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Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright was recently hospitalised for the removal of a cancerous tumour from his liver, the club revealed today.

The Chairman is known to have been battling health problems for some time now but in a statement issued today, the club have provided some specific details as well as confirming that he has returned home to begin what is expected to be a lengthy recovery following complications that necessitated "a prolonged period in intensive care".

While Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Grant Ingles and Graeme Sharp left Everton's Board of Directors earier this year, Kenwright remained in the role of Chairman with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri joining the Board and stadium director Colin Chong taking the post of interim Chief Executive.

According to the club's statement, Kenwright was fulfilling his duties right up to the point that he was admitted for surgery.

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The statement from Everton reads as follows:

Everton would like to provide a short update on the health of our Chairman, Bill Kenwright.

Following a diagnosis at the beginning of August, Mr Kenwright underwent a major medical procedure six weeks ago to remove a cancerous tumour from his liver. 

The procedure was completely successful, but complications during surgery necessitated a prolonged period in an intensive care unit. 

Mr Kenwright is now out of intensive care and has left hospital. He has returned home to continue his recovery which is expected to be lengthy, but complete.

Right up until the day of the procedure the Chairman had continued to carry out all his club duties, working hard alongside Mr Moshiri to facilitate the proposed takeover by 777 Partners and supporting Kevin Thelwell with the Club's summer transfer activity.

Mr Kenwright has always been fiercely protective of his private life and is grateful that his privacy has been respected during this difficult time.

He hopes this will continue following this update.


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Neil Copeland
1 Posted 12/10/2023 at 19:41:17
It seems that Bill Kenwright has been suffering from ill health after all.

I hope he makes a full recovery but he needs to do himself and the club a favour by letting go.

Jay Harris
2 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:03:27
I don't wish to sound callous and I don't wish Kenwright any further ills but what was Moshiri thinking asking him to remain in the chair while going under surgery for a very serious illness? Why couldn't Colin Chong or Thelwell manage the situation as they are anyway?

I will never understand the Moshiri - Kenwright relationship but the sooner the pair of them are out of the club, the better.

Stephen Davies
3 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:24:56
He really should step down for his own benefit, yet the Club Statement says he's still responsible for transfer negotiations
Tony Everan
4 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:25:11
Sometimes football matters have to take a back seat and this is one of those times. Wishing Bill Kenwright a speedy recovery.
Chris Jones
5 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:29:28
Absolutely spot on, Tony. I wish Bill Kenwright a speedy recovery and I hope that his family are coping at this difficult time.

Ian Jones
6 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:30:59
Wishing him all the best. Can't imagine it's a pleasant condition to suffer from.

Jay, I was thinking the same as to why he was allowed to remain in place given the circumstances. However, given his theatrical background, assume it's a case of the show must go on.

Julian Exshaw
7 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:33:19
Totally agree with Tony and Chris. I wish him and all cancer sufferers everywhere all the best in their fight against this horrendoous disease.
Brendan McLaughlin
8 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:35:19
Stephen #3

"yet the Club Statement says he's still responsible for transfer negotiations"

Where are you getting that from?

Barry Hesketh
9 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:39:52
Brendan @8,

I expect that Stephen read the passage below, and assumes when Bill is fit and able, he will continue to help Mr Thelwell?

On another note, how long ago was it when 777 came to the forefront as potential purchasers of the club.

Right up until the day of the procedure the Chairman had continued to carry out all his club duties, working hard alongside Mr Moshiri to facilitate the proposed takeover by 777 Partners and supporting Kevin Thelwell with the Club's summer transfer activity.

Christine Foster
10 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:42:15
Good grace ensures Bill Kenwright best wishes for a healthy recovery. It would be churlish not to wish as much.

That he still yields such influence at the club however is telling of the situation the club is in. Both are in intensive care.
For the good health of both, that bond needs to end.

Dale Self
11 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:45:52
Well said, Tony and others, get well Bill.
Christy Ring
12 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:52:59
Your health is more important than football, and I wish Bill a full recovery.

Put your health first and walk away.

Mike Hayes
16 Posted 12/10/2023 at 21:19:17
Smoke and Mirrors to throw the limelight off the debacle that is 777 - he's a narcissist of the lowest order – he's been terminal for about the last 10 years!

I remember reading a tribute from the YNWA Facebook page extolling all he'd done for the community etc saying how sorry they were to hear of his illness and wished him the best etc…

Funny how neither ToffeeWeb nor the official website put anything out nor replied to that statement. 🤷

Mike Hayes
17 Posted 12/10/2023 at 21:24:07
Just remember the damage he's done to the club even with his billionaire the headlock gate lies - the lies he's told us - wants your tears now. 🤷
Brian Keating
18 Posted 12/10/2023 at 21:36:09
Mike Hayes - you’re a disgrace.
Ian Riley
19 Posted 12/10/2023 at 21:37:11
Forget football! It's a choice we make. Good health comes first. I wish Mr Kenwright a speedy recovery.
David Vaughan
20 Posted 12/10/2023 at 21:37:38
I've had personal dealings with Mr Kenwright during my time with ESCLA. I find it savagely unsurprising that this news is put out after all the silence on the very same day as the BBC release Nothing Will Be The Same.

Coincidence? Engineered?

As I said, I've had personal dealings with Mr Kenwright.

David McMullen
21 Posted 12/10/2023 at 21:41:13
He needs to step down. If he won't step down the club should make the decision to replace him.

Of course they won't, will they?

Don Alexander
22 Posted 12/10/2023 at 21:43:44
To me he's like a horrible neighbour whose behaviour down the years has greatly reduced the desirability and value of my street to all and sundry, and he's never given a shit, so I have no wish to speak well of him.
Mike Hayes
23 Posted 12/10/2023 at 21:49:03
Brian Keating, thanks – he's the greatest Evertonian who's destroyed the club. I've got nothing good to say about him. He couldn't give a shit about the fans, he's proven that time and again for near 30 years. 🤷
Tony Abrahams
24 Posted 12/10/2023 at 21:54:09
I saw people commenting today on ToffeeWeb about the new Everton BBC podcasts that have just come into the public domain, and the absolute shame of headlockgate, and then I received a text, with the club statement, regarding this very unfortunate news.

It's very unfortunate because it is explaining that an old man, is suffering from a horrible nasty disease, and it's also unfortunate because of the cynic in me, built up over many years, regarding our Chairman, meaning that I'm ashamed to think, but not admit, that I feel this whole story might not even be fully true. (Very sad on my part!)

I obviously and genuinely wish him the best of health, but can't understand why he hasn't stepped down to concentrate on his health, especially because this is what most fans have been calling for, for a very long time now.

We don't know what goes on behind the scenes but how hard-faced is Farhad Moshiri? He had to continuously beg Mr Kenwright to stay on not so long ago, so surely he should now thank Bill, and remove him from the club, so the man can concentrate on his health?

Maybe it's coming, maybe 777 Partners will offer Bill Kenwright something like a honorary life presidency title? But something needs to be done immediately because Everton cannot continue being so rudderless and Bill Kenwright has definitely got bigger things on his plate right now with a long and lengthy recovery period.

Brent Stephens
25 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:00:08
I wish him a speedy recovery, as I would wish for anybody else in their recovery from cancer. There have been numerous threads in the past for comments related to the club and its stewardship. There will be other opportunities in the future. Now's not the time to stoop low.
Bob Parrington
26 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:01:19
Best wishes for a full recovery Bill Kenwright.
Phil Lewis
27 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:05:46
What is the matter with some of you people?

Nobody is a bigger critic of Bill Kenwright than me, but how anyone could stoop so low as to almost gloat at the man's predicament is beyond me. I wouldnt wish cancer on my worst enemy. Call yourselves men? Crawl back under your rocks you disgusting low life's.

As someone who was diagnosed with Stage 3 esophageal cancer ten years ago, enduring disease and treatment which almost killed me, I can assure you that football in such circumstances, is of no consequence whatsoever. In addition to the obvious physical suffering, the mental torture of not knowing the outcome endured on a daily basis is at times unbearable.

I take none of my criticism of you back Mr Kenwright, but may I offer you a speedy recovery. You are not a paedophile or a mass murderer, just someone who's policies I disagree with and which I believe have been detrimental to EFC.

My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. I would offer as much to 99% of the population in your current situation.

Daniel A Johnson
28 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:06:35
Yes, cancer is terrible

Yes I wish Bill Kenwright good health.

But no it doesn't change history and the fact he's systemically ruined the club. The recent statement on his health does not gloss over the stained history of true blue Bill Kenwright.

But the sudden mass hysteria love-in for teary-eyed Bill on here because someone mentioned the C word is simply laughable.

Michael Kenrick
29 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:12:07
There does seem to be something very odd about this.

That strange claim at the end for his privacy having been respected… until they decided – after 6 weeks of absolute privacy-respecting silence – to tell us all about it in gruesome detail.

What price that privacy now?

Why were we not told anything at all in the last 6 weeks? If he wants privacy, why are we being told anything now?

As David Vaughan suggests with the benefit of personal knowledge of the man and the way he works…

Ian Jones
30 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:17:00
I'm all for free speech and all that. However, this thread isn't the one for derogatory remarks about Bill Kenwright.

Some of the comments on here tonight are ridiculous, but sadly, I wasn't surprised. It's the usual posters.

Derek Thomas
31 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:18:16
I wish him a speedy and full recovery, many years of excellent health and a long and happy retirement – starting right now.
David Peate
32 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:21:10
I wish Mr Kenwright a speedy and full recovery as would any right-minded supporter. A win against Liverpool may speed this up somewhat. Let us hope so.
Geoff Lambert
33 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:27:11
I've lost family and good friends to cancer; I hope he makes a full recovery. I would not wish this on anyone.
Daniel A Johnson
34 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:47:56
Remember a diagnosis with the big C doesn't mean Kenwright is suddenly no longer a:

A massive cunt

Hate me all you want but, even now, William Kenwright – the greatest ever Evertonian– is still trying to manipulate the fanbase.

But hey, I'm not surprised.

Brendan McLaughlin
35 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:48:54
"80-year-old survives cancer scare"

And some TW posters can still spin that negatively…

John Daley
36 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:49:58
That Kenwright — a near-80-year-old with serious health issues, said to be heading into a period of recovery ‘likely to be lengthy' and with a long list of blunders, balls ups, and bullshitting dangling behind him like Dirk Diggler's bell in ‘Boogie Nights' — still considers himself to be the best, nay the only, man capable of leading the club throughout this (or any other) period, sums up perfectly the ludicrously myopic mentality that has led the club maladroitly down the path toward potential ruination.

That Moshiri, as a perpetually absentee owner, considers it perfectly fine and fitting for a now absentee chairman to carry on not taking point in his stead, only confirms the lack of common sense and general shits given by the clowns responsible for the governance of a once great club.

David West
37 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:52:39
The timeline of this is all very strange.

As Michael @ 29 says, How can you respect someone's privacy when no one knows what's going on?

I'm sure most Evertoians now knowing the seriousness of his illness have no intention of infringing on his or his families privacy. Why now tell us in this way?

Some may use it to demand his resignation immediately. In my opinion, it shows that he's a peripheral figure now.

Doesn't it just exasperate the fact that someone else in better health, younger, hungrier, with fresh ideas, could be doing a better job for the club?

I wish him a speedy, healthy recovery.

Paul Kossoff
38 Posted 12/10/2023 at 22:53:20
I hope all Evertonians wish this man good health and a full recovery.
Phil Lewis
40 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:02:46
To all of you conspiracy theorists, I sincerely wish this news had remained private. That way, there would have been no platform for certain heartless cretins on here to express their cynical, ignorant, cowardly, unsubstantiated views.

A sad indictment of society today.

Daniel A Johnson
42 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:06:24
Phil Lewis,

"cynical, ignorant, cowardly, unsubstantiated views"?

Looks like the master manipulator has worked his magic on the fanbase already. The puppet master strikes again.

Filipe Torres
43 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:06:59
Call me what you want, but this has all the makings and theatrics of Bill, who has been using his own sickness to extend his role at the club.

It's not the posters' fault to call him what he truly is, it is his charlatan nature that truly exposes him.

Jerome Shields
44 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:09:10
I wish him well and a good recovery.

Michael #29

Are you surprised?

Denis Richardson
45 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:10:29
Have to agree with Michael @29.

Timing of this is bizarre. Nobody was prying into his privacy in the first place as all eyes have been on 777 Partners. Why announce this now, 6 weeks post-op, same day the podcasts come out on the BBC, imminent announcement of the Premier League investigation, etc. With the imminent sale, no-one's actually been talking about Kenwright anyway.

Sorry, something doesn't feel right.

Daniel A Johnson
46 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:13:58
Denis Richardson @45,

You can't keep a good narcissistic manipulator down. I think we all know what this statement was about – especially its timing.

Well, judging from the comments on here, only a few of us do.

Phil Lewis
47 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:20:59
Daniel #42,

There is much I would like to say in reply, but fear I would be banned from ToffeeWeb forever.

Suffice to say, I will treat your comments with the contempt which they deserve.

Brendan McLaughlin
48 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:21:21
Daniel #46

"I think we all know what this statement was about especially it's timing."

Please share.

Daniel A Johnson
49 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:27:24
Err… how about the 6-part BBC podcast released today that made the board look completely incompetent?
Daniel A Johnson
50 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:31:03
I do honestly wish Kenwright good health.

But him being ill doesn't and won't ever change my opinion of him as a man.

I honestly don't care if people on here are offended by that.

Mike Gaynes
51 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:36:59
There are some posts on this thread that absolutely turn my stomach. One by the moderator.

Like Phil #27, I've been where Mr Kenwright is now, and having returned from my Everton trip to immediately experience the loss of a loved one -- her funeral is tomorrow -- I know what his family are going through right now. My thoughts are with him, and them.

Danny O’Neill
52 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:40:49
I lost my mother aged 59 in 2007 and my father aged 63 in 2008 to cancer. A horrible disease.

I don't know the ins and outs so will separate my feelings towards Kenwright the Everton Chairman and his apparent illness.

He should have stepped down years ago and if he is now this seriously ill, just go for your own health.

If and when we get new owners, do what Moshiri should have done. Get your own people in place to run the club.

Daniel A Johnson
53 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:49:27
My god, Phil Lewis…

You need to calm down, man.

So I don't like Bill Kenwright and I don't trust Bill Kenwright. I'm entitled to that opinion after 20 years of him destroying the club.

Brendan McLaughlin
54 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:51:04
Daniel #49,

Haven't listened to the podcasts yet but when I do... I don't think my opinion will be influenced in the slightest by the state of Blue Bill's health.

And judging by this thread, I don't think many people's opinion on Blue Bill's stewardship, including those who have expressed a not unnatural sympathy, will be influenced by the state of his health either.

Mark Taylor
55 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:51:42
Having had several cancer sufferers in my extended family, I have no problem wishing Kenwright a full recovery.

But I have no problem either, in continuing to regard him as a manipulative, scheming man of limited talent who has been disastrous for our club. I have no idea why he had been retained as Chairman. That just doesn't make sense on any level. We basically now don't have a functioning board.

I do not want to see any 'honorary' titles for this man. Just get rid and he can recover, well away from our club.

Daniel A Johnson
56 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:59:06
My thoughts exactly, Mark @55.

I also wish him well but I also agree it doesn't change what he is.

The fact this so-called "private matter" has been suddenly released today in all its gory detail to deflect all the bad EFC press today doesn't feel genuine, it feels manipulative in the extreme. Such details wouldn't be released without Kenwrights permission. I'll just leave it with that.

Brendan McLaughlin
57 Posted 12/10/2023 at 00:00:19
Danny #52,

Seriously... "his apparent illness"?

All fake news then?

Paul Kossoff
58 Posted 13/10/2023 at 00:04:38
Mike 51. God bless you and your family Mike.
Larry O'Hara
59 Posted 13/10/2023 at 00:57:02
I wish him a speedy recovery.

He should, for his health and that of the club, step down, immediately.

Neil Tyrrell
61 Posted 13/10/2023 at 01:25:10
Good luck to him in his recovery, and sorry for your loss, Mike @51.

Swerving the Godwin's Law stuff.

Si Cooper
62 Posted 13/10/2023 at 01:44:39
Good luck to Mr Kenwright and all others who are fighting cancer.
Condolences and prayers for Mike Gaynes and his loved ones.
Kieran Kinsella
63 Posted 13/10/2023 at 02:12:41
Inevitable predictable snide remarks on here retorted too with equally predictable reactions.

I don't see anyone saying they're glad at his plight; neither do I see anyone saying all is forgiven because of his illness.

Every comment in this thread has some validity based on real or perceived club propaganda and timed PR, or based on humanity and personal experience and suffering. But none of us are close acquaintances of this guy.

We all wish him and every sufferer well but the only reason we are talking about him versus any other sick individual is because of his professional role at the club we support.

Therefore, while we all send love and good wishes, our primary concern is the club and if it's being run properly. If it wasn't, we'd be discussing millions of other sufferers along with him right now.

Adam Fenlon
64 Posted 13/10/2023 at 02:50:42
Wishing Bill all the best in his recovery, coming from a fellow cancer survivor.

I do not believe for a second that the people who run the club are so cynical as to use this type of very personal tragedy as a distraction or shield.

Joe Corgan
65 Posted 13/10/2023 at 02:59:16
On the few occasions I’ve met Bill, I’ve found him to be nothing but approachable, accommodating, warm and friendly.

I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.

Christine Foster
66 Posted 13/10/2023 at 03:15:49
Having lost 3 out of 4 of my parents and partners' parents to cancer, it's a dreadful and soul-destroying battle that's hard fought so I would not wish it on anyone and that certainly includes our Chairman. My ongoing hope is a full recovery. As it would be for anyone.

The Evertonian in me does wonder at the timing of the announcement because, as we have oft seen before over the years, in the face of a bad or critical press, a deflecting story appears... so yes, purely coincidental? Does it matter? Not a jot... Let it be.

Irrespective of any health issue, Bill Kenwright is fast becoming irrelevant to the ongoing future of our club. Our focus needs to be on the landing of a suitable new owner, looking forwards not back.

Jerome Shields
67 Posted 13/10/2023 at 05:25:44
Mike #51,

Condolences on your bereavement. Also glad had you a good trip, alas a typical Everton one. I only came across a thread where it was mentioned, late yesterday.

Paul Hewitt
69 Posted 13/10/2023 at 05:38:52
If you have nothing good to say. Don't say anything.
Colin Glassar
70 Posted 13/10/2023 at 06:13:44
I wish Bill Kenwright a full and speedy recovery and hope this is the last time I ever hear about him.
Paul Hewitt
72 Posted 13/10/2023 at 06:51:50
Colin, he will be cutting the ribbon at the new ground... 😁
Danny O’Neill
74 Posted 13/10/2023 at 07:41:22
You've taken that comment out of context, Brendan.

Read the earlier comment I made about my own family's suffering. My Grandfather went with it too. My Grandmother who I never met as she was gone before I was born.

I used a word. It doesn't mean I doubt it whatsoever.

Wrong choice of word. I'll take that. We all do it, but it wasn't meant in the sense that I don't believe the statement.

I don't doubt it but now more than ever he needs to step away for his own health.

That aside, and from an Everton perspective, he should have stepped away years ago.

But right now, he needs to look after himself.

So no, not fake news.

Dave Cashen
75 Posted 13/10/2023 at 07:55:30
Some of the comments on this thread have made for uncomfortable reading. I knew I should have stopped reading after post 25.

As Brent points out: There have been and will be again, numerous opportunities to criticise or even vilify Kenwright and, while most of us have taken those opportunities, I can't help thinking that most right-thinking people will believe this really isn't the thread.

I believe there is a tendency among some to think, the more they can show their hatred for this man (even when he is sick and old), the bluer they will look in the eyes of other Evertonians.

Cancer has deprived most of us of loved ones. The claim that the people who recognise the gravity of this illness and empathise are falling for some kind of stunt couldn't be further from the truth.

Bob Parrington
76 Posted 13/10/2023 at 08:01:14
Danny and others, I understand where you're coming from with family members and various cancers. I've been lucky to survive 2 x melanomas and prostate cancer, so far. So I have first hand knowledge. Worst of all is 2 family members currently with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

We need to increase investment (worldwide) on our research in how to prevent and overcome these awful sicknesses!

John Burns
77 Posted 13/10/2023 at 08:02:36
I’m with all of Paul Kossoff’s comments. I wish Bill a speedy and full recovery.
Mark Murphy
79 Posted 13/10/2023 at 08:35:34
As a human being and Christian, I wish Bill Kenwright a full recovery from this evil disease. I heard yesterday that 1 in 2 people on Earth will have some form of cancer in their lifetime.

That's a horrifying statistic in this modern age and no-one should have to face that whilst rich men get richer manufacturing weapons for barbarians, fanatics and greedy despots.

Duncan McDine
80 Posted 13/10/2023 at 08:43:28
I feel very grateful to Everton for releasing this 6-week old news during an international break... at least we have something fresh to argue about between matches.

On a serious note, I wish him well.

Mark 79, look on the bright side... the barbarians, fanatics and greedy despots also have a 50% chance of getting cancer.

Steve Brown
81 Posted 13/10/2023 at 08:45:08
I am sure no Evertonians wish ill health to Bill or anyone else.

Personally, I wish him a speedy recovery and best wishes for his retirement.

Alan McGuffog
82 Posted 13/10/2023 at 08:52:18
Wishing him a full and speedy recovery and a long and happy retirement
Ernie Baywood
83 Posted 13/10/2023 at 08:59:14
I have my criticisms of Bill and his tenure, but I've never doubted he's an Evertonian.

And I can say that knowing I'm no hypocrite. I haven't said the worst before backtracking when the inevitable happens.

Good luck to him. We all get touched by (what is appropriately called) the C- word. I hope he can either get healthy, or at least find comfort.

Eddie Dunn
84 Posted 13/10/2023 at 09:18:43
Firstly, may I wish Bill Kenwright a full recovery.

Secondly, it is no wonder that many folks look cynically at the timing of this news.

Communication hasn't been the club's strongpoint of late.

Our organisation is rudderless, and hearing that Bill Kenwright was very ill during the transfer window shows that the whole scenario was surely even more difficult for Thelwell and Dyche to operate in.

It could be that Kenwright considered himself central to our dealings and sacrificed his own health to help out, or that he simply couldn't let go.

Perhaps Bill was the only constant at a difficult time, with our nut-job owner a lame duck and the new investors watching expectantly.

Or perhaps Bill was determined to have control depite his illness.

I imagine Bill Kenwright will step aside once the new owners get the green light.

Then I hope he is well enough to get to Goodison as a fan and not as our Chairman.

Barry Rathbone
85 Posted 13/10/2023 at 09:32:44
Like most, I have no problem whatsoever in wishing Bill good luck.

The lack of trophies during his tenure doesn't figure at such times and I feel it important to reiterate present calamities are not down to him but the ineptitude of Moshiri & Co.

In truth, not being Abramovich has always been his Achilles Heel but I don't doubt he tried his best for the club with the notable mistakes of Kirkby, Kings Dock, and the rumoured knock-back of Mansoor.

But life ain't straight lines; we all mess up from time to time.

Best wishes, Chairman.

Brian Harrison
86 Posted 13/10/2023 at 09:38:40
I think that some posters have posted comments that don't do them or our fanbase any favours. I think if you can't separate your feelings of a man battling cancer, as opposed to what he has or hasn't done in the Chairmanship of our club, then you really are beyond help.
Mark Ryan
87 Posted 13/10/2023 at 09:42:56
Perhaps the timing of this release of personal medical data had to come because of the imminent culmination of the investigation into financial issues affecting the club?

Perhaps he and or Moshiri are expected to attend a meeting / hearing and he simply cannot attend due to ill-health and so his family have been forced into releasing this statement?

It's an unusual statement given his family's stance on privacy.

Kim Vivian
88 Posted 13/10/2023 at 09:57:35
I join in the the voices wishing Bill Kenwright the very best for his recovery. I am a realist and also have experience of friends and immediate family succumbing to this horrible illness, so what I also wish for him is to step away from his position at the club now, with as much dignity as possible, and to see out his final days, weeks, months or years as comfortably and peacefully as possible.

Your God be with you, Bill.

Dave Abrahams
89 Posted 13/10/2023 at 09:58:20
Sincere sympathies to Mike Gaynes and family, thinking of you at this very sad time for all of you.

Prayers and best wishes Mike.

Sam Hoare
90 Posted 13/10/2023 at 10:09:38
This tallies with what I've heard from sources close to Kenwright. As others have said, this is not the thread for discussion of football matters in my view.

Best of luck and wishes to him and his loved ones at a very difficult time.

Tony Everan
91 Posted 13/10/2023 at 10:36:50
Mike, very sad news, best wishes to you and your family.
Anthony Dove
92 Posted 13/10/2023 at 10:50:03
There has been conjecture over Bill's health for a number
of years so for the Club to now suddenly make a detailed
statement on the matter is a bit strange.

Like most posters, I am able to separate his health from
other issues, and wish him a full recovery and a happy

Brian Williams
93 Posted 13/10/2023 at 12:12:29
I've waited until today to post, having had a good think about things for a day, and I hope my post comes across as respectful but curious.

I wish no ill to Bill Kenwright and I too hope he makes a full recovery.

I can, though, understand some of the cynicism towards the announcement (just the announcement).

I find myself somewhat confused, not with the timing of the announcement but with the announcement, full stop.

The announcement states : Mr Kenwright has always been fiercely protective of his private life and is grateful that his privacy has been respected during this difficult time.

He hopes this will continue following this update.

I, probably like 99% of others on here, didn't have a clue about the procedure or the fact that Bill Kenwright had a tumour on his liver.

In that respect Bill Kenwright's private life WAS protected and WAS respected (due in the main to nobody knowing about the situation).

So what I really don't understand is, why when someone fiercely protects their private life and is grateful that his privacy has been respected thus far, allows an announcement to be made which literally blows that privacy apart when saying nothing at all would have continued to allow the privacy to continue unabated?

The announcement therefore seems somewhat counter intuitive and totally illogical.

Barry Hesketh
94 Posted 13/10/2023 at 12:39:06
Brian @93,

I think all right-minded Blues would wish Bill Kenwright a full and speedy recovery.

Perhaps, the public announcement has been forced by circumstances, by which I mean the upcoming hearing later this month. If as Chairman, Bill would need to be present or even called to the hearing, then this sad news would have to be made public regardless of his personal right or need to privacy.

Perhaps, the news of Bill's health issues will force the hearing to be delayed?

It might of course have nothing to do with what I refer to, but there's always a reason for such statements to be made, sometimes it's not always clear to us in the public domain to see those reasons, whatever they may be.

Brian Williams
95 Posted 13/10/2023 at 12:55:28
Barry, like the songs goes "Perhaps, perhaps perhaps".........

Could be any number of reasons as you say but speculation does nothing for me mate.

Dale Self
96 Posted 13/10/2023 at 13:03:57
I really regret coming back to say this but when someone changes course drastically with behavior, it is usually due to drastic changes to their future. Note the location of the surgery.

Without challenging or evaluating any response above, just carry your concern for the club to how we the fanbase respond to a situation such as this. As much as we may be left without answers, we have to play through honorably for the club here.

Barry Hesketh
97 Posted 13/10/2023 at 13:05:44
Okay, Brian @95,

Sorry I couldn't provide a full explanation and could only speculate, which makes me wonder why you posted your original post in the first place.

Ernie Baywood
98 Posted 13/10/2023 at 13:08:54
The timing of this was never going to be right.

Do it after a defeat – well that's been timed.
Do it after a win – obviously been timed.
Do it in the international break – clearly that's been timed.

I'll hope it's a precursor to announcing that he won't be remaining as Chairman. Not because I want him gone (though I do) but because I can only think of one other thing this could be a precursor to.

To be honest, you'd be shocked if a 78-year-old coming out of ICU was returning to football. It's practically certain not to happen.

Brian Williams
99 Posted 13/10/2023 at 13:17:16
Barry, no apology necessary mate.

Wonder no more. I posted my original post for the reason I imagine most others do, to comment on the subject at hand, no more, no less.

Ian Hollingworth
100 Posted 13/10/2023 at 13:30:23
Firstly, like everyone on here I hope Bill Kenwright has a full recovery.

However, I am also very sure that the statement was made to dampen the potential reaction to the BBC podcasts — especially headlockgate.

The damage this caused between club and fans relationship can only start to be amended, in my view, by the removal of the current chairman.

Dave Evans
101 Posted 13/10/2023 at 13:35:43
Best of luck to Bill Kenwright and his family. I think many of us have been there.

Posters who have also stated their concerns are not walking about as manipulated mugs.

They are people who don't see any equivalences between what a sufferer and families go through when cancer calls and the actions of the Chair of an outfit, that has the core business of kicking a bit of plastic about.

It's called a human perspective.

John Hodgkins
102 Posted 13/10/2023 at 14:29:30
I hope Mr Kenwright makes a full recovery from his cancer operation. Whether he retires or not is for him and his family to decide on.
Barry Rathbone
103 Posted 13/10/2023 at 14:37:12
Brian @93,

I can see a scenario beyond conspiracy theory of why details of his failing health would be announced now.

Given the last 2 years have seen a massive ramping up of odium dumped on his head, the latest prognosis might be so grim that those around him are thinking that enough is enough, get him out of the front line pronto.

There comes a time when a bit of peace is all we have.

Brian Williams
104 Posted 13/10/2023 at 15:00:52

There comes a time when a bit of peace is all we have.

I'll second that mate, for sure.

I'll be honest, I don't want to believe the announcement was made to garner sympathy or had any other ulterior motive.

The point I was making (or trying to) was that strictly using only the information available to us at this time, which is what was said in the announcement, then the announcement itself didn't make logical sense. Now some may have speculated that, by saying what I said, I was suggesting there are some ulterior motives for the announcement.

They're wrong, and I myself won't speculate (either way) simply because I have no information whatsoever, other than that contained in the announcement, that would enable me to form an opinion.

James Hughes
105 Posted 13/10/2023 at 15:02:23
Fair play to all the well-wishers on here. Personally, I really don't care.

This man has sold all that we have and rented it back. He has lied repeatedly about the running of the club and instilled a level of accepting defeat.

He has dragged our club down to a level not seen since the '50s.

In the past year, I have lost two family members to the big C. For them I have shed tears, Boys Pen Bill… fuck him.

I may be harsh but then so is life and death. Carry on with the praise if it makes you happy. I really do not have anything but disdain for him these days.

Anthony Hawkins
107 Posted 13/10/2023 at 15:10:23
Purely based on the news and health, I wish Kenwright a speedy recovery and the best for his family.

I lost my Mum to cancer two years ago. It's a bastard and would never wish it on anyone, ever.

Lee Jamieson
109 Posted 13/10/2023 at 15:47:25
My best wishes to Bill and his family as he battles this terrible disease.

Hopefully we can transition to a new ownership and he can concentrate on his health.

Once a Blue, always a Blue.

Pete Clarke
110 Posted 13/10/2023 at 15:55:00
If this were a typical Evertonian who yer meet or pass by every game, then yeah, best wishes and get well soon… but it's not.

A lot of us will have close friends who have been affected by numerous illnesses or daily life issues for this to be a passing concern.

In fact, most of us have our own problems in this modern-day madness — so why should we even care about some millionaire who's made a mockery of us?

My thoughts are with real people who are suffering in one way or another and I don't need to watch or read the news to know there are plenty of them out there.

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