrow is the priority and Evertonians will be in unity, to beat Bournemouth and to reflect and consider, contemplate for next season

The stop- reset button for the boards running of Everton Football Club must be pressed asap once this season is closed.

A new era with a new structure is needed, to get Everton out of the chaos of decades of poor running of the club.

For now all that matters is to beat Bournemouth.

"What's Our Name?"


Christine Foster
85 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:21:00
No mark Bully here, just thought I would register my amazement that Ian Edwards got away with that, I know we are always looking for alternative perspectives but please.. In case no one noticed, dear Mr Ingles was in charge of finances such as profit and loss, you know, the little issue we have with the independent panel? As for Sharpe he is a figurehead as non executive no power no influence so no point in staying unless he has decided to take sides, which he has and has had plenty of opportunities to walk away, his call, his fall.
But Ian Edwards, DBB sole responsibility for the build of the stadium? that's so bad it's funny.
James Marshall
86 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:25:40
Far too many Daily Mail articles being posted on TW these days - what next, links to the Sun for us all to enjoy??
Jim Lloyd
88 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:32:41
If it's about us James and our club, then it's likely to come up on ToffeeWeb, especially if the article is implying who's to blame for events up at Goodison Park.
Dave Lynch
89 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:34:15
I was clearing the shed out yesterday and came across some old VIZ magazines.
Flicking through the I came across a character called "Spoilt Bastard" it reminded me of BK and his mum reminded me of Sharp, trying to facilitate his every whim.
Mark Taylor
90 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:15:11
To quote some of the words used in the article, if Sharp regards himself as a 'custodian' of the club, found that views he put forward to 'challenge and question' were ignored in the 'chaos' of the club's management, then surely if "Evertons best interests were in his heart', he could have made this plainly clear by resigning citing lack of confidence in the current board.

You make your bed, you lie in it...

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