Others have delivered arguments for this issue in a far more eloquent and fact-laden manner than I am able to, and so I will use this post in an attempt to support this stance, rather than impose an over reaching theory of my own.
Evertonians in this current climate, are feeling a sense of increasing alienation from the hierarchy of our beloved club. From a seemingly obvious refusal to release the financial figures of last year and a lack of transparency regarding how much they want for the club, to older issues such as the scrapping of the AGM, a place where shareholders should quite rightly get the chance to to voice their opinions. Bill and his board have progressively shut up the shop and closed any existing channels of dialogue between themselves, and us.
This issue of the boards ostracisation of the fans is becoming increasingly untenable for many, yet there are still some 'supporters' who feel that Bill is the lesser of two evils, a case of 'better the devil you know?' but is it?
The arguments posed to support this are the rough handling of some clubs by foreign investors, the Portsmouths of this world are used as warning of how foreign cash doesn't always come with a guarantee of stability. You only have to look across the park to see just how close to catastrophe a massive club can come. And yet, I find myself doing just that, looking across the park and feeling a pang of jealousy.
Liverpools owners are setting up a new forum with which they can have a more direct line of communication with what they see as their biggest assets, the fans. It is to be called The Liverpool FC Supporters Committee and it will meet four times a season, at Anfield, to discuss all of the issues affecting Liverpool Football Club. The owners take this egalitarian gesture one step futher, Tom Werner and John Henry will attend at least two meetings personally and when they do they will be meeting with 17 'democratically appointed' fans.
Those of a more cynical bent will say that this is a gesture, designed to appease the fans and lead them into a more docile accepting state. They, in my opinion, would be very wrong. Lerner and Heny are boxing very clever here, they recognise that the fans are better placed than anyone else to evaluate the clubs condition, and even if they haven't got the business acumen to strategize a proposal from start to finish, fans can be pool of wealth to mined for the betterment of their business. And make no mistake, this is a business decision on behalf of the Americans, one that our board have neither the decency or the imagination to implement.
Cynicism aside many of the Liverpool fans will just be happy to get a level of transparency at their club, something that we as Evertonians are unlikely to ever get whilst the current incumbents are in charge. I did not wish to use this post as a rallying call to revolution, I am not the man to implement such a manoeuvre as I don't have the requisite skills or contacts to do so, however I do hope we Evertonians might start to think about forcing a change.
That lot across the road have shown us what fan power can achieve, for as much as this was a canny business move on behalf the Yanks, in the back of their minds they will have images of the SOS brigade demonstrating their disgust and disapproval if anything was to go wrong, and they won't want that sort of a fight. Unfortunately our board doesn't currently feel that level of pressure, if they did then maybe they would feel obliged to do the same for us.
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1 Posted 23/01/2011 at 05:59:56
I can't get my head around why we STILL have fans defending the embarassing useless oaf that is Bill Kenwright.
2 Posted 23/01/2011 at 08:03:32
3 Posted 23/01/2011 at 09:07:13
Moyes has got his salary and quite likes the plucky underdog slant the press always give him
It wont change until we start BOOING BK for his lack of effort in taking the club forward
He's a Blue though and thats enough for some of us init!!!
4 Posted 23/01/2011 at 09:12:22
If that's all he has to offer then why are these fans still backing him?
If just being a blue is all the credentials you need to run this club then any of us 36,000 regulars are qualified to do the job.
5 Posted 23/01/2011 at 09:30:56
There is no point is continuing to bleat 'Kenwright must sell' or 'Kenwright must go'. If the author of that report correctly states the situation, Kenwright can't sell because there truly are no buyers.
6 Posted 23/01/2011 at 10:52:03
7 Posted 23/01/2011 at 13:06:43
Some fans are saying Elstone is a really nice guy, approachable etc etc. Well he is the mouthpiece of BK. He also lied and misled supporters over DK.
The rest, including Grantchester, by supporting board- BK/Green decisions are equally as guilty
Its not just BK who should go its a total clearout of the whole rotten bunch
8 Posted 23/01/2011 at 14:34:12
9 Posted 23/01/2011 at 13:54:57
I don't like Kenwright, I believe he loves the Blues, but loves power more and I don't believe he is doing enough to make me think otherwise. But I also don't like what could be the alternative.
If you guys believe that Everton would be a better club if we got rid of Kenwright and the board then you must stick to it and oust them all. But I want to be able to read your forum messages supporting the foreign investors that take over, even if it means watching Everton field mercenaries in a shit hole of a stadium (shared with Tranmere), that is, if you can afford the ticket price.
Personally, I'm happy to wait it out to see what happens to Everton over the next 4/5 years, to see if we can miraculously challenge for top positions and win trophies without having any money (then Joe McGinniss can write a book about us). Either that or I am hoping the Hawaiian Doctor from Stargazing live spots a gigantic meteor heading towards us, early enough to thwart it and is given a Billion Dollars to spend as a thank you gift.
10 Posted 23/01/2011 at 15:33:21
"Personally, I'm happy to wait it out to see what happens to Everton over the next 4/5 years, to see if we can miraculously challenge for top positions and win trophies without having any money"
The important word there is 'miraculous', because that is exactly what it would be.
We are in the position were we can not afford to bide our time over this issue. 4/5 years in football is a lifetime and I believe by then we will be a mid table championship team.
I believe Kenwright and his cronies are holding out for a big payday, with figures circa £200m being quoted as the price that is required to force their hand, they are pricing many buyers out of a move.
If we protest, boycott and vote with our feet and wallets, then the board has to sit up and take notice, because this will directly effect the value of the club.
The lies and the the lack of dialogue with supporters has gone on long enough, they think they have us over a barrel, and whilst we keep our mouths shut then maybe they do. 1/2 years will be too long a time in the current climate. 4/5 years, we will destroyed by then.
11 Posted 23/01/2011 at 19:39:15
I find it very strange how, during all of January, we have not heard a peep out of our leader BK. I wonder why that is?
12 Posted 23/01/2011 at 20:00:08
13 Posted 23/01/2011 at 19:46:29
1. Get the fucking escalators to the Top Balcony working on a regular basis.
2. Take back the catering from the thieves who are ripping honest people off with their outrageous prices.
3. Get someone with business sense, who can sit down with the team manager and decide - PRE-SEASON - who we can sell, player wise and who we can then use the money generated to bring in to improve the squad.
4. Do some basic maintenance on the stadium to at least give the impression that the board give a fuck.
5. Involve the club in some meaningful pre season tournaments that not only get the team prepared for the start of the season, but raise the clubs profile (there has to be a reason why we always start the season so poorly, every season)
6. Bring an executive whose brief is to generate funds for the club, not protect the board.
7. Realise that cost cutting now will reduce season ticket renewal next season, crowds of - 30000 a certainty next season, the economy already starting to bite into attendances.
There must be many more that people find annoying in this age where service and customer satisfaction are paramount, one dissatisfied customer can dissuade a dozen others from using a service etc
Sam Walton - Founder of Walmart
A customer is the most important person in any business
A customer is not dependent upon us. We are dependent upon him.
A customer is not an interruption of our work. He is the sole purpose of it.
A customer does us a favor when he comes in. We aren't doing him a favor by waiting on him.
A customer is an essential part of our business--not an outsider.
A customer is not just money in the cash register. He is a human being with
feelings and deserves to be treated with respect.
A customer is a person who comes to us with his needs and his wants. It
is our job to fill them.
A customer deserves the most courteous attention we can give him. He is
the lifeblood of this and every business. He pays your salary. Without
him we would have to close our doors. Don't ever forget it.
Walmart not the best at treating their employees, but the customer ideas apply to all businesses.
What Im trying to get to is, apart from the performance of the team, I just do not enjoy going to the game any more, poor team performances I can take, a poorly run club, that just takes your money and does nothing else, well I cant.
14 Posted 23/01/2011 at 22:50:47
15 Posted 23/01/2011 at 23:10:38
16 Posted 23/01/2011 at 23:20:17
I must state that I am very sceptical of any possible Russian, American or Arab buyers, but the way things are going I am starting to wonder whether ANYONE would be preferable to the current lot.
17 Posted 23/01/2011 at 23:55:43
18 Posted 24/01/2011 at 07:37:18
A Chairmans Customer Service policy & Various associated definitions
A Customer best (defined as someone who thinks they are important to a business but can be replaced.)
A customer is the most important person in any business, (after me of course)
A customer is not dependent upon us. (But they are mugs.. We are not dependent on them so feed them crap its ok.)
A customer is not an interruption of our work. He is the sole purpose of it. (And I am happy to answer any question they have on the latest West End gossip. )
A customer does us a favor when he comes in (but we are doing a favour by letting them in so cheaply)
A customer is an essential part of our business?(Customer Service = Lip Service)
A customer is not just money in the cash register. He is a human being with feelings and deserves to be treated with respect. (As long as they understand they have no rights and I don?t have to listen to them.)
A customer is a person who comes to us with his needs and his wants. It
is our job to fill them. (its our job to make more money out of them)
A customer deserves the most courteous attention we can give him. He is the lifeblood of this and every business. He pays your salary. Without him we would have to close our doors. Don't ever forget it. (Bleed them dry.)
Definition of a small shareholder? ? Pain in the arse. But we shut them up
Definition of an Investor ? Has money but still a pain in the arse as they might want something for it
Definition of a buyer ? Has the required money, loves Everton, happy to let me run the show, will make no changes to the board, doesn?t want shares, will pay all our debts and happy to sign an open ended confidentiality clause.
Disclosure of accounts ? No longer required to disclose. What they can?t see can?t hurt me.
19 Posted 24/01/2011 at 11:31:17
20 Posted 24/01/2011 at 11:21:07
21 Posted 24/01/2011 at 11:55:54
22 Posted 24/01/2011 at 12:16:04
Now to my point! I think Kenwright (and the board as a whole I think) is refusing to sell because he knows if he accepted an offer, during the ?due diligence? stage, the prospective new owner would have one look at the accounts and say to himself ?what the fuck has been going on here??.
Then when the prospective new owner abandons the planned takeover, everyone will wonder what the hell put him off, and Kenwright could finally be found out by those who are still bind to him.
23 Posted 24/01/2011 at 21:42:32
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