We all know Roberto Martinez will probably have to work within a budget next season even though we are getting more and more TV revenue than ever before and we’ve continued to sell before we buy time and time again. I, like many other fans of this club, am now sick of ‘just having to make do’.

My eyes have been well and truly opened to how this club operates. For years we have just existed; we won’t look to improve or change our ideas and ways, we don’t look to kick on and better ourselves, and it’s this Board’s way or no way. For years, we’ve apparently been searching for investment, yet nothing concrete is ever said or ever happens at our club. And all the while, hardly anyone bats an eyelid!

There are never any developments on the investment or sale side of things, even though football clubs are being bought, sold and invested in across the Leagues. But not Everton for some reason? Are we even for sale or actively looking for buyers or interested parties? Does everyone just believe Kenwright in the infrequent interviews he gives, when he has told us the Club are actively seeking buyers and looking for investment 24/7?

If we carry on as we are our Club will remain as the ‘overachievers’ – a side who have a tendency to ‘make the best out of what we’ve got’. Will we always aspire to finish somewhere between 8th place and 5th, and ‘just come up short’ in every competition we partake? Well I, like many others, have had enough. It’s time we showed ambition, took a few chances, we either continue as we are or something has to give, be it changes at boardroom level – ground regeneration or new projection, new investment and better transparency – something has to give.

Even though thousands of Evertonians are happy to continue to pay their £500 for season tickets without even thinking about off-field matters (whilst that continues, so will Kenwright and the way the club is ran), they are happy to buy their pie and their pint and putting up with the disappointments and shortfalls the club put us through, there is also a large faction of our support that have turned their backs on the club too. These fans seem to be on the increase, refusing to buy tickets or Everton merchandise. These fans are openly protesting against the way the club is run and some of these fans are even setting up Supporters Trusts, attempting to put ideas in place for a fan-owned Everton.

As far-fetched as that might sound it is such as the feeling out there towards our Chairman – this is fact. We’ve seen it before with the Blue Union, the People's Group et al, but nowadays the feeling tends to be more widespread; maybe not everyone is willing to protest but these Evertonians are certainly having their say. I see and hear it every single day! Surely something is not right if that many of our fans are angry and unhappy about it?

Whilst our fans continue to air their opinions on all things Everton, Kenwright never says a peep – even when there were calls for Martinez to go this season, sheer anger from our fans and a sour atmosphere, nothing was said. No backing of the Manager or players, ‘Martinez Out’ written on the walls of Goodison... again nothing said. Nothing said about spend, about profits or plans for a new stadium, new projects, it’s all very silent at Goodison Park.

So it is down to us, the fans, to bicker amongst ourselves and attempt to find answers or solutions – but isn’t that the job of the Board, to find answers and solutions for the better of this Football Club we all love? Does Kenwright love Everton or just love being in charge at Everton? Like a real showman, and we are all just his puppets?

Many Evertonians remain fully behind Kenwright and believe he is the right man to take Everton forward. Some label him as our saviour and plenty suggest that they would rather have a fan of the Club who is British in charge rather than a flash-in-the-pan foreigner. Well, for every tale of clubs going under or downhill under new ownership, there are ten more tales of many others who have gone on to prosper with new investment, new ideas, a fresh start. Kenwright and his cronies – who all appear happy to just bide their time alongside him – will not let go of the club and until they do we will continue to please certain sections of our fanbase by just ‘competing’ in the Premier League, having a little Cup run here and there and signing the odd player now and again. Do people not want more?

I know I certainly do. I am not naïve enough to think these changes would automatically make for a better Everton overnight or bring instant success but, without hope, we have nothing do we? Without hope that one day the powers that be will step aside and allow new life to breathe into this Club. New life that empowers us to kick on, to grow commercially, as a brand, as a team and supporter network.

A new stadium, assets that belong to us, a training ground that we actually own. Business plans that don’t fall flat on their face like they have time and time again under this Chairman and his Board.

It’s almost like it is one big game of chess, nobody is willing to be bold and make that move which will see Everton improve. Its Kenwright’s way or no way. If you speak out against the Club you are shouted down – well now there are too many of our fans shouting and it is about time they were heard.

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Nick Entwistle
1 Posted 05/05/2015 at 10:35:54
The Â’Martinez OutÂ’ shouts are nothing more than you find at a lot of clubs up and down the country. The bottom 14 are all relegation candidates and Mike Ashley was right when he said heÂ’s happy with midtable.

If Spurs have all that financing and get no where, itÂ’s pointless to complain on just making do. How are you going to get the players in to compete with Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea? TheyÂ’ll be signing the likes of Bale in the summer and weÂ’re on the look out for United cast-off Cleverley.

Until the top 4 format changes, and it wonÂ’t, we need to strike lucky with a manager who can at least make us think weÂ’re in with a shout. Moyes was. Martinez isnÂ’t. Bilic could be. But we wonÂ’t have a new guy in for at least another year, unless we flirt with relegation.

Bobby Thomas
2 Posted 05/05/2015 at 12:19:41
On this & other threads there are people wondering how we can get into a position to win the league again.

That is preposterous notion.

The club is currently not set up, it doesnÂ’t have the budget for wages even, to play European football.

We are slowly dropping down the wages paid table. Goodison Park is a ceiling on the clubÂ’s ability to generate money.

In the absence of investment by the current directors, & smoke & mirrors on their intentions, slow motion decline beckons.

This seems unlikely to change as other clubs get their shit together. For example, West Ham will be able to generate more dollar in their new ground & ultimately have a larger wage budget than us. You have to get it right on the pitch of course, but we are gradually being overtaken.

The failure to move the club forward is going to bite very hard one day unless it begins to happen. How long till they actually produce something workable in terms of a ground move? It’s been about 13 years since the Kings Dock & nothing workable has been produced. The current plans are years away from being concrete if they ever get there.

And while we wait, the decline will continue.

William Cartwright
3 Posted 05/05/2015 at 16:16:59
The sheer persistence of Everton keeping up with the top half-dozen in the Premier League (this season excepted), is a testament to the ground base of the club, its position in the community and its core values. The sheer passion of the fans in supporting the team through thick and thin is remarkable.

I suspect Roberto has been knocked off track by a Chairman who has his own agenda (good or bad? No-one really knows). The West Ham reference is spot on. The ground, the location, and active board, a business plan open for review and scrutiny, a history as well a solid fan base. With good management (Moyes?) and money they will do well... very well.

RobertoÂ’s position sandwiched between a silent and distant board and a passionate knowledgeable fan base is simply hovering between a rock and a hard place. Like most Evertonians, last season I was ecstatic at the new life breathed into the Club nearly 2 years ago. US Tour with the big boys, the Pirlo penalty, etc. to say nothing of the real Sin Miedo swashbuckling approach. Sadly both Roberto and Bill have been found wanting.

RobertoÂ’s poster-boy image has moved on; only his alter ego remains on open display. BillÂ’s ego is hiding and likely will remain so until he has a Get out of Jail replacement manager he can afford to appoint to recover the sheer damage Roberto has inflicted on a great group of players and supporters alike. The solution, if there is one, must be based on the success on the field above, but not at the expense of everything else. To achieve that, you need a business plan and fantastic management at all levels on and off the field.

Bill and Roberto will provide neither. They deserve each other, but Evertonians past and present deserve much more. I believe the team have secured Premier League safety and beat Man Utd in respect to Sir Philip and in spite of Roberto. Player power does exists but can only do so much without good direction. Very difficult times ahead.

Rick Tarleton
4 Posted 05/05/2015 at 19:22:39
The superb series of articles by Lyndon Lloyd : "The Slumbering Giant" pieces, Patrick HartÂ’s brilliant exposition and now this one; thank-you, Mark, they all say one thing: Kenwright is letting down the club he professes to love. The stagnation of our beloved club is occurring because Kenwright, missed the opportunity of the KingÂ’s Dock, because he procrastinates on every issue and because he is economical with the truth every time he is asked. The rest of the Board are dilettantes whose real interest is not in Everton.

Everton will decline, like Newcastle are doing; you canÂ’t stand still. Modern football and modern business means that success is about managing change, not saying "WeÂ’re doing alright; letÂ’s keep it like this."

Everton need investment, not just in the team, but in the infrastructure, Kenwright does not want that burden. He wants power without the responsibility, which is always the role of the charlatan.

The longer he stays the worse the stasis, LyndonÂ’s word, will become.

Mick Hoban
5 Posted 05/05/2015 at 19:34:34
Sadly, after 35 years watching, the last 22 in the same seat, IÂ’ve got bored of starting a season knowing that, at best, we might do well in a cup. Nick (#1) is right about the status quo of the top 4 and how the Champions League has ruined and distorted the English top flight of football.

IÂ’m bored of Sunday kick-offs and amended start times, bored of being ignored by the media unless weÂ’re playing one Â’of themÂ’ (the Sky advertising for the Goodison Derby was the last straw).

Bored of being lied to around ambitions, spending, investment etc. And annoyed at being pestered by the club, endlessly, since early Feb to renew my season ticket and the sticker on the seat really backfired.

IÂ’ll always support but, from now on, it’s on my terms. IÂ’ll pick and choose Saturday 3pm games and watch the rest on tele/internet.
I know IÂ’ll always get a ticket... and that’s the saddest indictment of where we are as a club.

Ian Hollingworth
6 Posted 05/05/2015 at 20:45:39
Agree with every word but sadly we do and will continue to just make do. That could be Everton’s motto these days.

It really should be great to have a true Evertonian running the club but sadly it is not... it REALLY IS NOT!!!

Jimmy-Ã…ge Sørheim
7 Posted 05/05/2015 at 20:52:08
I second that Lyndon has hit the nail on the head.

I have never felt the free fall of our club like I am now. This manager is over his head, we lack ambition, and we need better quality players to replace the average ones.

Nothing new, no ambition, it all makes Everton less attractive to follow.

The worst of all is the fake youth ambition; this season has seen not a single youth player break through to the first team That to me speaks volumes of the decline we are in.

Not good enough, simple as that.

Peter McHugh
8 Posted 05/05/2015 at 21:08:14
Mick,

I agree and have too: after 20 plus years of been a season ticket holder, I’ve given up my season ticket. To be honest, it’s not really EvertonÂ’s fault: IÂ’m just sick of us not having 3 pm Saturday kick offs and decided enough is enough now I have 3 young kids.

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 05/05/2015 at 21:21:14
Rick, Mick and Peter understand completely how you feel and I know it will have been hard for you all to give up watching the Blues. IÂ’ve had to think hard and long about renewing my seat, there is nothing really to make me carrying on supporting Everton... but, in the end, I know IÂ’ll go back, but do have full sympathy for those who will go on their own terms.
Steve Cotton
10 Posted 05/05/2015 at 23:33:07
Â’Goodison Park is a ceiling on the clubÂ’s ability to generate money.Â’

Bobby Thomas (#2) fair point but what about the piss poor selling of the club worldwideLFC get 㿀 million a year for their sponsor; we get ٠.5 million

LFC get 㿅 million a year for their shirt manufacturer; we get about 𧼐k.

And there are other sponsorships that we canÂ’t compete with.

Just tell me if you can any discrepancy between any of the above figures???

Bobby Thomas
11 Posted 05/05/2015 at 23:48:56
Steve #10

I think the ground as a revenue generator is at its limit & this canÂ’t be good. But yes, commercially, we are poor.

There is no point in comparing us to Liverpool as the worldwide fan base & exposure means the kit supply deals & sponsorship are in a different league. We donÂ’t participate regularly in European football either for example.

However our current deals are poor. We all know about the Kitbag deal and it has, although stemmed losses & provided guaranteed income, ultimately been a very poor deal for many reasons. It still has 4 years!!

Our shirt sponsorship is, again, poor value. In the most watched league in the world does it make sense to retain the same sponsor for around a decade? Are we actively, aggressively seeking to max the opportunity? Who knows. But compared to peer clubs we fare badly.

Steavey Buckley
12 Posted 06/05/2015 at 01:32:31
The Everton board and chairman should agree that a new stadium should be funded independently as a trust, so that day-to-day financing is not affected by the cost of completing a stadium. Not only would a new stadium provide another stream of finance for the team, but would show that Everton is going forward in a brand new and exciting stadium.
Phil Walling
13 Posted 06/05/2015 at 08:50:55
You can wish for all you want but things will NEVER change at Everton. Get to enjoy supporting a "seventhish" club because without a billionaire thatÂ’s all we can ever be.

Judge the manager on whether or not he can hit that level on a regular basis whilst playing swift attacking football.

Anything above that is a bonus to be relished but never expect it.... With or without BK.

Clive Rogers
15 Posted 06/05/2015 at 09:41:07
Mark,

You have put into words exactly how I feel also. At my age (66), I feel I will never again see the blues successful. The opposite seems more likely. We have been in decline for 16 long years under Kenwright and it could well continue for a similar period, by which time we could have done a Leeds. The club is in a shocking state, with a ground that is a millstone round our necks.

I have not renewed my season ticket this year as I no longer have any expectations that we will move forward in the summer. When have we ever under Kenwright?

Clive Rogers
16 Posted 06/05/2015 at 16:46:19
Phil #13,

What you say is true, but at least we could be moving forward instead of the decline we have had under Kenwright. We should have had a new ground on Kings Dock and the commercial side could have been developed as at other clubs. With these owners, we have lost out on every aspect you can think of. A new ground or redeveloping GP seem a pipe dream now.

Phil Walling
17 Posted 06/05/2015 at 17:52:07
CanÂ’t disagree with one iota of what you say, Clive. I was just commenting on the situation we have now.... not what might (should) have been!
Dave Ganley
18 Posted 06/05/2015 at 21:32:36
Great article and agree with all of the above posts. The sad thing is that we all as fans, seem to be pissing in the wind as regards to getting anybody to listen to our concerns. If this was the RS posting articles like this or Lyndon’s then the media would be all over it, especially the RS flagship paper the Echo. But because it’s Everton, they are not interested,

However I, like many others, refuse to give up hope that we will finally get our club back from the charlatans that masquerade as competent owners and bring back, maybe not the former glories of Championships, but at least show a willingness to compete for trophies and put pride back into being an Evertonian.

Michael McAuley
19 Posted 07/05/2015 at 16:36:58
"Well, for every tale of clubs going under or downhill under new ownership, there are ten more tales of many others who have gone on to prosper with new investment, new ideas, a fresh start."

Please do tell us... I bet you or anybody else on this thread canÂ’t.

Everton is a glorious football club. In my opinion, the reason nobody wants to buy it is the old (but magnificent) stadium and the international recession/lacklustre economy. We donÂ’t see other clubs throughout Europe changing hands right now because, as Bill Kenwright has said, "owning a football club is a rich manÂ’s game" and rich men arenÂ’t buying football clubs anywhere right now.

If there were rich men interested in Everton, there would be no way Kenwright could stop them. ThatÂ’s how M&A works and thatÂ’s what the whole lot of the whiners on ToffeeWeb donÂ’t get.

Mike Childs
20 Posted 07/05/2015 at 19:48:08
Maybe youÂ’re right, Michael. I donÂ’t know, IÂ’ve only been a fan for 5 years but Littlepool sold recently as well as other clubs in the EPL as well as clubs in other leagues.

Your last paragraph is BS as all BK and the rest of the board have to do is say no and then even Bill Gates couldnÂ’t buy the club as itÂ’s privately owned. As far TW whinners go perhaps theyÂ’re just realist while the BK apologists donÂ’t bother with the site because they are in the minority?

Patrick Murphy
21 Posted 07/05/2015 at 20:15:37
I can only take it that Michael is happy with our current situation and the debt that has been loaded upon the club in the last 14-15 years. Where has all that money gone? What have we seen to justify the level of debt – zilch. Fans who want the best for their club when it is obvious that the current owners efforts aren’t good enough are not whingers they are just frustrated with the current situation.
Chris Feeley
22 Posted 07/05/2015 at 20:32:23
"If there were rich men interested in Everton, there would be no way Kenwright could stop them."

So how does that explain the fiasco with turning away Sheik Mansour? What about Fortress Sports Fund? Why did Randy Lerner resort to buying Villa, and why is the Tony Adams led consortium now trying to buy it off him? Why is Josh Harris ready to plough 𧴜m into getting 90% of Palace?
The interest in buying has always been out there in some capacity. On the other hand, the genuine interest to sell had never been present.

Eric Myles
23 Posted 08/05/2015 at 01:42:47
Michael #19 "We don't see other clubs throughout Europe changing hands right now because, as Bill Kenwright has said, "owning a football club is a rich man's game" and rich men aren't buying football clubs anywhere right now."

So why are there 7 potential buyers for Birmingham? WBA have had tickles lately and the announcement about Villa yesterday just show those statements to be complete BS.

John Jones
25 Posted 10/05/2015 at 10:41:53
I fail to understand why Leighton Baines continually takes corners on both sides of the pitch. We send 4 or 5 six-foot plus players into the back of the box and BainesÂ’s delivery invariably ends up being headed away by the oppositionÂ’s near-post defender.

Surely as corners provide a good chance of scoring we need to vary both the taker and the delivery into the box, thereby creating a problem for the opposition defence.

Michael Polley
26 Posted 12/05/2015 at 04:48:55
Tough times ahead for us. We need buyers and a competent manager who can lead us forward.

Sadly, I fear it will be the same old shit next season.


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