‘A football giant owned by a CLOWN’: Furious Everton fans hold a protest march outside Goodison Park for the FIFTH straight home game – calling on owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright to ‘get out of our club’
- Ahead of facing Tottenham on Monday night, Everton fans held a protest march
- Fans are unhappy with the ownership and how the club is being run right now
- Banners and placards were brought along, calling for the executives to leave
Everton fans protested for the fifth consecutive home game as tensions between supporters and the club’s hierarchy continue to escalate.
Owner Farhad Moshiri has not attended a game at Goodison Park since the 5-2 capitulation against Watford on October 23, 2021, while board members, including chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale, have continued to stay away from home fixtures due to safety concerns.
It was the faces of Moshiri, Kenwright and Barrett-Baxendale that adorned banners and placards for the latest protest march, with one mocking them up as clowns.
Fan group NSNOW, who arranged a march from the Royal Oak pub down to Goodison Park, tweeted: ‘If there was ever any doubt as to why change is needed the last 10 days have provided overwhelming evidence. Please support the march #AllTogetherNow.’
The march progressed without any incident, with protestors only briefly pausing next to an image of Kenwright outside the ground – it had been removed but has since been reinstated – to chant ‘sack the board’ and ‘Kenwright and Co, it’s time to go’.
Banners and flags protesting Everton’s hierarchy were on show before they faced Tottenham
It was the fifth consecutive home game that Everton’s supporters have protested the board
Fans took issue with a picture of Bill Kenwright, chanting ‘Kenwright and Co, it’s time to go’
Fans are fed up of how the football club is being run and are now repeatedly making their feelings known.
Everton have endured a dismal seven years since Moshiri took over as majority shareholder.
They have been through 10 managers in the Moshiri era and produced disappointing results on the pitch despite heavy spending on players.
Everton started Monday night in the bottom three and the threat of relegation remains a very real possibility.
Their finances are also being examined to see if their losses have breached the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR).
Speaking on Monday Night Football, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher doubled down on his criticism of the way the club is being run.
‘I think on this show I’ve been very critical of the Everton board – Moshiri, Bill Kenwright and Denise Baxendale – we called them one of the worst-run clubs in the country,’ he said.
‘I think when you see the financial situation and the results that have come out over the last few days I think you’d have to say we’re not far wrong when we talk about Everton like that.
‘You think of the money that’s been put in, we’ve been critical of the decisions been made and you have to accept that – £750m he’s put into Everton and then you see that team on the pitch?
‘If they go down, whether he’d stick around, even if they’d go into administration – that’s how bad it is financially for Everton right now.’
Everton fans have grown tired with the way the club is being run amid a relegation battle
One flag read: ‘A football giant owned by a clown, all you’ll achieve is taking us down’
The protests began under Frank Lampard’s management, as fans waved ‘sack the board’ banners and staged sit-ins at Goodison Park amid a poor run of form for their side.
Things have improved on the pitch for Everton since the appointment of Sean Dyche but the peaceful protests are expected to continue against the likes of Moshiri and Kenwright.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed that the Premier League are facing questions from other top-flight clubs over their decision to charge Everton with breaching spending rules nine months after a potential case against them was dismissed.
Everton were shocked to be charged with spending breaches last week as they have been submitting all major financial transactions to the Premier League for approval for two years. But other clubs are frustrated at the timing of charges, which could impact the relegation battle for a second straight season.