On the national radio channel, boyhood Evertonian Barton claimed that Kenwright refused to sanction further spending after the Blues committed to £140m in new signings while receiving what would end up being £102m from the sales of Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu. “I think Koeman was trying to get in another striker, and if it had been down to him he would have," Barton said earlier this month. "They wanted and identified targets to try to bring in.
“I think the issue was Kenwright, from what I gather. He's still the custodian in terms of being chairman. Koeman and [Farhad] Moshiri thought they would have money to spend but Kenwright was wanting to watch the budget, and didn't want to over-spend.”
Host Alan Brazil read out an apology to Everton and to Kenwright on TalkSport this morning that read:
“A view was expressed on the programme regarding the failure to sign a striker at the end of the transfer window.
“Everton Football Club have informed us this was totally untrue, they say, and entirely without foundation and that the chairman and the owner worked side by side with one another to the last minutes of the window to secure a striker, just as they had done throughout the window.
“We are happy to broadcast this right of reply and apologise to Everton and Bill Kenwright.”
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1 Posted 21/09/2017 at 20:11:35
2 Posted 21/09/2017 at 20:18:25
3 Posted 21/09/2017 at 20:52:16
“I spoke to Farhad and I asked him, ‘what is the message? Because I knew youd want to know. The message is we are totally focused on getting this club to the dock,” Kenwright said.
“But, at the same time, that is not going to take away the focus from our commitment to the manager.
“If there is a player who wants to play for Everton Football Club who Ronald [Koeman] wants, who Steve [Walsh] wants, we will get them for you. Its fantastic for me to be able to say that.”
Fantastic. So what did go wrong? Strange that EFC should be coming out to smash this one down... does that mean all the other tittle-tattle they haven't denied is actually true???
* Am I alone in disliking the adoption of this name for the yearly gongfest? But if I blame Kenwright for it, I may have to publish an apology, so I'll hold back...
4 Posted 21/09/2017 at 20:54:41
5 Posted 21/09/2017 at 20:57:51
6 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:06:14
7 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:16:19
The Reds maybe whinin' moanin' ' We want that one (boss player) now' rattle throwers. But.. one thing's for sure, they would certainly have launched that blood sucking leech right out of the fuckin pram and not waited 22 years for absolutely nowt.
And now it's Death Valley days straight ahead and with Herbert Lom at the helm. The 'New look' Everton production.
8 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:19:43
9 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:27:28
10 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:34:23
11 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:41:52
12 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:42:45
It seems to me Bill has bitten Moshiri on the neck and he's now a fully fledged Boys Pen sentimentalist. I bet Moshiri has even got a photo of Uncle Cyril's handlebars on the wall of his office.
Just as we thought we had a serious, competent man at the helm, you listen to those Jim White calls and cringe your way out of the room. Looks like we are stuck with the same old shite for the foreseeable.
You've broken me at last, Everton.
13 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:51:42
And how could Blue Bill be doubted, a guy who still daily douses himself with "Eau-de-BP-pischhh", the essence he says everyone wants to be on top of but never under?
14 Posted 21/09/2017 at 23:15:11
I thought the renaming of the annual awards was naff but, as with all marketing ploys, I think we have many other things to worry about at present.
As regards Kenwright's statement about signings, the salient bit may be 'if there is a player who wants to play for Everton'.
15 Posted 21/09/2017 at 23:37:10
16 Posted 21/09/2017 at 00:03:23
Could they not have added “They clearly abjectly failed as they did not actually sign said striker.”
17 Posted 22/09/2017 at 00:51:25
Andy, no I wouldn't it makes me think there probably is some truth to it if the club is lowering itself to dispel this kind of rubbish.
The way to shut up any silly stories was to sign a striker, which there was more than ample time to do. And don't anyone give me that Giroud rubbish. There are plenty of better players than Giroud who would have come to us were the money really there. The whole thing stinks of a Kenwright charade.
18 Posted 22/09/2017 at 08:31:26
As for Joey Barton, the guy is a trouble-making, card-getting muppet.
19 Posted 22/09/2017 at 12:00:24
20 Posted 22/09/2017 at 12:53:54
That may or may not be true, but it sounds very plausible to me.
21 Posted 22/09/2017 at 13:11:20
22 Posted 22/09/2017 at 13:22:20
23 Posted 22/09/2017 at 13:22:57
Kicking off with "I think" gives some clue as to how concrete the serial gobshite's claims might be.
If Kenwright was overly concerned with 'balancing the books' this summer, then why didn't he back off when Swansea kept bumping up the already inflated price on Sigurdssons head? Why would Moshiri have mistakenly "thought they would have money to spend"? Surely, he should be the one man to know either way?
24 Posted 22/09/2017 at 13:29:44
"I haven't got the slightest clue what is going on, but because I played professional football I am going to give my opinion in an authoritarian manner so it's sounds believable."
It does beg the question why Everton needed to respond to it?
Our opinion of him can't sink any lower...
25 Posted 22/09/2017 at 13:35:49
26 Posted 22/09/2017 at 13:38:22
Like Kevin Tully says, I think this modern day Svengali has Moshiri firmly in his back pocket and has pulled another rabbit out of the bag. Wake up, Farhad, before it's too late!
28 Posted 01/10/2017 at 19:56:32
Koeman may be flawed but there is more to this almighty mess than our dunderhead manager is responsible for.
29 Posted 07/10/2017 at 16:41:15
With a resume like that why wouldn't we believe this upstanding man of the community?
30 Posted 07/10/2017 at 17:58:11
31 Posted 07/10/2017 at 18:27:31
Potentially new boss or trainer? Umm. Long way off that.
He becomes best manager for years. Love the idea .but
32 Posted 07/10/2017 at 18:38:12
33 Posted 07/10/2017 at 18:53:23
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