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It bemuses me how many of us Evertonians voice our opinion on websites like this, on the radio and between ourselves about how disgruntled we are with Mr Kenwright... yet the general feeling is not voiced in unison.

The premise that he's "One of Us" just doesn't wash anymore. There has been absolutely no investment in our club for far too long now without good enough explanation why. The only money that has been spent is what we have recouped from sales, and now we're selling and loaning out players from what is already a thin squad with no sign of replacements.

Year on year, we're getting the early renewal hard sell for season tickets followed up by the half-season ticket just prior to the transfer windows opening. Many of us buy in hoping to see investment and fresh faces but they never come, even when we're told that "There is money available for David Moyes".

Apparently the club has been for sale for years ? to the right buyer ? yet nobody suitable has come forward. Therefore, we are either in worse financial trouble than any of us realise, the major shareholder is asking too much money, or he really won't relinquish control of the train set. Perhaps all three are true. We'll probably never know because it's all kept very quiet and we let it be that way.

I despise Liverpool FC but you have to hand it to them: they didn't stand for their crap owners and put their weight behind pushing them out. Maybe it's time we did the same? Change is certainly overdue. Could a new owner really be any worse, or are we all too scared after what Agent Johnson did... and don't want to rock the boat further?

Scott Edwards, Crosby     Posted 14/02/2011 at 22:40:54

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Michael Tracey
1   Posted 14/02/2011 at 23:58:45

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Simple answer: too many apathetic fans.
Gavin Ramejkis
2   Posted 15/02/2011 at 00:14:34

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Michael, you've hit the nail on the head.

I've been asked recently on this website by lots of pro or do fuck all about it themselves merchants what will I do, I've also asked where has the spirit of the fans gone that chased Johnson from the club?

We should protest and we should become media attention seekers to get the message out there that we aren't satisfied anymore. I've just posted an article which hasn't hit the site yet, hopefully I'll get responses from both sides of the fence on it.

Dennis Stevens
3   Posted 15/02/2011 at 00:21:57

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The most straightforward way to put pressure on the Board is to stop buying tickets for the match. Banks of empty seats, falling matchday revenue & a marked drop in season ticket renewals might prompt some kind of reaction & almost anything would be better than this ongoing inertia.
Tom Hughes
4   Posted 15/02/2011 at 00:24:20

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Moyes has papered over all the cracks for years, but it looks like the walls are finally crumbling now, and he's grown weary of the endless uphill struggle he's had keeping us afloat. Unfortunately, some fans would rather blame him than the landlord because the landlord's one of us (supposedly).....
Kevin Tully
5   Posted 15/02/2011 at 00:44:23

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Who was the last player we signed when we all thought "can't wait to see him play."

We are in serious decline, the board haven't got a pot to piss in, and have gone into the witness protection programme.
Dennis Stevens
6   Posted 15/02/2011 at 00:51:19

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Kevin, I think that should be WITLESS protection programme!
Ste Traverse
7   Posted 15/02/2011 at 01:06:05

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Even if Kenwright took us all the way to League Two and beyond we'd still have fans defending him and giving us lame excuses for his failings.

All this 'true blue' shite has never washed with me as he doesn't do what's best for Everton FC, he does what's best for Bill Kenwright.

The man's an arrogant power crazy egomaniac and he's slowly but surely destroying this club.
Alan Williams
8   Posted 15/02/2011 at 08:09:33

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Simple answer is most fans including myself back the board. They are not perfect and we lack investment but considering what could happen, we are doing ok... yes, just ok.

Unless we can find this magic billionaire then the reality is there for everybody too see. Most fans understand that ousting BK doesn?t achieve anything without investment or a new owner. This problem is bigger than the petty hatred of BK. A good article in the Times yesterday Goal supplement, last page; final paragraph is very poignant to our current situation. I and all my friends who attend the match are happy to stay with what we have for the time being; I feel that is generally the feeling about ? that?s why you don?t have any appetite for a demonstration. COYB

Mike Gwyer
9   Posted 15/02/2011 at 08:49:46

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Hey, I'm no saint and my love for Everton is unquestionable, but what the fuck are we, as supporters, supposed to do?

This is not the 70's or 80's where mob war fare was common at any ground, there are now many rules that the stadium stewards will ensure you, the supporter, obey - and believe me BK will have instructed the stewards to eject any supporter who does not obey those rules.

Being labelled "Apathetic fans" is quite a kick in the teeth to supporters who can see a hugh part of their lives, Everton FC, getting internally and externally battered. We are not thugs, we just want answers.

Moyes is taking 65K per week for his troubles, surely he is in a financial position to say "fuck this" and walk, or is his love for the money too great?

Standing in your seat at GP and shouting "fuckoff BK" is no good, however several thousand fans, standing together, and shouting that same statement will definately get you heard and it will definately keep the stewards busy.

Phil Bellis
10   Posted 15/02/2011 at 09:11:39

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Ah...the sight of cushions, skipping and frisbeeing towards the directors' box, the players entrance a carpet of blue polystyrene, a ring of coppers (is that right collective noun?) surrounding the pitch...happy days
Trouble is, not enough of us left who remember and believe in Nil Satis and getting fed up arguing with the realistic, we know our place, we're skint, post-Sky support
Andrew Flanagan
11   Posted 15/02/2011 at 09:16:30

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If you check out the wikipedia pages on Robert Earle and Sir Phillip Green they make for interesting reading. Apparently Green is involved in negotiating transfer deals for us!!!! What exactly is he getting out of the club in return because he doesn't strike me as the sentimental type? He certainly isn't investing we know that.

The point being who exactly is running the club as I suspect Bill is were he is due to the grace of others E.g. Earle bailing him out by buying up Greggs shares.
KPR Williams
12   Posted 15/02/2011 at 10:34:00

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Without a doubt, season ticket sales will be seriously reduced this year. Whether or not that spurs any action is hard to predict, I really do hope we survive this season in the Premier League as I see this close season as the most pivotal for as long as I can remember.
Andrew Clare
13   Posted 15/02/2011 at 10:42:13

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There is no point in blaming Bill Kenwright. He is an Evertonian like all of us. The fact is, if a billionaire buys Everton, we will succeed; if not, we will struggle.

Unfortunately it is looking as though no one is interested in Everton FC. Old stadium, too much debt etc.

We can all post on here about the Chairman, the Manager and Players letting us down but the reality of our plight is it is none of them ? it is the lack of MONEY!

Anthony Hughes
14   Posted 15/02/2011 at 10:56:40

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That's right, Andrew: if a Billionaire buys us, we succeed; if not, we will struggle.

Kenwright should never have bought the club in the first place if he knew he didn't have the money to take us forward. Ergo, here we are now, chickens finally coming home to roost.

If we hadn't been blessed with the emergence of Wayne Rooney and the funds his sale generated six or seven years ago, I dread to think what sort of state we would be in now. The sales of Rooney and Lescott have given Kenwright breathing space for a few years to make it look like he was spending money. In reality our, transfer kitty has not been Board generated.

We now find ourselves looking at a summer transfer window where we have already more or less been told there's no money for any players. If other clubs around us strenghten in the summer, do we think our current small squad of players will be enough to fight off a relegation battle next season?

David McMillan
15   Posted 15/02/2011 at 11:46:49

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Having read Sean McGuire's article here on the site, I cannot disagree with anything he has said, our club is now in free-fall both on and off the pitch in both a football and business sense.

If we are to voice our opinion, it's critical we act NOW before it's too late. We need a unified, coherent, strategic and organised protest, we must visibly pull together on mass on the street AND in the media on a regular basis both on match days and at appropriate key events.

These ARE dire and serious times for our club, we are in a perpetual downward spiral with no relief in sight. We need a complete change in the boardroom AND across the business as a whole and we need it NOW, or it WILL be (and mark my words) RIP EFC. I kid you not.

David Holroyd
16   Posted 15/02/2011 at 12:34:26

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In the short term, the answer is stop going: rows of empty seats, as in the early 80s, might SHOCK Kenwright into doing something. Where is he when it's all going tits up? He is not on television then is he playing Mr BIG?
Russ Quinlan
17   Posted 15/02/2011 at 13:02:35

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I've just seen something that really sums up our useless Chairman.

In March, in Aberdeen (where I live) Kenwright is Promoting his latest Production at His Majestys Theater... JEKYLL & HYDE!!

I never thought I'd see something so apprpriate to our invisible Charman!
Phil Bellis
18   Posted 15/02/2011 at 13:14:43

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Tom Bowers
19   Posted 15/02/2011 at 13:48:28

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I am sure Kenwright is fully aware of the bad situation regarding the team, even if the financial side of things is under control. The problem is that, like a lot of poor referees, he doesn't have the guts to take the appropriate action when necessary.

Keeping the books balanced is one thing but neglecting the team could lead to the Championship where income will be even more depleted. We are now in the dogfight and make no mistake every game is crucial from here on in.

It is hard to believe that a club like Everton cannot get an investor when other so-called smaller clubs seemed to have had no trouble... still, that does not have any bearing on Moyes's team selection and tactics which have been very questionable this season.

Charles King
20   Posted 15/02/2011 at 13:34:26

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Phil @ 9

My thoughts exactly.

But I woke at 5am this morning after a dreadful nightmare about us ACTUALLY being relegated.

It made those days you mention seem like a peace protest, the nightmare had thousands of Evertonians exploding into anger ripping up seats, fires in the stands, board members being assaulted, death threats ? horrendous stuff. The news media recording every unsavoury moment

As I lay awake the horrible dawning of what us going down might really mean sent a shudder down the spine.

I hope the buggers involved know Armageddon could be round the corner.

Michael Kenrick
21   Posted 15/02/2011 at 17:05:59

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Alan, or anyone with access to The Times ? any chance of a cut & paste of Oliver Kay's article? I was able to pull it up on the iPad Times app but not on the website...

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