The silence emanating from the Everton hierarchy is overwhelming. Our 94.1% owner Farhad Moshiri, our Chair William Kenwright are both as silent as church mice on what’s going on with our club.

Our current status

In the last three weeks we’ve had the resignation of three directors – the 48 hours update saga, MSP’s notification to the US SEC of raising $165 million specifically for investment into Everton, the appointment of new directors (subject to Premier League approval), including Farhad Moshiri, himself and the appointment of a 73-year-old non-executive director with no public history of involvement in football and, besides an almost dormant consulting company, has held no directorships since 2013 in the UK (source: Companies House).

We’ve had the (temporary) retention of the Chairman who, according to Farhad Moshiri, has the “knowledge and vast experience (which) will be crucial for us as we look to reset, deliver on external investment and position Everton for a successful future.” This, the same Chairman who has overseen our longest trophy drought, has chaired the club through five successive years of losses, seen ten managers (permanent and interim), three directors of football come and go in 7 years, overseen appalling player recruitment, contract negotiation and has been unable to provide proper governance, custodianship and leadership since the ill-fated day Moshiri arrived in February 2016.

We have an extremely weak squad, further weakened by players leaving at the end of their contracts. The squad currently consists of 24 players including (with all due respect to them) a 39-year-old reserve goalkeeper in Lonergan, Gomes, Dele Alli, Gbamin and Neal Maupay.

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But what about the stadium? I hear those with a more supportive attitude to the owner and Chairman shout. Yes, the stadium that is not fully funded. The stadium which, using Moshiri’s estimates of the club’s contributions to date and the likely final costs, is short of perhaps as much as £360 million of funding. The stadium that required the club to seek emergency funding from Andy Bell and I believe, MSP. The club that is in such desperate circumstances it borrows money at 12% pa from an anonymous offshore lender.

Relationships with the most important stakeholders – the fans? Since the events of mid-January, the insinuation, the allegations that Everton fans represent such a threat to directors that they could not (and still cannot) attend games at Goodison Park, the alleged “headlock” incident, the Chairman’s comments in the Annual Report and Accounts, his ill-conceived and badly timed letter on the eve of a vital relegation battle, the failure to acknowledge the role that fans played in maintaining our Premier League status (thankfully acknowledged fully by Sean Dyche and many of the players). The demonisation of the greatest asset the club still holds – the one asset that can’t be sold or stripped.

If this seems an untypically emotive rant about the people running the club and a list of our unresolved issues, let me explain. It’s written out of frustration and fear.


The frustration is obvious – many of the issues highlighted above have been known for years, hidden and unreported in the main until recent times when more of the professional media, plus many fan channels, have highlighted the performance and governance issues around the club. Yet despite that, we have an owner and Chairman who clearly believe they are adequately skilled, motivated and sufficiently credible to steer the club not only to calmer waters but to better times ahead – possibly even the foothills of the elusive “good times”.


This is where the fear steps in. I’ve quoted Warren Buffet several times over the years regarding his view that the biggest risk in business is having people running companies who “don’t know what they are doing”

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” – Warren Buffet

If the owner and Chairman refuse to respond to such concerns, refuse to acknowledge their role in our accumulated difficulties, refuse to acknowledge the risks attached to their approach to running Everton Football Club, what can we as fans do?

Fan campaigning

The lessons of the last few years of campaigning is that unity is required among the fanbase. A unity driven by concern for our current circumstances and the need for alternative solutions and individuals executing those solutions. The need for someone or a group of people to take responsibility, formulate a plan, communicate it, be brutally honest with the fanbase and other stakeholders. This has to be our message. The current majority owner, the Chairman and perhaps some of the executives can have no role in the recovery of the club – should such a recovery occur.

It’s time for that message to be delivered again, time before the season starts in five weeks time.

Just as with the fabled “strategic football review” when the people responsible for overseeing the condition of the club reported to themselves on what they believed to be the solutions to the problems they created, there’s a danger, a likelihood even, of the same happening in relation to the business itself, particularly the issues surrounding funding and the implications for Thelwell and Dyche as we enter what is likely to be our third successive fight against relegation.

So if the incumbents and the hastily put together “interim board” are not to be entrusted with the recovery, and certainly the short-term needs on the footballing side, who is?

Who leads us to recovery?

We need clarity on the status of the interminable discussions and negotiations with MSP. We know from the papers presented to and published by the SEC that MSP has raised $165 million to form a limited partnership with the intention of investing in Everton Football Club. Perhaps the general partners, Jahm Najafi and Jeff Mourad, could signal a break from the past behaviour of Everton owners and communicate openly with Evertonians as to their intent, ambition and timings? What benefit will their funding bring to the club and most importantly how does their involvement in Everton change the way the club is run and governed? What will be different about an Everton with MSP formally engaged and committed compared to what we have now?

Similarly, what is the role of individuals, successful local business people, mentioned in the press, indeed one at least, significantly financially committed (Andy Bell)? Whilst it is not perhaps for those as individuals to speak out, where is the explanation from the club as to the charge Blythe Capital currently hold? From MSP, what role do they see from Andy Bell and George Downing? Do they see roles for other prominent executives or directors?

I wrote last week that we need A New Everton. We don’t need it in three months time, we need it now. We need to rid ourselves of the people responsible for the circumstances we find ourselves in. At least rid them of the responsibility in providing solutions. No one has any faith in their ability to do so – as surely they would have provided them before now, if they were able or willing.

Whoever the saviours, the deliverers of the New Everton are, they have to start the task immediately. We cannot afford another day’s delay or obfuscation. That has to be the message to the current incumbents, new investors, and those charged with the task of recovery.

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Pete Gunby
2 Posted 06/07/2023 at 04:19:43
You succinctly echo the fears and concerns of many of us, Paul. A sad state of affairs sitting on a rudderless ship.
John McHugh
3 Posted 06/07/2023 at 04:22:42
These idiots running our club haven't got a clue. All they're interested in now is a return on their investment. Whether we're in the Premier League or the Championship, they'll get some sort of return if the stadium gets built.

As for Billy Liar, what's the point of him now? Get out of our fucking club and take Moshiri with you, you fucking frauds. I can't believe there's one person who doesn't believe he's a cancer in the club – and the quicker he's cut out, the better.

Dupont Koo
4 Posted 06/07/2023 at 06:53:01
Moshiri & Liar Bill got us into the current de-facto Transfer Embargo (which is common for football clubs before confirmation of an imminent new investment), so enough said.

Fingers crossed that MSP can stand with the "Fifty Feet of Craps" that they un-earthed during their Due Diligence of Everton and still go ahead with the investments.

MSP might not be the perfect messiah, but they are our best chance to move away from the status quo and head towards NSNO.

Eddie Dunn
5 Posted 06/07/2023 at 06:58:04
If they have some money, then expect a couple of deals to be done to placate the fans.

The silence has been deafening. Of course the scenario of no incoming players will undermine the morale of the team.

We escape again by the skin of our teeth and can only wait in hope for something positive.

The trickle of news about our youngsters signing pro forms is very poor PR when everyone is waiting for a striker.

They take us for fools.

Alex Gray
6 Posted 06/07/2023 at 07:38:44
I'm still waiting for all this frustration to boil over against Fulham and then the fans are blamed for why we're not signing anyone again.

I'm at a point of just constant anger with Everton. There is literally nothing likeable about us as a club anymore.

Si Pulford
7 Posted 06/07/2023 at 08:11:01
A very poignant article, Paul. Almost feel like we rinse and repeat the same message multiple times a season and then do it again the next season.

If you wanted a microcosm for this board and how it's run, the strategic review is it. A review into how badly run we are by the people who are running us badly. Without a hint of irony. You couldn't make it up.

Eddie (5) hate to disagree but our FFP and P&S situation doesn't change with MSP coming in. Apple, the Saudis or Netflix could buy us and we wouldn't be allowed to make signings that will go anywhere near placating the fans.

That's my ‘fear' – the fact that we're in this situation and even getting rid of the board and getting a new chairman and new investment doesn't change the landscape in terms of signings for the coming season.

They've absolutely ruined us and somehow they're still there.

Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 06/07/2023 at 08:13:20
Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing, especially when you leave it in the hands of incompetent nepotism.
Eddie Dunn
9 Posted 06/07/2023 at 11:00:53

When I said to "placate" the fans, I was thinking of a fairly low level! Even someone like Ings, Vardy or another journeyman will surely be an upgrade on the likes of Maupay or an absent Calvert-Lewin.

I'm still hoping to see something before we suffer yet another Deadline Day anticlimax.

Mark Taylor
10 Posted 06/07/2023 at 11:29:02
Expect a deadline day ant-climax. We have no money, nothing at all to invest in the squad. We don't even have enough money to complete the stadium as it stands and anything we get from player sales will mainly have to go towards that.

The only commercial entities that borrow short-term at 12% are ones deeply in trouble, at risk of disintegration. It certainly does not suggest a club willing and able to invest in player assets.

I imagine the delay with MSP may have something to do with re-considering their options and maybe negotiating better terms (including levering more control away from the incumbents). It would not entirely surprise me if they ultimately walked away.

Probably the best thing that could happen to us right now would be for evidence to appear that Usmanov was/is indeed connected financially to the club and the government oversees a Chelsea-style auction.

The one silver lining is that, given our lack of cash, we would, in a couple of years, likely have a very rosy P&S position, and maybe a new stadium driving increased revenues, giving some hope for the future. Whether we have remained operating in that period – and especially remained in the Premier League – is moot.

Jack Convery
11 Posted 06/07/2023 at 11:32:07
It appears to me that EFC won't sign anyone until the window is about to close – saving on wages that would have been paid for the preseason. The squad we have now are the players we will choose from for the opening games.

Pickford, Patterson, Keane, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Garner, Iwobi, Gueye, Doucoure, McNeil, Calvert-Lewin (if fit).

Bench: Virginia, Godfrey, Coleman, Branthwaite, Dele Alli, Cannon, Mills.

Joe McMahon
12 Posted 06/07/2023 at 11:37:30
Mark @10, it is increasingly looking like we will get relegated next season. My concern is MSP will walk away. My fear is that soon we will be looking at the ashes.

Everton FC are gonna have to start again from scratch – just like Rangers and Accrington Stanley.

Alan J Thompson
13 Posted 06/07/2023 at 11:46:33
I hope there is no chance of the Board, or should that be Chairman, doing what he does well and that MSP turn out to be another Fortress Sports Fund (FSF) but operating out of plusher premises? You know… two bedrooms, furnished.
Jerome Shields
14 Posted 06/07/2023 at 11:56:10
Rather than that describing it as Frustration and Fear, I think it is better described as Frustration and Despair.

What we have is the same regime with the same objectives employing the same methods. That is where the frustration comes from. The despair comes from knowing the capability and past history of the regime.

The reality is that Moshiri has secured a loan to continue as majority shareholder, continuing to fund his real estate developments, and he has continued his continuous support for the Chairman running the club.

The club will be run as before: realising player value where possible, part-exchange players, buy potential young players to profit from their increase in value, loan in players and make do with existing players. Expect little change in structure and be totally dependent on Dyche to get enough out of the players to survive in the Premier League.

This is the way it will continue: more loans and financial adjustments, most indirectly from God knows where, with Moshiri in control, thinking it will all come right in the new stadium and eventually a greater fool will come along or his true backers are able to surface again. Prophecy is an affliction of the articulate anyway.

The only solace for fans is that, out of frustration and despair, both transient things, a person is reborn with new words and new powers. Roll on the next 30 years.

Raymond Fox
15 Posted 06/07/2023 at 12:01:20
If we are in financial trouble, I would guess it's because Moshiri was counting on Usmanov's billions and he has now been left high and dry.

We do appear to be in a mess and we will have to wait and see how much of a mess it is. As for giving us information on what's going on inside the club, when has that ever happened, but there's only so much they can divulge I suppose.

As for that risk quote, there is always risk even if you know what your doing, less risk granted but nothing is risk-free.

Nick Page
16 Posted 06/07/2023 at 12:03:35
It's like July 2004 all over again, except we haven't got a Rooney to sell.

20 years later ….. 20 fucking years of suffering all the lies, mistruths and broken promises just for one man's ego. I hate to say I told you so, but I fucking told you so.

Andrew Ellams
17 Posted 06/07/2023 at 12:07:54
Nick, let's hope they pull a Tim Cahill sized rabbit out of the hat then.
Nick Page
18 Posted 06/07/2023 at 12:14:13
They say it’s the hope that kills you, Andrew.
Mark Taylor
19 Posted 06/07/2023 at 12:14:57
Joe @12,

That is certainly the big risk. I think that would mean bankruptcy, as in running out of cash. It all hinges on Dyche's ability to make a silk purse from a sow's ear and keep us up for a couple of years, something he does have form on.

It also leads me to think he perhaps has rather more power than he might imagine, to the extent such power actually can deliver much in these circumstances. Imagine what would happen if he walked away…

Barry Rathbone
20 Posted 06/07/2023 at 13:17:38
"Yes, the stadium that is not fully funded. The stadium which, using Moshiri's estimates of the club's contributions to date and the likely final costs, is short of perhaps as much as £360 million of funding."

Not so much an elephant as a woolly mammoth in the room.

Unless the club magics up huge money from somewhere, this new build will slowly strangle us.

Christine Foster
21 Posted 06/07/2023 at 13:57:27
Paul, if there is one obvious and disgraceful message being sent to the fans by the owner and chairman, it's quite simply, "Fuck the fans, tell them nothing."

Well, they have, between them, totally broken a club. But they have cemented a fanbase against them. There is no doubt also that the chairman has schooled his pupil well, taught him to despise its fanbase just like himself.

They are an utter disgrace. The con man and the fool.

Why? Why are they doing this? The three sacrificial lambs are probably glad they are out, one wonders of the severance package, don't they realise they were just tools used by the con man to cover his back?

We hear nothing from MSP, hear nothing in the media, see nothing coming in, only those going… and still silence. The only news is exits, the only updates are youngsters getting contracts.

This is the esteem we are treated in, it is the opposite of any experience of good management. We are heading for a squad of 16 first-team players. Nobody cares.

Paul Kossoff
22 Posted 06/07/2023 at 16:01:34
John 3, please use another word than the one you used to describe that bastard, conman, fraud, idiot, and a dozen or more other words that can be used for Kenwright.
Tony Abrahams
23 Posted 06/07/2023 at 16:22:46
What is Bill Kenwright staying on for again?
Tony Everan
24 Posted 06/07/2023 at 18:19:38
Tony, whatever gets whispered or said via the grapevine, Kenwright is aiming to stay on until the stadium is opened. All the rumours of this being temporary and he is on his way out soon, I don’t buy it.

It’s a clever way of kicking the can down the road. Then hoping we come good with a few transfers, get a few wins and become a mid table outfit. The theory being this new found stability will then dampen the protests just enough so the Chairman can stay on. Moshiri will even say, “look it’s justified! It was a good decision by me”.

If it is indeed short term and the rumours are correct, I’ll be delighted but I’ll believe it when I see it, and only then.

The reality is that the new signings won’t matter if Kenwright is still at the club. The disunity and anger will tear the club apart, divert the focus of players and manager. Ultimately it will unnecessarily lead to another game of Russian roulette with the relegation revolver.

There’s only so many times you can play that game before the odds catch up with you.

Kim Vivian
25 Posted 06/07/2023 at 18:26:28
It's been said that companies don't go out of business because they're making a profit, they don't go out of business because they're making a loss, they go out of business because they run out of money.

Now I'm sure that Mr Moshiri personally is not about to run out of money, but it strikes me that that Everton the Business is trying everything it can not to run out of money. High interest loans, low receipt player sales, zero wage directors (?) etc etc and appears to be struggling thus far.

A points deduction would almost certainly mean relegation but a fine I reckon could signal the end of Everton the business as we know it. I've done my bit by ordering a new shirt for my son's 40th birthday next week (despite the eye watering cost) and beyond that I just watch with trepidation as events unfold.

For better or worse.

Danny O’Neill
26 Posted 06/07/2023 at 18:53:16
Tony(s) and Christine and just about everyone else on this thread. You cover it.

Paul, fantastic article that captures the sentiment amongst an increasing if not all of the support base. I would say the vast majority now, although I obviously can't vouch for every Evertonian.

They can't hide anymore. Non-communication apart from me getting marketing offers from the club. The silence is deafening.

They couldn't learn from the self-imposed so-called strategic review despite what was staring them and everyone else in the face. A review that was effectively marking their own homework and agreeing they were on track, no doubt with a few backslaps and friendly headlocks. Well, it put us on track to go even closer to the trap door.

I won't even accuse them of poor leadership. Because there is none. The lack of leadership on a scale of the biggest military blunders in history. Everything shrouded in secrecy. Cloak and dagger. I would say mysterious, but it isn't, it's just missing. As they have been.

His tenure shouldn't be temporary. It should be over and should have been over years ago.

There is no return. Treating us with utter contempt and disrespect. Accusing us of things without evidence that the Police shot down. Verbally accusing us of betraying the club and caught on camera doing so outside Goodison.

How can he ever come back to Goodison Park or Bramley-Moore Dock? Simple. He can't.

Go and don't come back. Go to the Boys Pen, which I am becoming more convinced is the one that used to be on the piss drenched terrace on Walton Breck Road.

Meanwhile, can they just give us something to cling onto? We have a season starting in several weeks and a team to support. Which we will. But unless that individual is removed or retired, it's going to remain toxic. I don't want that. We don't want that. We want Everton.

But we will stick with the team as we always do. I think some of us might be playing at this rate.

Jamie Sweet
27 Posted 06/07/2023 at 21:47:07
We've got a squad barely capable of having a 5-a-side in training this week. Surely, surely, for the love of God, we can't be leaving our transfer activity until the end of the window.

That would show utter incompetence of the highest order and an inability to learn from past mistakes.

We're going to leave it until the end of the window, aren't we?!

Paul Birmingham
28 Posted 06/07/2023 at 22:41:09
Five weeks, to the new season.

I’ve no idea, what Everton's plans are, and the lack of any meaningful communications, aside from the stadium, doesn’t help the plight and the hopes of Evertonians.

There’s a rational that says at this rate of selling players and players out of contract the preseasons games could make the numbers available for the 1st Team squad, at the start of this season, even tighter.

But I’m not taking too much interest in the transfer stories, until a players is wearing the Everton shirt., the Everton press room.

Sadly piss poor communications from Everton, shows the arrogant contempt for Evertonians across the World.

Interim in terms of a decades rapid decline, makes no change to the plummeting appeal of joining an unstable football club, in Everton.

It’s crackers that this being allowed to happen, but it is.

Direction, and which way, God only knows, but Everton, must surely learn the lessons, from the last two seasons.

I’ll check out BMD, in the morning, it’s not fantasy, it's majestic, but there’s the cold reality, that Everton, are seriously on the ropes again, before the season has started.

Hopefully Kevin Thelwall, will be delivering some positive hope soon., in terms of transfer deals, with incoming players.


Mark Murphy
29 Posted 06/07/2023 at 23:14:58
I’m Everton daft and my wife thinks I should seek help but you know what? Fuck off Everton! It’s cricket season (I play) and it’s summer. I don’t need this shite. Someone, please, publish where we can write it, andhe will read it, thatwe can tell that fecking gobshite Kenwright to f@ck right off!
Danny O’Neill
30 Posted 07/07/2023 at 08:14:56
Calma, Mark!

Brentford and Palace before Christmas as well as Tottenham on Boxing Day.

You'll be there.

Stu Darlington
31 Posted 07/07/2023 at 10:14:58
What a depressing read Paul.Realistic,but depressing.
However despite the deafening silence emanating from the powers that be at the club,and the seeming lack of any positive action on incoming transfers,like Robert and Sam,I am clinging to the belief ( hope ! ) that Dyche and Thelwell are working to bring in players to the club in the vital positions we need.
Not just bodies where we already have cover,but players that will contribute in areas where we are deficient at the moment.
A forlorn hope maybe,pie in the sky definitely,but the alternatives are too terrible to contemplate.
We obviously will get no help from the two I will not name as they have made perfectly clear their contempt for Everton Football Club and its supporters,so,for me a lot is riding on the shoulders of Dyche and Thelwell.
We need to see movement soon though,new players coming into a depleted squad will need time to settle in and we really need a good start to the season.
So no more names, rumours, showing interest in,would be good for,headlines etc.Evidence of positive moves,communicated to the fans,would work wonders for the morale and mental health of the fans!
Even Danny’s post didn’t read as upbeat as usual and that is very worrying indeed?
Jerome Shields
32 Posted 07/07/2023 at 12:16:22
I am surprised that FAB have not been used as they should be. I supposed anything they are party to would be layered with Thelwell's competitive confidentiality. We know that Club representatives have failed to turn up at the last two FAB meetings. Everton, via Barrett-Baxendale, make a big deal of the setting up of FAB.

There was an enormous amount of work put in by Everton over a year to use it to out-manoeuvre the fan protests and hijack the fan-led review. Does the fan-led review have any statutory bearing?

Haveing set up the FAB, can Everton then ignore it by not engaging, without consequences? Things seem to have gone sour since the FAB called for Kenwright's resignation and Board replacement. I know there have been recent elections for new members.

Maybe they should be contacted and backed by whatever means possible and maybe some accountability and answers may be more forthcoming…

John Raftery
33 Posted 07/07/2023 at 12:28:30
As Raymond highlights at (15), we have been in trouble since sanctions were imposed on Usmanov. How deeply in trouble none of us know. If all the proceeds from player sales are being used to finance our borrowing we face almost certain relegation.

Obviously I am hoping our worst fears prove unfounded. It is early days in the transfer window but if we have failed to sign anyone by the end of the month the writing will be on the wall.

Ray Jacques
34 Posted 07/07/2023 at 12:41:43
Christine, never read such an angry post from you before.

You are not wrong.

Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 07/07/2023 at 12:53:44
Ray (34),

“You are not wrong.”

Exactly Ray, if only those who own the club and run the club were as passionate as Christine and cared about the club as she so obviously does, we'd be in a much more comfortable position.

Barry Rathbone
36 Posted 07/07/2023 at 13:54:00
I don't know why people expect to be updated from Moshiri & Co it seems abundantly clear we are up to our necks in it financially with potential rule infringement penalties to come, what needs adding?

The benefit in announcing how abysmal our transfer kitty is and admitting what a financial millstone the new stadium is eludes me. Plus in my more deluded moments, I believe Moshiri may have some serious buyers up his sleeve and repeatedly telling fans how shite we are serves no purpose in that respect.

Imagine considering buying this club amidst a fanbase in high dudgeon about anything and everything. Very off-putting, sometimes ignorance is bliss.

Steve Byles
37 Posted 07/07/2023 at 14:11:24
I wonder what people would prefer, we struggle on with a low investment transfer window and selling our better playing assets, or mothballing the stadium build? We are skint and I think the club can only build the stadium or the team, not both.

Personally I'd press on with the stadium build and sacrifice the team for now. The increased revenues from the stadium will be the reset we need. Unfortunately many fans cannot take a long-term view.

Jay Harris
38 Posted 07/07/2023 at 15:24:34
Steve, a mentor once said to me: "If you're not successful in the short term, there is no long term."

Paul, great post and so apt. I really thought the MSP involvement was being held up until after the end of June in line with the financial year end but it is now 7 days into July and not even a press leak to suggest the deal is going ahead.

I think it's almost unanimous that, if we proceed with these two fools in charge, then we are doomed. Both have egos much bigger than their ability and what they know about football can be written on the back of a stamp.

All we hear about is enquiries about players and even that is from the totally unreliable press.

Billy Liar has form in player acquisitions for leaving deals until the last minute to save pennies and for proposing paying on the never-never which has caused many a deal to fall through and yet we are told it is his expertise.

The only expertise he has exhibited is how to line his own pockets at other people's expense.

Enough has been written – let's just hope we see some action in the near future.

We can only hope and pray that things will get better.

Mark Taylor
39 Posted 07/07/2023 at 16:38:17
Steve @37,

You're right I think in the diagnosis and also in the priority but only in the sense that 1) it's what Moshiri is going to do anyway, we are a real estate play for him; and 2) Even if Moshiri wasn't on the scene, it still likely would be the priority simply because so much has been sunk into it, it can't be stopped at this point (short of actually running out of cash, which seems at least possible right now).

Now we know what we know, I would, in contrast, say I wish we hadn't started it. Why? Because if the squad is going to be starved of funds and basically decimated as a result, the chances are, we go down because everyone else is doing the opposite to us.

And I think our position is such that it might not be going down only one division, I think the club's survival might be at stake at that point, at least in its current form.

Someone said elsewhere, I think partly as a joke, that Moshiri, having filleted our club, will end up selling the stadium to Liverpool. I wish I didn't think that is less far-fetched than it ought to be...

Barry Hesketh
40 Posted 07/07/2023 at 17:31:26
I had read on other Everton related websites that the period of exclusivity with MSP was supposed to end six weeks after it was agreed (May 22nd)?, if it was true, then that period would have elapsed earlier this week. I don't have any evidence that this is the case, but, perhaps there are other interested parties besides MSP?

I still believe it will be MSP who will invest and that they are savvy enough to wait until the end of the transfer window, before officially coming on board, which means they'll have no responsibility for any errors made in the market.

Clive Rogers
41 Posted 07/07/2023 at 17:57:54
Steve, 37, the increased revenue from the new stadium will be completely dwarfed by the interest on the loans taken out to build it. Now that Usmanov has gone and Moshiri is cutting back, the debts are going to fall to the club. They are liable to be massive, greater than £1 billion and may take decades to pay off. The whole deal now looks like a disaster to me. It may have been different if Usmanov was still involved.
Paul Birmingham
42 Posted 07/07/2023 at 19:38:42
Off the main thread but BMD, was in full flow this morning, construction engineers, sparks, pipe fitters, loads of tradesmen.

The last x2 sections of the top of the East stand North -East corner, were on ground level.

It’s crackers, some one tell the Everton Board, “How & Why?”, they have run the club, to a very fine limit of existing.

No one knows.

But for sure seeing the stadium, and realising the state of the Squad, and the club, I reckon any new investors and owners will want some home truths.

But the clocks running 5 weeks tomorrow. Transfers, needed but what’s really likely to happen, we can all guess.

“ This is the Everton Way,” as he alludes, but it’s no way to run a football club, more how to kill the club.

But hope eternal and a magnificent evening, to a fine Friday and scorching sun..

All have a Ball this weekend.




Christine Foster
43 Posted 08/07/2023 at 01:35:18
Ray #34,

Anger and frustration… although in truth over the last almost 20 years of posting here, my words have been fuelled by the lies and deceit we have had to endure from those who have dismissed any notion of guardianship of our club in favour of self-interest and personal gain. They are not fit for purpose.

Moshiri and Kenwright gambled with players and managers, ignored fans and shareholders, closed ranks when faced with the reality of their actions, and ultimately taken to task for breaching financial requirements.

Disgust is a deeper emotion borne by years of fruitless anger and silence. I'm watching a club slowly dying and feel helpless to stop it.

I wish to God that all those who sought to deflect criticism of Kenwright, his associates and deals, were still posting on this site, for they have all gone. In shame, I hope.

Realization by all does not bring power to change, it brings disbelief to some, anger to all, for it's something we love, not follow; something we believe in, not just support; something we carry in our hearts, not in fine weather. We are family.

Bill Hawker
44 Posted 08/07/2023 at 01:58:17
Paul. Once again you've hit the nail on the head.

The sheer incompetence of those running our club has me thinking that one day, out of the blue, Everton will declare bankruptcy and find itself in liquidation. I think there is more to this than meets the eye, hence the absolute silence from the club as well as the lashing out at the fans from the board and Kenwright.

A change in ownership cannot come soon enough.

A change in the board chairman cannot come soon enough.

I honestly think this is the year we finally go down.

Don Alexander
45 Posted 08/07/2023 at 02:06:49
Just why, after decades of Kenwright, and now years of Moshiri, is anyone at all surprised that between them they've plunged us into purgatory for years and years to come?
Jerome Shields
46 Posted 08/07/2023 at 08:13:05
The really is that Moshiri owns the Club. Kenwright has his full backing. There has been a systematic withdrawal of all opportunities for feedback or all scrutiny either informal or formal.The small Board means the Club is run autocratically pushing the limits of accountability with the authorities and will be of the same structure as before.

Barret Baxendale who was not a Chief Executive in reality, but a Personnel PR assistant, has gone. All pretence of communication with fans has gone. This could be because it does not serve any purpose in Everton's present difficult situation.

We will probably get a bland statement at the beginning of the season, if we are lucky.

Paul Birmingham
47 Posted 08/07/2023 at 08:50:15
Don, in my view Everton, has been in purgatory for decades, and is now parked in hell.

The incompetence of this Chairman, and his various boards over time has seen to it.

Getting the billionaire owner, has sadly taken Everton to the point of its able competitive existence.

Reality bites, and hurts. This season, as it stands Sean Dyche must be building up his psyche for the greatest escape.

The preseason fixtures, will stretch the squad to its limit, and any serious injuries, if there’s no new players brought in, will add to the woes.

The squad size and lack of key players, strikers, CB, etc, makes the odds, stacked against Everton.

Everton. Is life and eternal.

I’ve stated how great the BMD, stadium is, I visit it every week, take photos, for my record and sanity, and I’m in awe. It’s looks majestic, set in a unique location, with fantastic vista.

I’ll be honest and I’d rather have a consistent team, competing than, the finest stadium, in the land.

Balance, structure, strategy?

BK, and Moshiri, have taken the club to hell, and hope is eternal, but who knows, what the next days and weeks, will bring, for the fortunes of Everton?

The club, drains the hopes and aspirations, more than ever, as an optimist, in matters Everton, but like my Dad, sadly nothing in life, is invincible.

The cold reality bites. This stadium is going up, and there’s a massive burden,, of the impact on the footballing side.

Is this the way it is, or should be based on what happens, when you build a new stadium?

The club has languished for decades, but the zest to go, and support your Team, can never be extinguished.

God only knows, what the real time facts are at Everton, in terms of ownership, strategy and liability. So it’s become, a mirage, but hopefully salvation will arrive soon.


Alastair Donaldson
48 Posted 08/07/2023 at 12:24:16
I would like to see the Premier League include a re-assessment of the "fit and proper" owner status as part of the FFP or separate.

Seems to me a lot of organisations are not fit for purpose but are not brought to account.

EFC amongst them.

On a more positive note, you don't have to spend zillions on players to improve the squad, we've proved that more than most of late, but a few diamonds will be out there so it depends on Dyche/Thelwell/club scouts to convince them it's worth a punt.

John Kavanagh
49 Posted 08/07/2023 at 15:33:15
Thank you, Paul the Esk, for your article that encapsulates the feeling of so many Blues. I'm beginning to warm to the idea of insolvency, a 12-point deduction and even relegation as a price worth paying if it means us getting rid of Kenwright and his chosen investor Moshiri once and for all.

We will never own so much as a brick of the new stadium anyway as Chairman Bill and Farhad will likely mortgage it to a third party. Like Coventry some years ago, we would be faced with either paying an exorbitant rent or playing at Tranmere or Haig Avenue in League One. (Ticketmaster mark up probably 200%)

Administration will mean the club going on the market at a knock down price, but it just might attract competent buyers. If the gruesome twosome remain we will cease to exist altogether anyway. It is just a question of how quickly the end comes.

Ian Pilkington
50 Posted 08/07/2023 at 16:25:05
Relegation will never be a price worth paying.
Gary Brown
51 Posted 08/07/2023 at 16:30:43
All financial complexities aside, it's pretty clear there's something even more wrong than usual right now.

Most of us likely expecting a slew of signings suddenly before season, but this time I'm not sure they're coming.

They're either bamboozled by complexity of new investment deal or hamstrung by it. Either way, right now we are in limbo. For a club that finished one goal outside of relegation limbo might be a disaster.

If there is no movement in next 2 weeks, I think the fans need to come out again in force. Sack the board!

Gary Brown
52 Posted 08/07/2023 at 16:31:24
Why not, Ian? What will we ever win in this Oil league?
Barry Hesketh
53 Posted 08/07/2023 at 16:38:43
I'm not sure whether I dislike the self-professed greatest Evertonian or the myriad of pretenders to the throne, who wish to see the back of Bill, at it would seem, any cost.

Que Sera, unless, any Evertonian has a group of people with half-a-billion quid to spare, we'll have to put up with what we're given, which has been the case for supporters since the late 19th Century.

Nick Page
54 Posted 08/07/2023 at 17:16:34
That’s the spirit Barry. Are you French by any chance?
Ian Pilkington
55 Posted 08/07/2023 at 17:42:36

Perhaps it's because I am lucky enough to have seen a number of Everton teams actually win trophies since my first visit to Goodison in 1961 that I cannot accept the level of mediocrity to which we have descended thanks to Kenwright and more recently Moshiri.

The one thing we have left is our proud record of top flight football. Why would any Evertonian accept relegation?

Danny O’Neill
56 Posted 08/07/2023 at 18:06:15
Ian @55.

Never ever will I accept relegation or mediocrity.

I grew up being educated on the tales of the 60s teams.

I watched the 80s first hand.

So despite the barren years, no one, especially our still Chairman is beating down my expectation for my club.

We are getting ready for the season ahead. But it doesn't take the pressure off those who take us for granted.

They need smelling salts to wake them up and realise their is no place for them at our club.

Philip Bunting
57 Posted 08/07/2023 at 19:06:50
There is not a lot of clubs doing major business yet. One or two signings at best. With the price of players and wages about 70% of the league cannot afford it.

Maybe one player and the rest made up of loans or potential youth. The top 5 to 6 clubs have made the rules to keep the rest at bay. The market is firmly fixed.

Tony Abrahams
58 Posted 08/07/2023 at 19:37:23
There has never been so much money in the game and yet most clubs can't afford to spend money. What does this tell us about modern day football?

Find a very rich owner or get in real hard nosed professional and business minded people, with a well thought out genuine plan, because as it stands, it looks like way too many clubs, are getting it badly wrong.

We know it's not a level playing field anymore, so it's imperative that to have any kind of stability, the first thing required is to get the football club organized and professional.

It's sad that when I used the ‘s word' it was to talk about stability, rather than success, but because this was viewed as being a real success for many years under Moyes, then I don't see no reason why Dyche, can't have similar success, because I'm certain he will slowly bring about a lot more professionalism into Everton football club.

First we have to get rid of the final massive dose of mediocrity, given to us over a lifetime, by the clever but deluded pathological liar, Mr Kenwright, and then hope that Moshiri, does what he should have done when he initially purchased Everton, and leaves it to people who have a genuine thought out plan (Zzzz, I know) whilst having the skills and desire to run a successful football club.🤞

Brian Wilkinson
59 Posted 10/07/2023 at 15:30:43
I took a step back this last week or so, as to not give any knee jerk reactions on here, I patiently waited to see what players we would bring in, after the 30th June cut off for financial year.

As soon as the three board members resigned, I just knew Bill would somehow still Cling on, long before the 48 hour decision, as soon as the announcement came that Moshiri asked him to stay on. My heart sank.

2 years ago, even at 2 nil down, I still believed if Everton pulled a goal back, the fans would drag them over the line, the last game v Bournemouth, I was still confident we would find enough and get the result we need.

We had a good pre season in America where the youngsters where concerned, Mills did well, as did price, neither where then given any chance as squad players, with Price now leaving to chance his luck elsewhere, Simms has left, Samuel Smith gone, more youngsters will leave, and who can blame them.

We still have a few weeks to try to land players so still time for things to change, but would not be suprised if the likes of Mills, Warrington, Dobbin and Cannon step up to the mark and through sheer desperation, rather than choice, these turn out to be a godsend.

If things remain the same, and the youngsters get pushed out on loan again, and we do not at least get a couple of strikers in, for the first time, I really fear relegation, something I have never ever believed possible before, my reasoning of Everton always find a way, I am not so sure this season, unless those changes come,and quick, or we get lucky again with three worse teams than Everton.

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