I clearly remember the banners in the crowd at any away game and the one behind a plane flying over Goodison Park: “It’s time to go Kenwright and Co” was the message. Well the Co have gone, but the Kenwright lingers on. What year was that, it seems an age ago?
What does the man want or hope to achieve? He is now apparently stripped of all operational responsibilities, as far as I am aware, and appears to be merely a figurehead Chairman. Does he think that, if the new owner manages to eventually turn things around and silverware resides in the trophy room, if it can be located, that he will become the fans’ hero?
I very much doubt it. Several years ago when his face appeared on the screens prior to kick-off, there was a resounding chorus of booing. Since then, he has never featured on the Goodison Park screens. Any success achieved will be rightly credited to Farhad Moshiri and Carlo Ancelloti. It is difficult to fathom what compels him to remain with no real effect on the club’s future and an object of scorn as far as most of the fans are concerned.
The fact is that, in the fans’ eyes, he is associated with 20+ years of stagnation, decline, apathy and lack of funds. Remarkably — or perhaps not so — during our current underperformance, the fans’ attitude towards him appears to have hardened with fans laying the blame at his door. This has been noticeable on the pages of ToffeeWeb, with posts stating “rotten from top to bottom, badly run behind the scenes, full of yes-men, bleary-eyed Bill’s luvvies” and many more.
He is now viewed as a dinosaur from an almost forgotten age of the Boys Pen, travel on the handlebars of uncle’s bike, and tears for stars of the late 50s and 60s. The game has moved on and so have the fans, the grounds and the way the game is viewed and financed. Television and the internet are the kings. Even live radio commentary is fading away.
His clinging on seemingly has no limits. There have been reports that he turned down both Paul Gregg’s offer to save the Kings Dock move and also the Sheiks who went on to buy Manchester City, both of which would have required him to stand down. These two rejections and the fact that he is still Chairman leads me to believe that his retention of the chair must have been part of the deal with Moshiri and probably in writing.
So not only are we fans stuck with him, so is Moshiri. Indeed there have been signs of Moshiri’s lack of faith in him. He no longer seems to have any responsibilities and Moshiri’s comments that when he took over “the place was more like a museum”, “the business side was a shambles”.
The show, however, goes on and Kenwright seems determined to remain where he is. It was widely reported that he would be gone in the summer of 2019, but that has passed without event. He now seems set to remain for some time possibly longer than Doug Ellis of Aston Villa who was still chairman until the age of 82.
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1 Posted 04/09/2020 at 23:55:51
The scenario here with Kenwright is a kind of an inverse analogy from the line in a song that goes ‘Only drowning men can see him' (God, that is).
With Kenwright, the fans have only started adding things up when they sensed the club drowning in recent and past times, with the spotlight especially on this last dreadfull season that could well have been our last in the Premier League and, God forbid, won't be.
I and a good few others have written many posts on Kenwright's barnacle-type cling-on to his Chairmanship and the shenanigans with money funding, and controlling others via favours, and snide and weary directors like Robert Earl, and on and fuckin on...
In fact, I hope one day (and I do not wish to belittle your piece, Clive) but this tiring subject needs a bloody book to expand on his tenure with the club. The forward being The Guardian article on the goings on with money-laundering creeps like Phillip Green, Robert Earl, Tesco stores (Destination Kirkby) and others.
As mentioned previously, this Guardian article to this day is posted continuously at the top of the @watchedtoffee fan site.
As a litmus test of the divided fan base, there is a posting thread to do with Kenwright's birthday (today) on the Grand Old Teams site and of course those who know can guess the outcome of the split in the, 'well wishers' department!
Such a shame that our fan base is so divided really over Kenwright's control over the last 21 years, and as the Reds always say, we wouldn't've put up with Kenwright for 1 season – let alone 20 odd.
I will end on this note to all those who said he ‘saved the club'... Do you really think that – for a poxy £20 million he bought the club for at the dawn of the Premier League, and the Sky Money and the wealth that followed with it – that the club would have devalued from £20 million???
2 Posted 05/09/2020 at 03:59:14
In one article, you have made Don Alexander totally obsolete... hopefully.
3 Posted 05/09/2020 at 04:35:16
Blasphemy!!! I love Don Alexander. Unlike most of us, he at least is consistent.
4 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:24:54
Moshiri does not attend that many home games so where is the problem of Kenwright being the figurehead on match days? He doesn't appear to be involved in the current round of transfers from what I have seen.
There is a lot of positive stuff to be discussing at the moment rather than stir up old arguments surely?
5 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:03:38
I just dunno - he clearly loves the club and we remain in the top tier but Moyes morphing the club into a latter-day Coventry, Stoke, Birmingham, Southampton under his auspices left me detached from his Everton version.
6 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:31:09
There is clearly something missing at EFC that would give us direction. Moshiri has said that he only expected to spend 10% of his time at Everton but is having to spend 90%.
Oh for a dynamic chairman who would invigorate and drive the club on.
7 Posted 05/09/2020 at 14:38:09
8 Posted 07/09/2020 at 06:26:48
9 Posted 07/09/2020 at 18:48:35
Looks like he's way out in front, in terms of length of service — and well bottom in terms of trophies.
10 Posted 07/09/2020 at 18:58:54
11 Posted 07/09/2020 at 19:30:59
Question – is there anyone in the boardroom who's been present and, on his own admission, active throughout our decline? Jeez, is it possible that from his constant activity he actually bears heavy responsibility?
And, contrary to what some of us post, I recall Moshiri publicly stating relatively recently that Kenwright's role as Chairman was being enhanced by him, Moshiri. Hmm.
The truth about Kenwright is always elusive, see his pre-Moshiri AGM performances for proof.
When he's gone we may see no improvement, granted, but with a dynamic chairman I'm very confident that there'd be a much-needed transformation at Finch Farmand on the pitch, with our club at last regularly featuring in the topside minimum.
So there! :)
12 Posted 07/09/2020 at 19:32:43
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15 Posted 08/09/2020 at 15:14:40
And all this while he feeds his ego of being Everton Chairman while ripping off friends and some dubious acquaintances to satisfy his quest.
And please can we finally dispel the mistruth that he remortgaged his house and "saved" Everton neither of which is true.
16 Posted 08/09/2020 at 15:17:29
Interesting article in the Irish Times yesterday: https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/international/ken-early-shane-duffy-has-a-month-to-adapt-to-defending-a-high-line-1.4348151
17 Posted 08/09/2020 at 15:33:22
18 Posted 09/09/2020 at 14:30:29
19 Posted 13/09/2020 at 02:35:20
The final word on Bill's legacy will be written by two sorts; Us on here, GOT and on various other sites - and the mainstream media.
What is printed by them will be a measure of how much Bill's flannel worked. For all I know it won't be excessively effusive, because Bill's flannel suited the pigeon hole of the moment they wanted us placed.
TW and the Media might be quite similar, because deep down they have a good handle on the truth...maybe not the whole truth, but I think they know enough not to write a ' Glorious Leader' eulogy.
But as yet - Rumours of his passing are vastly exaggerated.
Whenever the sad day occurs it will be slanted on where we are at that given time and thus, which pigeon hole they think we are in at the moment...hopefully on the up and going places - and Bill will likely get some of the credit, while any failures will quickly glossed over (nobody wants to speak too ill of the dead now do they) or totally omitted.
if Uncle Cyrils Crossbar or Boys Pen gets even half a serious mention, then Bill has had the last laugh...all the way to the bank.
Anyway, time to look forward in the short term to Spurs and let Moshiri, Ancelotti and Brands get on with longer term job of fettling Bill's legacy into some sort of shape and into a new ground
20 Posted 13/09/2020 at 03:03:35
We can't indulge a figurehead because he's a supposed Evertonian. If he's no longer holding us back, he certainly is not driving us forward in any way.
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