It is becoming clear that the man paying the Piper and calling the tune at Everton FC is not Farhad Moshiri, but his wealthier benefactor and partner, Alisher Usmanov.
The 67-year-old oligarch owns the Russian multinational, USM, which has multiple holdings in mining, metals, telecommunications, technology, and the internet. He is said to be worth at least £14 billion.
Iran-born Moshiri, 66, has long been a junior partner of Usmanov's, born in Uzbekistan, formerly a Soviet Republic until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Moshiri is Chairman of USM, and a major shareholder, but his net worth is reported at only just over £2 billion, £12 billion less than Usmanov.
They jointly held a 30% stake in Arsenal, before Moshiri sold his shares to take over ownership of Everton 5 years ago.
Usmanov is reported to be the driving force behind the controversial proposal to recruit ex-Liverpool manager, Rafael Benitez, as Everton's next Manager, the fifth of Moshiri's reign while he has been the biggest shareholder at the club.
The Russian billionaire is also said to have been behind the equally controversial, and massively unpopular, appointment of Sam Allardyce, who lasted only 6 months in the Goodison hot seat, and that of Marco Silva, also a dismal failure.
Usmanov has already bought the naming rights to the club's Finch Farm Training Ground for £30 million, so it is now known officilly as "USM Finch Farm."
He has also put down a £30 million deposit on a £200 million, 10-year deal to name the new Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock the "USM Stadium."
So, if the Usmanov-Moshiri double-act impose Rafael Benitez upon Evertonians, regardless of some strong opposition to the appointment, it will signal clearly that Russian money rules the roost at Everton, not Moshiri, and certainly not the Club's working-class supporters.
In fact, given the overwhelming evidence of Usmanov's dictatorship at Everton FC, the club should go the whole, capitalist hog and re-name the club "USM" to complete a decidedly "unholy Trinity" of a training ground, stadium, and club named after the Russian billionaire and his capitalist Company.
The club's Motto of Nil Satis Nisi Optimum - Nothing But the Best is Good Enough - could also be replaced by the more fitting "Money Is The Root of All Evil," written in Russian, and "The People's Club" signs on Goodison Park can be changed to "The Russian Oligarch's Club."
Money talks. At Everton, it talks in Russian.
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2 Posted 08/07/2021 at 23:42:09
The only thing that matters is whether Everton win games. The more we win, the happier we are, regardless of who the owner of the club is. If we win stuff, we'll love the owner; if we stagnate in midtable, we won't love the owner.
That's how it is, and that's all there is to it.
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