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Don't bite the hand that feeds you

By Michael Newton :  26/11/2007 :  Comments (36) :
As Jose Mourinho found out recently and the fat Spanish waiter is about to find out, you never bite the hand that feeds you.

Today?s football manager particularly the foreign ones, possess a form of untouchable arrogance and when the rug is pulled from under their feet there are very few if any football fans that feel sorry for them. Mourinho did have the Chairman dictating who he bought and played so I do have a degree of sympathy with him, however Benitez with his arrogance and branding of Everton as a small club will receive no sympathy from a Bluenose. His comments after the recent derby still stick in my throat.

Mr Hicks owner of baseballs worst ever team the Texas Rangers who have the worst record in baseball for the last 7 years has achieved his success as being a ruthless man. Being a Texan he shoots from the hip and doesn?t suffer fools gladly. You remember JR Ewing he didn?t care who crossed his path, Rafa is now like Cliff Barnes from the old Dallas show, with JR Hicks ready any moment to lasso him in and feed him to the coyotes.

We are lucky to have an owner like Bill Kenwright ? he may not be a businessman he may not have billions in the bank, he may annoy you, but he is an Evertonian before anything else. He has always shown great loyalty to his manager, he was left with no choice with Walter Smith to get rid of him but with Moyes he has shown great faith through all the adversity.

Remember Everton were a very sick patient when Dr Moyes began the long painstaking treatment, serious illness takes years to cure and Moyes has gone about his business year in and year out strengthening the team each season, an addition here an addition there and this season with a little more cash about astute purchases of the likes of Yakubu who after a slow start is looking the 11 million pound man now. This coupled with the blooding of youngsters like Anichebe and Vaughan and the always ever willing Osman improving all the time. Arteta, Neville, Pienaar, Cahill, Baines, Lescott, Yobo, Johnson, McFadden all Moyes acquisitions have strengthened the squad in various areas of the pitch. The squad now is one of the best squads in the premiership and if we stay injury free with one or two additions we are going to be serious challengers to the big four this season.

Turning a football team round overnight is not an easy thing, Kendall did it over a few years in the 80?s when the huge amounts of money and Sky TV revenue were not about, to create a massive gulf between the rich and not so rich. Look at Newcastle lack of managerial stability, throwing silly wages at average players, not building a strong defensive foundation and they continue to flounder. Moyes has built the team from the back, he has five forwards at his disposal and Cahill the best in the business at his position. Three or four more additions a right back, midfield playmaker, wide left player and a centre half, all these players not necessarily starting 11 players, will give the squad the type of depth needed as still one or two injuries in key areas leave us a bit threadbare.

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Brian Noble
1   Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:18:05

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As Doddy was so fond of saying,’We are indeed blessed!’If only......
Paul Okell
2   Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:25:00

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I am not Kenwrights biggest fan but I agree he is an Evertonian above all else.
Never mind Everton being a sick patient we needed a triple heart bypass and an endoscopy when Moyes come after the dark days of Walter Smith. Too many seasons of curing illnes with two paracetemol and a dose of night nurse, we are going places now with the right cure GOOD PLAYERS.
Louis Huglin
3   Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:25:33

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Don’t know about challenging for the top four spots this year mate, but if things keep improving the way they are then it may certainly be on the horizon for the next couple of years.

Things on the pitch have gone incredibly well since the derby fiasco, and fair play to the team for producing such fine results and, with some regularity, some beautiful football. Nuremberg away and Chelsea away were the only two really tough challenges in this period, and we got very good results from both trips, so it cannot be said that we’ve only been performing against the mickey mouse clubs.

Pienaar must be secured and I think he will be; injuries permitting, a bit more midfield cover, that mystical, allusive creative holding player and we are indeed set for a storm on the top four over the next few seasons. COYB
John Welsby
4   Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:41:35

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Good article. Not sure how much I trust Bill but he?s:
1) An Evertonian
2) Put money into the club
3) Had the foresight and judgement to take a risk on a young David Moyes
4) Kept faith while people were calling for Moyes?s head during the season after we finished 4th
5) Given much of the TV money to Moyes to spend

That gets respect in my book
Jimmy Crack
5   Posted 26/11/2007 at 15:46:29

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and cheers to Walter Smith for recommending Moyes to Kenwright
James Elworthy
6   Posted 26/11/2007 at 16:10:16

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The arrogance of Benitez beggars belief just how much money does the man want, he has a track record of spitting out his dummy if he does not get his own way. Despite the money spent the progress of the RS in the Premier League has remained stagnant from the days of the French one.
I much prefer a down to earth manager like Moyes who is creating a team with only a small percentage of the cash the fat Spaniard has, instilling in them as we see with Yakubu a work ethic. There is no room at the club for big heads like Rooney quickly become, the team spirit seems good as the competition for places fierce creating better performances. I dont with his extra players Davey keeps faith in the league games with the in form players.
I thought McFadden made a bit of a difference when he came on as sub against Chelsea but he couldnt make the bench on Saturday, which shows the depth Moyes now has if they can stay injury free.
James Elworthy
7   Posted 26/11/2007 at 16:15:26

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Correction to bad English
I hope despite the larger squad Davey keeps faith with the in form ones in the league games.
Carl Ormerod
8   Posted 26/11/2007 at 16:21:04

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Just to note, the Rangers are not the worst team in baseball. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals all have worse records since 2000.
Keith Glazzard
9   Posted 26/11/2007 at 16:12:25

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Ever since turnstiles were invented, football has been a business, and EFC has to be run as one. But thank heavens we’re not a PLC.

The redsh at this end of the East Lancs got a very rapid Business Studies course when they lost the keys to their own ground, mortgaged by some absent landlord owners - in the USA as I recall.

And I note that Beneath Contempt is now saying that time zones lead to misunderstandings between him and the owners somewhere in that fine country. This means that the Texan probably added a few juicy terms in Spanish when, wiping the sleep out of his eyes, he told his hireling - ’get off your fat arse, get the people you bought with my 100 million dollars in August to play, and forget the 6 million quid (10 million Euros) payout you’re trying to scam by getting me to sack you, amigo.’
Les Haigh
10   Posted 26/11/2007 at 17:51:31

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Very good article, Mr Newton but surely you have left the "ever ready" (ever willing) CARSLEY out of your penultimate paragraph!. Presumably an oversight?
Gary Leonard
11   Posted 26/11/2007 at 17:58:48

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Stop knocking Kenwright. Let’s enjoy how things are going.

It occurred to me that Hicks and Gillett may have been warned about international scams. You know the kind of thing. You get an e-mail or other message from abroad making wild promises of fantastic returns (results?) beyond your wildest dreams if you just stump up a few bob in advance.

Perhaps they were suspicious of Mr Benitez’s request for more cash, especially as they have not had much of a return on what they’ve stumped up so far.
Michael Newton
12   Posted 26/11/2007 at 18:41:10

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Les: Wasnt Carsley already at the club when Moyes come, but yes he merits a mention, apologies for the oversight.
Carl this is Texas Rangers record since 2000, there are 4 teams in their division
Year W L Pct Placing
2000 71-91 .438 4th
2001 73-89 .451 4th
2002 72-90 .444 4th
2003 71-91 .438 4th
2004 89-73 .549 3rd
2005 79-83 .488 3rd
2006 80-82 .494 3rd
2007 75-87 .463 4th
If someone is worse than that they are shite.
James Elworthy
13   Posted 26/11/2007 at 18:48:24

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Hicks should know how to speak Spanish with the number of Mexicans in Texas.
US press reporting Benitez spent US$103m of Hicks/Gillett money with nothing in return for it yet.
They would be better of opening a savings account at the post office.
Dave OBrien
14   Posted 26/11/2007 at 19:20:55

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Hicks: Win the league Cliff or you’re fired!

Beneitez: But JR I can’t possibly raise that kind of Collateral!
James Elworthy
15   Posted 26/11/2007 at 19:34:53

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Maybe Hicks will call the new stadium Southfork.
Benitez is just a ranch hand in charge of the cattle, ie like Ray Krebbs.
The poison dwarf Lucy Rick Parry Ewing is pulling Cliff Barnes Benitez strings. Strike oil or your waiting on tables in Benidorm old son.
Give me another 100m bucks JR says Cliff so I can buy 10 more oil wells which with a rotation policy will eventually strike oil.
I want Premier Oil says JR, not fucking Cup oil, produce it or your cattle feed.
Paul Okell
16   Posted 26/11/2007 at 19:44:22

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Are all you guys on the happy pills you think we won 7-1 or something this weekend.
Rich Jones
17   Posted 26/11/2007 at 19:36:55

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If Kenwright was an Evertonian he wouldn't dream of taking us out of the City.
Keith Glazzard
18   Posted 26/11/2007 at 20:36:05

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Does anyone know what ?goatee b? is talking about?

Surely UEFA can?t give an ?Haven?t killed an Italian for 22 Years? award, can they?

Personally, I think the title Blue Nose should go to Sir Alex. Blue onits own will do me nicely, thanks.

Paul Okell
19   Posted 26/11/2007 at 21:18:40

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George Gillet is one of Americas biggest Meat packers owning lots of meat packing plants, so the fat spanish waiter could end up as corned beef
Peter Singer
20   Posted 26/11/2007 at 22:06:52

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Rich Jones: many fans voted ’Yes’ to the move. Are they not Evertonians then?

They sure are, even if I don’t agree with their choice and think they made a mistake. Kenwright’s biggest mistake is appointing Wyness but I’m convinced it was a genuine error and sadly I think he still can’t see it.
Ed Fitzgerald
21   Posted 26/11/2007 at 21:57:17

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We can take the piss all we like, but the sad fact is that big blue bill has presided over a move out of the city, and they will have a stadium in Stanley Park. You can bet that Hicks will respect the branding that goes along with Liverpool FC, whilst we will be playing at the TESCO stadium. Moores got out of Liverpool when he could take them no further. Moyes I have respect for, Kenwright zero (because he is an evertonian is that reason enough?)

I grant you he has stuck by Moyes (who wouldnt of)

Whatever happens with the sale, if it happens it will be down to the manager? He has the final say. - directed at David Moyes as Bill Kenwright makes him solely responsible for selling Wayne Rooney. Nice try, Bill, but your spin is worn out

A classic piece of Kenwright move the blame somewhere else, Kings Dock, Fortress Fund there are loads of examples from his tenure. He is like a first world war general, missing when the bullets starts flying.

Its great we are playing well and like all Blues I am so happy to see us play genuinely progressive football and win in style. But lets not pretend we are a picture of unity at the moment. If Kenwright had said five years ago, that our only choice was to go to Kirkby, be on a retail park, have a stadium named after a supermarket, would we have thought this man was a successful chairman?

James Elworthy
22   Posted 26/11/2007 at 22:40:32

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7-1, Benitez on the verge of the sack, everyone in this posting in party mood then in come the Kirkby crew. I bet you lot tell your kids there aint no Santa Claus
Kevin Mitchell
23   Posted 26/11/2007 at 22:39:12

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Before the Kirkby issue came up I was firmly behind Kenwright, knowing he was the only person willing to take over the club from Johnson. He had to beg borrow and steal to raise the cash, so why would he now put the whole future of the club in jepardy. He knows It isn’t the right move otherwise there wouldn’t be a vote.
Why doe’s he seemingly allow some imposter like Wyness to have full control over this impending disaster?
Paul Conatzer
24   Posted 26/11/2007 at 23:11:29

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Hicks spent $250 million on Alex Rodriguez and the Rangers were still bad...but what do you expect from a team that once had George W. Bush as one of its owners....
Ed Fitzgerald
25   Posted 26/11/2007 at 23:38:20

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James - This thread is about how lucky we are to have Kenwright, the author claims he is no businessman, does not have much money, and annoys us (his words not mine). His only attributes according to the author are that he is a blue and has stuck with Moyes. Therefore it would seem appropriate for people to challenge that view?

He did however appoint Wyness a cheeky fat twat who takes 420,000 yet makes a loss, and slags the miinister for sport for daring to claim footballers are paid too much. He is two faced git who guess what supported wage restraint in Scotland for footballers.



Who knows when Kenwright will get out, maybe when he can recoup his investment many times over if we go to Knowsley. Ooh sorry a nasty thought about cuddly Blue Bill. What i dislike most about him is the way he hides over every difficult issue.
Andrew Weston
26   Posted 26/11/2007 at 23:48:23

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Bill Kenwright may not be perfect but I remember RS Peter Johnson.
Need I say more?
Lyndon Lloyd
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27   Posted 27/11/2007 at 01:20:21

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Johnson?s faults were legion and his plans for the club malignant but arguably the two most controversial aspects of his reign were that he increased debt signing players the club couldn?t afford and tried to move the club to Kirkby.

Let me know if I?m being too cynical here but the difference under Kenwright is that on the first point he?s had the likes of the Rooney and Sky TV windfalls to bail him out; on the second the decade that has passed between the Aintree proposal and Kirkby Project has allowed fans to believe that moving to Tesco?s car park is our only chance to survive.

James Elworthy
28   Posted 27/11/2007 at 08:54:21

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Chief Executives Ed do earn fat cat salaries whether you despise them or not £420k is a drop in the ocean to what the blokes gets who are chief executives of British Gas or the Post Office.
Granted we are not as big as those organisations and by my calculation that puts Wyness on 8k a week which I am not sure he merits.
I am not a fan of Wyness I lost my season ticket on the front row of the main stand which I had many years near the halfway line and got shoved out by the corner flag due to corporates getting my seat ( I now sit somewhere else and can see my seat and the corporates returning to it 10 mins into the 2nd half) and I did tell him where to go at that time along with his number 2 a gentleman called Harvey Smith. I do not like the way the man goes about his business and I have serious reservations about Kirkby, the parking the traffic jams, the location etc etc just like many of us do, but as the majority that voted have sent us there I accept the democratic process.
However all I was saying that everyone was having a laugh impersonating Texans and having a go at Rafa, and were made up with the result so we could do without any mention of Kirkby on this thread and save it for another one, no other reason, I dont disagree with your comments about Kenwright at all and I did hear him again on the radio phone in on the way home from the match jumping on the bandwagon also.
Ed Fitzgerald
29   Posted 27/11/2007 at 09:12:17

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James

Point taken touche. Like all Blues I have a dubious optimism that makes me thing we are special, different and unique. I am simply very concerned that the move we are embarking upon will destroy our identity. I simply want the club to live by its motto and I am not sure Kenwright plays it straight with the fans and he trades on his Blue roots too heavily. He is an actor by trade

James Elworthy
30   Posted 27/11/2007 at 11:57:51

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Technically speaking Lyndon Johnson’s proposed move to Kirkby Golf Club which is now called Liverpool Municipal Golf Club wasnt moving into Knowsley we would of stayed within the city boundaries.. I just checked on the Liverpol City Council website where it confirms the golf course as belonging to them
To the very extreme yes but still within Liverpool City boundaries
However the hamperman presided over some bad times at the club, the Mike Walker era the sale of the Dunc behind Smiths back.
Michael Newton
31   Posted 27/11/2007 at 12:54:09

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Ed: I know BK is an actor and I know he only comes out of the woodwork when things are going well. I know my passion and I am sure yours too, are equal to his for the club, only he is in a position of power and we are not. He does lack business acumen and relies heavily on others who can easily lead him down the garden path, Wyness, Terry Leahy, Philip Green and Robert Earle are businessmen first and foremost, and only Leahy and Earle are Evertonians to my knowledge of those four, not sure about Green but I dont think he is.
Leahy doesnt become Chief Executive of one of Britains biggest companies by being a thicko he knows what he is doing and it is well documented how ruthless Tesco are. He is pulling BK’s strings on this move assisted by Wyness. BK is happy for the businessmen to get on with matters whilst he produces theatre productions, turns up at Goodison on a Saturday shakes the hands of every cleaner, ex player and dogsbody he comes across inside the inner corridors of Goodison.
My appreciation for Kenwright was purely for sticking by the manager and I avoided any reference to Kings Dock, Fortress and Kirkby.
Jay Campbell
32   Posted 27/11/2007 at 13:11:15

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Kenwright is a disgrace end ov.
Colin Potter
33   Posted 27/11/2007 at 13:48:02

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I cant believe after all the lies and deceit Kenwright has come out with, there are people who still believe him, absolutely mind boggling!!!! The man is a complete prick of the first water!!
Mick Mac
34   Posted 27/11/2007 at 19:00:51

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It?s interesting to hear people saying that Kenwright is ok because he stood bye Moyes. I did read some one who says ? Who wouldnt? BUt I rememeber an article around the time of the fortress fund ruse that Gregg wanted shut of Moyes. So Kenwright hatched a paln to stop Gregg getting control of the club. He did tjhis with the aid of Philip Green and Terry Leahey. Good on him and good on them. We will be getting a stadium where we will be able to see the whole match in comfort and not be jumping aound when we cant watch it because of the girders.
Wyness like him or not is slowly turning the club around and he deserves his money. HAsnt every one noticed we have stopped selling our best players. I am firmly of the opinion that nothing could have stopped Rooney from going once he changed agents.
We are on our way to better things I know we are

COYB
Art Creevy
35   Posted 29/11/2007 at 15:31:56

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In the current climate EFC are performing above expectations, based on expenditiure etc. The move to whereever will take place and given the ?referendum?, most of the ?investing? blues have said Kirkby is worth looking into (thats all it said).

I agree with those who question Bill's business acumen, I agree with those who want/demand more investment. However, I temper all that with the realisim that we are and have always been outside the 'attractive club' label. It is what makes us unique.

I love us being the underdog and upsetting the applecart, it?s been a long time since we were innovators in football, I firmly believe that standing firm against the influx of speculative investment gives us that uniqueness and I for one welcome the move to the ?Tesco? arena or whatever, because we will get it at a cut down price and with reduced risk!

Need a lie down now.....

Rich Jones
36   Posted 30/11/2007 at 08:42:47

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I'll say it again: you can't just ignore a large percentage of your fans. What if the 10,000 that voted No voted with their feet? If we voted over say changing our kit and 10,000 said No and 15,000 said Yes and 8,000 didn't know... You can't ignore such a large minority as you may cut your nose off to spite your face.

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