Moshiri: 'I bought into a great club'

by | 13/03/2016  89 Comments  [Jump to last]
Farhad Moshiri says that he has joined a new family after watching Everton beat Chelsea yesterday from his seat in the Director's Box.

The Toffees' new majority shareholder was joined by a typically effusive Chairman Bill Kenwright in front of the camera after the stirring 2-0 win over the reigning Premier League Champions where he gave his first interview since buying a 49.9% stake in the club.

"I bought into a great club. I felt it today," the 60-year-old said as Kenwright beamed alongside him. "Let's enjoy the day and let's hope we can energise the club.

"I think you can never take over a club," he concluded. "You become part of a club and I hope to become part of the club. I bought into a new family. That's what special for me and I give them whatever I have."

Kenwright, back at the Grand Old Lady after an extended, illness-related absence, lauded Romelu Lukaku for two excellent goals that won the tie for Everton and then paid tribute to his manager Roberto Martinez who has come in for mounting criticism in recent weeks as inconsistent results in the Premier League have kept the Blues in the bottom half of the table.

"I think we have got to acknowledge Rom's goal because it was an unbelievable goal, wasn't it?" the Chairman said. "I thought his second goal was great, too. I thought they were all great today, I thought they were fantastic.

"You know what I thought today, though? What a manager. You can't hide the fact that there's been all kinds of criticism this week [but] he's stood firm and just beaten Chelsea with some to spare."

Watch the full interview at evertonfc.com

Quotes sourced from evertontv


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Oscar Huglin
1 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:33:14
Love this interview. Let's avoid the Martinez bashing for a moment and appreciate how exciting this takeover could be. Special time for the club.
Darren Hind
3 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:35:44
I believe him, I think we have touched lucky here.

After praising Martinez yesterday I'm going for the double by saying fair play to Bill.

if we murder him when he gets it wrong, we have to acknowledge when he gets it right.

Paul Andrews
4 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:35:54
He had the old onion up the sleeve there.
On the verge of tears.

Farhad sounds a very level headed business man.
You don't get £1.2 Billion by being gullible.

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:36:20
Ok Mr Moshiri, you are saying all the right things right now. Just get on board another few billionaires e.g. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, etc....and let's take the world by storm.

As for BK, recommend him a nice retirement home in Monaco, please.

Andy King
7 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:43:08
Great stuff. Bill doing his usual theatre dramatics, but well done in finding someone who is right for the club. This is not a sprint and all the fans will be patient because we all love our club and have been starved of success for too long

If we can win the cup this year this will give us and the new owner a lot of belief. COYB
Terence Tyler
8 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:44:11
Bill looked OK. His condition must be improving.
Joe Foster
9 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:44:17
Yes you did.
Bob Parrington
10 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:49:13
This shows what's different about our club. It might have taken a long time and I admit that I have wavered along the way. But, if we have found a man who can be excited about being a part of the club, and has the access to funds and the passion to build it, won't this be something to celebrate?

Time, patience etc......... but let's be positive!

Eugene Ruane
11 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:50:12
Well done to Mr Moshiri for managing to keep calm in the face of severe provocation.

Most people in his place, after 10 seconds, would have narkily moved their shoulder and shouted 'would you get your sweaty fucking sausage fingers off me neck, lad, I'm not your bezzie!'

Mike Green
14 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:54:22
Even Moshiri's butting in thinking 'someone please shut him up.....if you're not going to I'll have to do it, and I'm the new boy!'

Looks like he could mean business though. Good, good.

Alan Bodell
16 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:55:23
I just love Bill's love of our club, he's been given loads over his tenure but no-one can take away his love for Everton and Terence, I have to disagree that he looks improving but I hope I'm wrong.
Dan Davies
18 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:02:31
By the sounds of it, Martinez is going nowhere if Kenwright is saying "what a manager".
David Donnellan
19 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:09:33
Bob #10, I am as made up as you about the new guy & feel optimistic for the future, onwards & upwards!

Eugene Ruane
20 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:12:00
Dan, Bill doesn't do subtle that's for sure (a rubber cosh over the back of Moshiri's head 'while screaming 'Roberto must stay!' would have been more subtle).
Simon Bradley
21 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:16:19
This is fantastic:

"I think you can never take over a club," he concluded. "You become part of a club and I hope to become part of the club. I bought into a new family. That's what special for me and I give them whatever I have."

Future looks bright indeed.

Terry Underwood
22 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:19:33
Good to see Blue Bill up and about. He has taken a lot of stick, but remember he SAVED OUR CLUB, he has financed us, laughed with us and cried with us. He articulated perfectly our support for the Hillsbrough families. IMO he is as much a great Evertonian as Alan Ball, Alex Young et al.... good on ya Bill
Dan Davies
23 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:19:34
Eugene,

Bill loves the club and has its best interest at heart but he should be backing off now. Mr Moshiri is the main man, he doesn't need Bill to speak for him! I would love an interview without Bill hanging off his neck.

Rick Pattinson
24 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:20:55
Bill loves the club... he has always tried his best with what little money he has! Let's hope Moshiri opens the cheque book a lot more... give Martinez one more season tops.
Tony Hill
25 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:32:26
Simon (#21), happily I don't believe a word of that from Mr Moshiri. No-one like him spends millions to become a part of anyone's family.

He's in it to make money because that's what he does, and I hope that means two things: he won't be falling for Bill's emotional incontinence, and he will put a priority on the team winning football matches, especially in the Premier League where the big money lives.

Michael Coffey
27 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:47:40
Re another thread on this site, would Mr Moshiri have invested in Everton if he, with all his contacts, and business nous thought a) there was any life in this mooted Euro Trash League and/or b) it would be a problem for Everton?
Bob Parrington
28 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:52:30
I've been an Evertonian since 1954 and, whenever I meet another Blues supporter I know he or she understands football and is passionate. I hope Moshiri is going to fit in to the mould!

Andy Boyer
29 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:00:00
A friend of mine told me last night that someone he knows within the club told him that Bill is sadly not expected to see the end of 2016 which is sad in the extreme.
Bob Parrington
30 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:09:00
Andy, That's really very sad if true. Let's hope there is some Chinese whisper effect in there.

Perhaps the most relevant part of the interview with Mosh and Bill was when Mosh said something to the effect: "I think we just enjoy the day and see if we can energise the club". Sound words from a wise person!!??

Gordon Crawford
31 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:10:10
That's man says all the right things. I'm excited by his words.

Sometimes I'm very critical of Bill Kenwright, whether that's justified or not I'm not sure. But one thing I don't doubt is his love for Everton. I don't care what anyone says, the man bleeds blue.

Peter Gorman
32 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:11:17
"You know what I thought today, though? What a manager."

Get well soon Bill.

Gordon Crawford
33 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:12:52
Andy,

If that's true, then that's just horrific news. But I pray this is not the case. Life is more important than football.

I pray for an upswing in his health. God bless him and his family.

Colin Glassar
34 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:14:01
Well I hope that's not true Andy. Despite my dislike of Bill's handling of the club I bare him no misfortune, especially health wise. I wish him all the best.
Dan Davies
35 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:14:46
I just hope Mr Moshiri has big enough personality to stick up to the other board members and demand better from everybody at the club from the top to the bottom, he needs to show he's No 1 by making big decisions in a business like and decisive manner. I hope he let's everybody know he's the man now, not Bill.
Brin Williams
36 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:18:13
Bill is a character, of that there is no doubt. There is no doubt either that he is an Evertonian and to my mind there is no doubt that he has always wanted the best for Everton.

There is no doubt that Moshri is an astute businessman, he will no doubt, if not already become very attached to Everton and in time there will be no doubt that some will call for his head.

In the Six Day War, there was a leader, another Moshe who had a black patch over one eye. He became a great leader of his people even with his one eye. Our Moshiri has gone into this deal with his eyes wide open, he is not blinkered and to my mind will no doubt deliver all that we expect of him and become a great leader and Evertonian.

Of that there is no doubt.

Tony McNulty
37 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:18:22
Well it looks like we will be having the same manager for a while yet. If only he could marry his expansive football with the realisation that sometimes you have to dig in and defend (I am not sure whether we saw signs of that realisation dawning on Saturday or not).

Following Everton, it is easy for well placed skepticism to turn into cynicism, given some of the recent history. But it has to be said that the new man hasn't put a foot wrong yet. And a 100% victory record per attendance as well.

John Francis
39 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:20:36
I have come all over 007 like. Can we call him M. Does anyone think he looks like Vic Reeves?.
John Malone
40 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:26:43
Bill doesn't look well to me he looked very bloated the other night possibly off medication he is on. I really do hope he recovers from whatever illness he has got because he is a true blue just like us and even though there has been mistakes I do believe he has done his very best for our club and on the whole been a very good chairman!

God bless Bill get well soon!

Bob Hannigan
41 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:28:19
Nice interview, I got the feeling, however, I think the new shareholder was "coached up" by Roberto. Never a discouraging word.

As an Evertonian for over 15 years (a newbie), I'll give him the benefit.

Charles Brewer
42 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:45:07
There is a chance that Everyon has, opportunistically, hit a very beneficial balance. BK is an archetypical luvvie – he's all about show and image: typically excessively positive, naively optimistic. RM is also about show, image – doing the beautiful thing but sometimes failing to remember that theatrical fortresses don't actually stop real enemies (Macbeth and Liu Bei are the ones to think about).

Then there is the new owner. He is not a luvvie, he is essentially an asset less accountant who has done very well.

If we are very lucky he will not only bring a sophisticated financial approach to Goodison, he will bring an understanding that a balance sheet is not about assets, but literally a balance between assets and liabilities – and so defence (whatever that may mean) is just as important as attack.

This Luvvie-Beancounter alliance just might be the football version of
Moneyball.

Jim Potter
43 Posted 13/03/2016 at 22:52:47
Sadly Bill looked ill.

Mr Moshiri said all the right things and seemed a sound bloke. Either they're really good pals or he'd left a tenner on his shoulder.

Roberto gets a reprieve and is here for the foreseeable. The majority will be understandably annoyed by this – one or two of us can stomach it if he learns from his mistakes. If ....

Good luck, Bill.

Tony Draper
45 Posted 13/03/2016 at 23:09:45
Farhad........ you have found your true family, extremely well realised !

Your family departed Iran under difficult circumstances and many of your Blue Family have similar family history as we were drawn, inexorably to "Gods Acre".

Perhaps it was never truly apparent to you before that Everton was home.
Perhaps you hadn't been "touched by Everton".
Now you have. So PLEASE, just consider this............

"Evertonians are born, not manufactured.
We do not choose,
We are chosen.
Those who understand need no explanation,
Those who do not understand, don't matter."

Welcome home Farhad..... your journey has been long and arduous...........

ALL Evertonians accept that our journeys are long and arduous, and that is why we treasure our arrival at "God's Acre"..........

Anthony Dwyer
47 Posted 13/03/2016 at 23:36:25
First things first, secure Rom's future as a blue and the building job is half complete.
Ernie Baywood
48 Posted 13/03/2016 at 23:42:58
"I bought into a new family. That's what special for me and I give them whatever I have."

I missed those last few words when I read it first time around.

*rubs hands together*

Dennis Ng
49 Posted 13/03/2016 at 23:49:26
It's a good interview. A first view of the investor. A good game that he get to sit through. Can't expect much but so far, things look positive.
Les Martin
50 Posted 14/03/2016 at 00:17:39
There has been a lot of criticism of Bill's position during his tenure with regards to why Everton has never been sold. It was obvious that the Chairman did not want to be remembered as someone who sold the club for the wrong shilling.

He has taken his time, and with good reason. In Mr Moshiri he appears to have found the right person to take us forward. Heaven knows what hard work behind the scenes that Bill has done to achieve this, and during a time of suspected severe illness too.

He is to be commended, and hopefully the rumours of his demise are unfounded.

Get well soon Bill, God bless and thanks!!
Don Alexander
51 Posted 14/03/2016 at 00:21:54
I don't doubt BK's allegiance to our, repeat, our club but his tenure has been bog standard at best, and worryingly and annoyingly mysterious. I don't wish him any harm or ill-fortune but it's way past the time for him to leave the stage completely.

Together with his tenure, his contribution given the sums of money involved in his take-over and cash-out, makes the naming of any re-establishment of a boys' pen a shoe-in as the "BK.... Didn't I Do Well Luvvie Pen".

Hopefully under Mr Moshiri we'll all know what it feels like to be doing well.

Anthony Dwyer
52 Posted 14/03/2016 at 00:27:42
I can't understand how or why Bill has to talk up Roberto, FFS we beat a bang average Chelsea side at home.

Awful game, ruined partly by Chelsea tactics but also ruined by our negative formation.

Chelsea were poor, we were poor but had Rom, that was the game in a nut shell.

Jack Mason
54 Posted 14/03/2016 at 01:12:03
Lads can't we all just give at a rest for the weekend at least. We all have our different views on Kenwright and Martinez but after all, we won over the weekend and by and large this is a positive article. Maybe I'm just getting old but sometimes the way we talk to each other is like we're talking to that lot over the park, instead of fellow Evertonians.
Gary Russell
55 Posted 14/03/2016 at 01:19:24
Just goes to show how delusional BK is. " What a manager..." Let us not forget, as Eugene just reminded us of the absolute shite he has come out with over the years. Shite = lies by the way. One decent win and we are supposed just accept all is rosy in the garden. The bluebells are sprouting early but still too many weeds that need fucking weeding.
Dan Davies
56 Posted 14/03/2016 at 01:19:57
Agree Jack getting a bit personal for my liking. Coyb
Peter Barry
59 Posted 14/03/2016 at 01:58:23
Lets reserve our enthusiasm until we actually SEE what Moshiri does. Words are cheap instead, let's judge him on his actions.

I hope he does what he says but lets not celebrate until he does it.
Eric Myles
60 Posted 14/03/2016 at 02:27:49
He has taken a lot of stick, but remember he SAVED OUR CLUB, he has financed us.

There's still fans that believe this nonsense!!!!

David Ellis
61 Posted 14/03/2016 at 02:45:55
Well, Eric, maybe it isn't complete nonsense. He did save us from Agent Johnson and he did appoint Moyes (and stand by him) and got us back being a top-half-of-the-table club. This is not the glory of the past, but compared to our peers in that period (Newcastle, Aston Villa etc) we outperformed them.

He has also stuck by Martinez despite some obvious and justifiable frustrations from the fan base; personally, I think this is still the right decision, but time will tell. Those that chop and change their managers seem to do far worse than us (on a similar budget).

His crime has been to stand in the way of someone richer to take the club forward – but maybe he has now dealt with that too... we have to wait and see how Moshiri turns out.

David Pearl
62 Posted 14/03/2016 at 03:19:19
I liked reading this thread up until the inevitable kicked in. I have no doubt that BK has always had our best interests at heart. I'm also in no doubt that he is no liar and is in fact a genuinely nice man and the only person that we had that kept us safe. Anyway, now he has seemingly finally delivered what he promised and at a time when our squad is filled with top class young talent and sky monies are raining down.

BUT FFS there can't be one single time that anything gets written about Bill Kenwright without me having to read repetitive vile bollox. Actually sick and tired of it. Hopefully I will get a Frankie Howard style screenplay response, love them too.

David Pearl
63 Posted 14/03/2016 at 03:26:48
And on a lighter note.. When we lost to City in the Capital One Cup I put £20 on The Blues winning the FA Cup at 15/1 - COYB!!
Phil Sammon
64 Posted 14/03/2016 at 05:05:14
David Pearl

'I'm also in no doubt that he is no liar.'

Whether you are pro-BK, anti-BK or somewhere in the middle, you absolutely cannot deny that Bill Kenwright is a liar. I'm afraid the evidence is well against you on that matter.

Dave Clark
66 Posted 14/03/2016 at 05:26:56
Anthony Dwyer #52, you are totally right.

I hate to say this but that win at the weekend has made everyone forget how poor we have been in the League this year & how our Manager just cannot defend. I for one am not fooled so easily, we need to be consistently top 4 and are never going to do it with this clown. This was another year to do it and he blew it (again).

Believe me I will not be singing his name at Wembley except if someone starts a Martinez out chant. Anyone who doesn't understand that, accepts mediocrity & is happy with the fact that we've let in more goals at home than Villa!

Of course winning a cup is always nice but it's the League position is the one that matters most in my opinion. Consistently 12th isn't good enough! Strangely I've been a strong supporter of Bill but I just don't understand his stance over Martinez.

Laurie Hartley
67 Posted 14/03/2016 at 06:23:06
Our new major shareholder said an awful lot in not many words during that interview.

"I bought into a great club. I felt it today,"

"I bought into a new family. That's what special for me and I give them whatever I have."

As the saying goes – "When Everton has touched you..."

Brian Porter
68 Posted 14/03/2016 at 06:32:40
Well said, Gary Russell. There was no need for BK's "What a manager" quote. We won a game against the already well deposed Champions and we're expected to forgive RM for all his failings.

Even Mr Moshiri must see through that one. I'm sure he's done his homework and already knows how useless RM is in terms of him being our future manager. To think one good result immediately cancels out all the poor form we've shown all season is naive in the least.

Let's hope our new director has a bit more about him than to fall for that one!
Ernie Baywood
69 Posted 14/03/2016 at 07:28:14
He has lied. The evidence is there. Not all liars are bad people though, some have justification for it, others are misled or uninformed, and of course there are some people misleading others for their own ulterior motives.

I'll judge Bill's chairmanship as having overseen a number of missed opportunities.

I'm not ready to judge Bill as a person or an Evertonian just yet, though I reckon he's done far more than I have to justify the tag. But he's certainly lied to us on more than one occasion.

Ian Burns
71 Posted 14/03/2016 at 08:53:57
Andy Boyer (#29),

I pray that is a rumour and BK fully recovers from whatever illness has been inflicted upon him.

Great interview, heartwarming and for all of BK's natural effusiveness, he bleeds blue; without him Mr Moshiri wouldn't be here and I for one welcome the new shareholder to the EFC family and hope BK is around for a long time yet to show him the ropes.

It looks like RM has at least another season to look forward to, damn it. Well who knows, Saturday might have been the turning point in RM's football education. We hired an apprentice instead of a master craftsman, maybe it's time for him take his final exams and to start repaying that outlay by climbing the league and winning the Cup.

Phil Walling
72 Posted 14/03/2016 at 08:57:13
A word of caution in all this euphoria about Moshiri's involvement. Let us remember that 'investment' brings no automatic route to success. The game is littered with rich men who 'made a total balls' of it!

As Cardiff, Blackburn, Villa and, recently, Chelsea fans will remind you, it's MANAGERS and PLAYERS who bring success – however much you spend on them. Directors are only enablers.

So is Bill's 'What a manager' the guy to fulfil our dreams? I've always thought not but he's got a super bunch of players together and Saturday showed what they are capable of. I just pray it wasn't a one-off!

Derek Knox
73 Posted 14/03/2016 at 09:12:54
Nice photo of Farhad and Bill together, almost like 'Blood Brothers'.

I can only see this being good for the club,in the long run. I'm also glad we got the result, and the performance on the day (well, second half).

I wonder if we would have all been so buoyant, if we had done what we have several times this season, at home, either played crap, or squandered a lead with minutes to go!

Hopefully, all that is now behind us.

Eugene Ruane
74 Posted 14/03/2016 at 09:18:10
Gary (55) - 'Let us not forget, as Eugene just reminded us of the absolute shite he has come out with over the years. Shite = lies by the way'

Where did I say that?

I demand you point to the specific post!

Dave Abrahams
75 Posted 14/03/2016 at 09:26:02
Welcome to the club, Mr Moshiri, I hope your future actions match your words.

If you've known Mr Kenwright for over 18 months, then you will be able to see right through him.

Trevor Peers
76 Posted 14/03/2016 at 09:43:39
Maybe at the eleventh hour BK has finally come good on his promise to take the club forward. We've waited an eternity for some good news.

Better late than never, although it's still far too early to be totally convinced. The signs are looking good.

David Willett
77 Posted 14/03/2016 at 09:45:05
Is it a coincidence that after the announcement of Mr Moshiri's investment the Club released new of new ticket pricing and development at Finch Farm?
Sam Hoare
78 Posted 14/03/2016 at 09:50:27
Welcome, Mr Moshiri.

So far you seem to be doing and saying all the right things. But introductory words and smiles at winning matches are the easy part. We will have a much better idea of how you intend to treat your new family this Summer. I hope your actions live up to your words in the way that is often rare with new owners.

Jim Potter
80 Posted 14/03/2016 at 10:57:01
Mr M chose his words carefully – "You can never take over a club", etc, whilst (to me) your charlatan would have been pumping his fist in the interview and giving it the big 'I am', 'We are', etc, charade.

He appears (so far) very intelligent (hence the size of his wallet), measured and thoughtful. He certainly didn't strike me as a bullsh*ting piss and wind caricature.

I liked' 'energise', 'family' and that he wanted to be 'part of the club' – where others might have used more grandiose terminology.

His face was half impassive half amused when Bill was waxing lyrical about 'what a manager'.

I can only believe his final comment about 'giving them whatever I have' was the excitement of the day getting to him.

I think it bodes well that he and Bill have had an eighteen month engagement before jumping between the sheets. Mr M will have had time to make a considered decision and to make plans – and (to me) Bill will have looked at Mr M's motives, character, ambition and worthiness. More cynical heads will think differently.

All in all I was impressed by his comments. A long way to go and a lot to prove – but a promising introduction.

Christy Ring
81 Posted 14/03/2016 at 10:59:27
I thought BK got carried away with his comment, 'What a manager', but maybe Martinez is listening to the criticism, and his players, and is changing from his stubbornness ways.

Before Lukaku scored, he had Deulofeu off the bench, and ready to come on. After we scored, he changed tactics, and what a difference a week makes? Down to 10 men, he replaced Lennon with Stones!!! Maybe he is learning.

Jim Bailey
82 Posted 14/03/2016 at 11:26:42
Having been an Evertonian for over 50 years cynicism is somewhat of a default setting. I can't help thinking that it was a great win, with lots of pride, passion and commitment on show.

However, it was Moshiri's first visit so the cynic in me hopes that the players weren't looking for contract improvements or wage increases.

Hopefully I'm wrong, because when they play like that what's not to like? I still have huge doubts about the future with Martinez and would be surprised if he's there next season.

Tony Abrahams
85 Posted 14/03/2016 at 12:13:41
The great Evertonian said "come to me", whilst the man of great wisdom, talked about a family!

It's easy to get carried along with emotion, because goodison really was a special place on Saturday night. Let's hope he thought so too, and he even looks at ways to see if we can redevelop it.

Tony Steele
86 Posted 14/03/2016 at 12:50:13
Ant -Martinez comments have been far from knee-jerk; they have been building for a while. But while he is not, in my opinion, the man to take Everton forward, we should all enjoy what he and the players have achieved this weekend.
Jay Harris
87 Posted 14/03/2016 at 12:59:19
Moshiri making all the right soundbytes and appears to have all the ammunition to be a great leader. Would all those people who gush about Bill saving our club and financing it please stop ruining the moment.

Bill has held the club back for over 15 years while he enjoyed his train set moment and sadly now that he is seriously ill he has decided to sell up.
Good luck to him but he is no hero.

Jay Wood
88 Posted 14/03/2016 at 13:31:52
From the little we have read and heard (in his own words) by Farhad Moshri, I like what he has to say.

Judging by the very few comments it attracted, I'm guessing quite a few on TW missed this very good article from The Telegraph by Chris Bascombe which gives more detail and history of the deal than I've seen elsewhere.

Health warning! He was close to buying into the dark side 10 years ago before Gillet and Hicks took over there...

Everton learn from Liverpool error by pinning faith on Farhad Moshiri

The editors did put the link up here on TW, but not very prominently and on Saturday's match day, so it got lost in the euphoria of the cup win.

I found the piece reassuring and encouraging. And whilst we await the more detailed breakdown of who received what for how many shares and at what cost, and what is the current make up and share distribution of the board and major shareholders, BK may well be due some serious Kudos for brokering this deal.

I remain intrigued to know the back story of this deal in the 18 month time frame mentioned and if the American interest was used by Bill to finally flush out Moshri into claiming a stake in the club.

Any capable TWers out there who know how to source the share dealing and price and percentage holdings of the main players in this deal, rather than the 'guestimates' being offered when the deal was first announced?

Gary Russell
89 Posted 14/03/2016 at 13:45:54
Apoligies Eugene!!

....the absolute shite Bill has come out with...

Jim Bailey
90 Posted 14/03/2016 at 13:52:04
Jay (88), Thanks for the link. It did make for an interesting read. Hopefully Bill has pulled the rabbit from the hat. Happy days are coming.
Dave Abrahams
91 Posted 14/03/2016 at 14:04:51
Just watched the interview on the Everton website. I would like to see him being interviewed on his own. Kenwright just can't resist being his vomit-making self – what an egotist the man is, makes my stomach turn.
Kim Vivian
92 Posted 14/03/2016 at 14:11:33
How long has Vic Reeves been a shareholder anyway? (See main pic.)
Christine Foster
93 Posted 14/03/2016 at 14:28:09
It was a great weekend and a great win, and I am so pleased that our new benefactor got off on the right foot. The signs are hopeful that Mr Moshiri is going to influence the future of Everton in a positive way.

It is the deal BK dreamt of but frankly few of us, self included, thought would ever come about. Bill has got his cake and eaten it. Good luck to him and I hope he recovers well from any illness still has. He deserves too enjoy a resurgent Everton as we all do.

In all good conscience I cannot forgive or forget his actions of the past but we have to go forward because we were going nowhere before, commercially or playing wise.

Whilst none of us have the details of any deal, nor the implications of such, we have to embrace and hope that Mr Moshiri gets the measure of what is required, communicates with the fans, has a vision for the club and a desire to succeed.

BK may well try to railroad him into doing things his way aka the interview, but it would be interesting to hear his views alone.

For now we are sleeping a little easier.....

Phil Walling
94 Posted 14/03/2016 at 14:30:52
Leaving aside the plaudits for Moshiri's opening speech and the usual crap from Billy Bullshit (good wishes for a quick recovery, notwithstanding!) – I'm looking on last Saturday's game as 'the Chelsea turning point.'

Perhaps, just perhaps, in years to come, it will be seen in the same light as that Oxford game so many years ago. Surely Bobby and his boys can't revert to type when Arsenal come to town, can they?

That would be just toying with our emotions and there could be no forgiveness, Cup or no bloody Cup, I promise you!

Joe McMahon
95 Posted 14/03/2016 at 14:59:24
I really do have faith in Mr Moshiri (his track records says it all). However I was cringing at Bill's arm around him. Has he not heard of personal space.
Rahman Talib
96 Posted 14/03/2016 at 17:31:05
I am just glad no bloody Yank bought our club.

I was in the States during the 1994 World Cup and these bloody yanks were behaving like nothing is happening.

And you expect these type of people to run a football club!?!

They'd run Everton into the ground... just like what they did with their banks.

Charles Brewer
97 Posted 14/03/2016 at 17:53:26
Today the press has rightly been full of praise for how Barry handled the Costa incident. Barry showed the kind of class we expect of a proper Everton player, and long may it last.

Having been as critical an anyone over the years, I want to look back in a year and say, "It was worth waiting for a decent new owner, Martinez has learned a great deal and the team is starting to show consistent excellent form."

I am more than happy to put the last 20 years behind us and look forward to a decade of domination of English and European football by Everton.

We'll still be last on MotD, of course.

Brent Stephens
98 Posted 14/03/2016 at 18:00:05
Just realised that our Mr 49.9% is the spit of Vic Reeves. Now there's a sensible man.
Stewart Lowe
99 Posted 14/03/2016 at 19:10:35
Has anyone considered Martinez making a laughing stock of us next season?

Think about it!! If we let go of Hibbert, Gibson, McGeady, Kone, Mirallas, Osman, Pienaar next season and bring in the likes of Yarmolenko, Slimani and Januzaj (for example), we are going to potentially have the most lethal front 6 in the Premier League when you add Barkley, Lukaku and Deulofeu to this. It wont matter if we concede 2 goals per game as we would always have the potential to score 3-4+ goals.

Maybe this is the eventual "unbelievable" "special" "phenomenal" team Martinez has been striving for?

Helen Mallon
102 Posted 15/03/2016 at 05:12:17
Anthony Dwyer – "negative formation"?

I hold my head in hands... that's how you play football.

Vinny Garstrokes
104 Posted 15/03/2016 at 07:55:24
Brent (#98),

You wouldn't let it lie!!

Lewis Barclay
105 Posted 15/03/2016 at 08:22:18
I met Bill Kenwright about 8 years ago at a play in a small theatre above a pub in Clapham. I was with my wife and step daughter who was nine at the time. On the way to my seat, passing BK, I whispered "come on you blues". He smiled and I left it at that.

I struggled to keep my step daughter still during the first half, she was a budding Evertonian at the time, now fully fledged one, but desperate for some silverware.

At the interval BK motioned to me and offered me and my family a drink. He proceeded to spend the rest of the interval answering any questions we had about the club and talked to my wife about the theatre.

Individual personalities are not always widely accepted, we aren't always privy to the ins and outs of various business deals but one thing is certain in my opinion and it's that Bill Kenwright is a kind hearted individual with a real passion for Everton Football club.

Mr Moshiri will do well to take a pinch of the softer side of our chairman on board during his tenure at Everton Football Club.

I wish them both well.

COYB

Allan Hough
106 Posted 15/03/2016 at 10:37:07
Lewis (#105). Right on the ball. I have a similar experience of meeting him twice although in different settings. He has saved this club over the years otherwise we could have been where Leeds, Portsmouth, etc. are now.

What really galls me these last few days is the bizarre thread of logic from the anti-Bill and anti-Roberto brigades that because Everton have had an excellent result; Mr Moshiri has appeared and said some very positive things; and all of us have had a cracking weekend – we who are pro-Bill and /or pro-Roberto should keep quiet and not express any positive opinions about either because such comments are spoiling their weekend!

Lewis Barclay
107 Posted 15/03/2016 at 17:19:04
Allan (#106) – being contentious and disruptive is more fashionable than saying what you see, it seems!

I wouldn't describe myself as pro-Bill or pro-Roberto really. I think we could be a lot worse off without either of them.

RM does have a lot to answer for for this years Premier League results – I would give him the opportunity to do so, next season.

Ernie Baywood
108 Posted 16/03/2016 at 01:45:41
Martinez quoted in the Echo talking about transfers. Apparently we'll have an expanded search now but Roberto will continue to pull the strings.

I kind of admire Roberto. He's got some balls.

Tom Bowers
109 Posted 16/03/2016 at 17:47:47
Stewart Lowe (#99), somehow methinks that's what RM has been trying to do since he came knowing that the tradition has been to play open attacking football and it was what the fans wanted. However, as we have all seen, it has backfired in a worse way than we could have imagined with a string of inexplicable defensive displays that has no doubt cost them dearly.

Last Saturday's game was 13 minutes from a replay before Rom's wonder goal and all of a sudden some fans are tending to forgive and forget what has gone on all season.

I am sure RM will be still be in the hot seat come the start of next season no matter what happens in the rest of this one and given the chance to spend some of the new investment. However, I am also sure that Mr Moshiri will bring pressure to bear very quickly if nothing improves after a few months.

Tony Draper
110 Posted 16/03/2016 at 23:00:18
Mr Farhad Moshiri as our new member to the family, I heartily recommend the following musical recording. Everton have a deep tradition associated with the finest music and our terraces resound with wit, insight and passion.

This song has a fine pedigree, a strong message and EFC Rhesus positive blood:
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