Everton announce the departure of Director Sarvar Ismailov

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Sarvar Ismailov has stepped down from his duties as a Director of Everton FC for personal and health reasons.

He has resigned from the Club's Board of Directors and the positions of Owner's Executive Representative and Sporting and Commercial Director at Everton Women.

The club have stated that the decision was taken by Mr Ismailov and is effective immediately. He has been on the Board less than 4 months after having been appointed in July.


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Phill Thompson
1 Posted 02/11/2021 at 18:57:58
I'm a bit shocked by that; he's been like a breath of fresh air with the women's side of the club and I thought he was destined for bigger things.
Tony Everan
2 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:06:58
When Ismailov was appointed, it was noted that he was Alisher Usmanov's nephew and seen as a sign of his increasing presence behind the scenes. I hope the opposite isn't true now as, more than ever, we will need a serious backer to even contemplate being regular Top 4 challengers.
Kunal Desai
3 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:07:02
Just another odd episode to add to the long list of many at this club. He probably decided he's had enough of the garbage around him and thought "Fuck this, I'm not working any longer with these bunch of halfwits."
Barry Hesketh
4 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:12:49
I wonder who will become 'owner's executive representative'?

Or will Moshiri decide to represent himself?

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:20:25
There’s something rotten in Goodison.
Paul Smith
6 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:23:37
What a mess.
Nick Page
7 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:37:55
Knowing our luck, Moshiri will end up selling at a massive loss to the Keith Harris Sportress Funds Group from NTL, who will then reinstall the Great Leader as CEO after he's remortgaged his other house to save us.

Then Goodison will fail it's safety inspection and we'll have to play behind closed doors in Kirkby.

All the while, the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will be sold on to some Arab billionaire who starts up a new team called St Domingo's FC who go on to win 5 European Cups all on penalties.

Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:41:42
The dominoes are falling. The finance guy left in the summer, no doubt appalled to see Bill Kenwright and the insane clown posse destroying the club.

Now, Usmanov's nephew has jumped ship. Old Moshiri is increasingly alone, left as a failed leader, a modern-day Coriolanus ready to cut and run himself.

Hugh Jenkins
9 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:44:47
Barry. If correct - that is seriously bad news.

Isn't he Usmanov's nephew?

If so, is this Usmanov wiping his hands of EFC?

Mike Doyle
10 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:45:18
Not sure how significant this is. Perhaps Paul the Esk can provide a perspective?
Paul Hewitt
11 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:48:30
Probably Usmanov doesn't want anything to do with us now. Don't blame him, it's a rotten sinking ship.
Dale Self
12 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:56:58
I always thought Moshiri was a placeholder for Usmanov. Sarvar arriving didn't seem a particularly strong signal for anything. So things get shitty and he fades, probably a move to distance Usmanov from the disappointment in the gamble on Rafa and injury bad luck.

Under the arrangement they have, I would think that is the downside of Moshiri's position. When it gets ugly, you take the heat until another opportunity develops for some image rehabilitation.

Phill Thompson
13 Posted 02/11/2021 at 20:01:52
The odd thing is he changed the manager of the women's side and we've brought in Jean-Luc Vasseur, almost the equivalent of getting rid of Rafa and bringing in Pep.
Brendan McLaughlin
14 Posted 02/11/2021 at 20:19:53
Was there not some controversy surrounding this guy?

I think it involved him posting some less than supportive tweets about the previous manager of the women's team during his final game in charge. Perhaps he's now paying the penalty for his less-than-diplomatic behaviour after a new manager has been put in place?

Kieran Kinsella
16 Posted 02/11/2021 at 20:51:10

He tweeted "unacceptable," after they lost 4-0 to Chelsea. That's probably why he had to go. How dare anyone have any standards? Probably should have promoted him to CEO after that.

Kunal Desai
17 Posted 02/11/2021 at 21:35:50
So true, Kieran, after all, we keep forgetting that our Dear Luvvy has set the bar so high for over 20 years. Trophyless.
Don Alexander
18 Posted 02/11/2021 at 22:04:55
Sarvar Ismailov is the director who's just left the boardroom four months after joining it, when he said, "I love this club inside and out - and I assure you I have blue blood running through my veins. I am determined and ambitious and will bring new ideas and youthful energy to my role. This is an exciting new chapter for our club."

He's also Usmanov's 27-year-old nephew and despite having no credible history at all in football of any kind has allegedly been instrumental in virtually running our lady team since taking office, according to lil Miss Dynamite and the bloke who allegedly does manage the lasses. According to them, Ismailov has no time for fannying about, is a very straight talker and tends to see things in black and white.

With those sort of characteristics, is it any wonder his health has so quickly taken a turn for the worse?

Derek Knox
19 Posted 03/11/2021 at 03:21:48
Wouldn't do any harm at the next televised match to see a few banners, regarding 'Kenwright Out' to let the Board, Moshiri and the viewing public know how the majority of fans feel, and have felt for years!
Derek Thomas
20 Posted 03/11/2021 at 07:53:26
You could not make this up. The decendants of Fred Karno, The Crazy Gang and The 3 Stooges will be suing us for breaches of their intellectual copyright and for bringing their name into disrepute
Michael Nisbet
21 Posted 03/11/2021 at 09:05:02
BBC have it that he's stepping down "for personal and health reasons"

I don't think we can blame Kenwright for this.

Chris Williams
22 Posted 03/11/2021 at 09:47:57
Possibly to do with the new Premier League connected persons rules recently voted for by 18 of the clubs to curb Newcastle's new owners ability to give inflated sponsorship deals?

EFC voted for it.

Just a guess really.

Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 03/11/2021 at 10:20:59
Derek (17),

Are you sure? I'd wager that more Evertonians like Kenwright than dislike him. Just before the second lockdown, I was having a good bevvy in West Derby village and a good Blue was going on about how good Kenwright had been for the club.

I put him wise about the difference, in finance, the club were since Kenwright became the owner to just before he sold the club to Mr Moshiri. He asked me was I sure about the figures and the state of the club since Kenwright took over until he sold it.

He was amazed, just didn't know... and there are many who don't know or don't want to know or it doesn't make any difference to them, because to them Billy Boy is one of us.

I've said it a hundred times or more to different Blue Noses, I've supported Everton for a long time and met thousands of Everton fans but never anyone remotely like Kenwright. If I had and listened to them for just a couple of minutes, I would swerve them any time I met them in the future. I can smell phoneys and bullshitters instantly!!

Andy Riley
24 Posted 03/11/2021 at 10:40:25
I think this guy's tenure may have been slightly longer than Trevor Birch who left his Chief Executive role after about 6 weeks?

There was also the sudden departure of Keith Wyness more recently.

Probably like in those cases, we'll never know the real reason why... but these things seem to happen with some regularity at Everton – and all have one individual as a common presence.

Brian Murray
25 Posted 03/11/2021 at 10:40:44
Dave @21.

Maybe most fans don't care about the finance of the club until it comes to us not being able to compete for a player.

Did you happen to mention the small matter of 3 ground moves he's failed miserably at getting over the line? Plus employing anyone with a blue connection – whether or not they are the best man / woman for the job?

His insistence on being part of any takeover (eg, the Man City Arabs talks) as an ongoing chairman. His crime sheet goes on and on and, if ToffeeWeb is a barometer, I think most blues have got wise to him. Unless they are lacking a bit upstairs or just want to be happy clapper ostrich.

Eddie Dunn
26 Posted 03/11/2021 at 10:40:55

I remember him in Corrie, I was a kid watching him play Elsie Tanner's son. I instantly hated him.

Something about him made me want to punch him. Weird.

Brian Murray
27 Posted 03/11/2021 at 10:44:33

Betty Turpin's grandson is about his level. Serving the hotpot instead of serving us his toe-curling crap and total ineptitude year after year.

Danny O’Neill
28 Posted 03/11/2021 at 10:45:43
I don't dislike Bill Kenwright. I don't even know him. I don't dislike anyone who supports Everton.

I just wish those in charge felt like I do about Everton. It has to hurt. They hurt me as much as I love them.

I want those charged with being the custodians of my club to feel the same as I do. I'd give everything for Everton. As most of us would do.

In different ways maybe, but we all want the same thing.

Brian Murray
29 Posted 03/11/2021 at 10:57:59

As you know, it's not about liking a person, it's about wanting the best competent people running our club. We should drop that Latin from the badge as we never adhere to it.

The common denominator is still having an influence or even a vice-like grip as Moshiri is happy to listen or just stay away from this cowboy outfit. Nothing personal to him but he has done more damage than any opponent could do.

I think the Blues from out of town don't really grasp or don't care what's really happening. Don't take that the wrong way but I bet it's still a big adventure to you planning your visit to god's little acre...

Me too; I'm a big kid when I see one glimmer of light and get carried away thinking we are back big time. Took me a long time for realisation to sink in.

Brian Harrison
30 Posted 03/11/2021 at 11:00:42
Look, I get the point that some – or even the majority – maybe don't like Kenwright, and at certain times under his leadership he has made some terrible decisions.

But under his stewardship, we regularly finished in the top 6 and – given how little finance we had – that was exceptional and maybe it was more to do with him having Moyes than anything he did. But Moyes always went on record before and after leaving saying Kenwright gave him every penny the club could afford and sometimes money they couldn't afford.

Yet, unless some have forgotten, we have had a new owner for the last 5 years who has slowly but surely taken this club backwards since he took over. Yet Kenwright's name is always blamed for the current debacle that is Everton Football Club.

Today's predicament is wholly and solely the responsibility of Farhad Moshiri... but, for some strange reason, some fans don't want to recognise that fact.

I have no feelings for Kenwright either way, but it's time to blame the people who are responsible now – not fighting causes that are more than 5 years old.

Yes, Kenwright has made money from his shares – so what? So did all the other shareholders when Moshiri took over. But records show, unlike some other owners of Premier League clubs, Kenwright never took any salary from Everton while he was the major shareholder.

Danny O’Neill
31 Posted 03/11/2021 at 11:04:56
But we should adhere to it Brian. It's how I followed and played football. It's what I expect from Everton.

I hope to meet you again and hopefully your brother and buy you both a drink.

One thing any individual will never take away from me is my Everton.

Brian Murray
32 Posted 03/11/2021 at 11:10:46
Look forward to that, Danny. The fans are certainly nothing but the best. Especially the away fans – second to none in this league.

Everyone has their breaking point and I reckon we will have to make massive changes before long.

Paul Hewitt
33 Posted 03/11/2021 at 11:11:52
I suppose in 20 years time, and if the club is still in the same mess as it is now, that will be Kenwright's fault?
Len Hawkins
34 Posted 03/11/2021 at 11:13:00
Kenwright played Gordon Clegg; he was the illegitimate son of Mrs Clegg's sister and was brought up by the Cleggs.

So being a bastard must come natural...

Brian Murray
35 Posted 03/11/2021 at 11:26:04
Paul @31.

He is part of a perfect storm as we have an owner with good intentions but clueless at who he should employ or even listen to.

Ask any Arsenal fan and they will tell you, when David Deign left the club as Chairman, that was the start of them accepting second-best, as just qualifying for the Champions League – and we are even light years away from that. Same with Man Utd.

Success and leadership comes from the top. Obvious statements, I know, but we don't want to upset or replace any of the staff... Fact. As a catering kopite might say.

Rob Dolby
36 Posted 03/11/2021 at 11:58:38
We all love the Bues and want the best for the club. Bill Kenwright is no different in that respect.

In all walks of life, there are people that are competent, incompetent and exceptional in what they do. You only have to look at the current Prime Minister.

Kenwright has followed his passion and successfully run his theatre business over a number of years. His running of the football club from my point of view has been average at best. No trophies and a list of mistakes and missed opportunities.

He has failed to follow his own advice in walking away if he could find better ownership. He is clinging to whatever power he has left at the club. Whilst the guy that he handed over to is the money man for a billionaire Russian that is out of his depth in running a football club.

Kenwright's legacy is a series of mistakes. In 20, 30 or 40 years, that fact will not change.

The new ground will never hide those cracks. Sunderland, Derby County and more recently Spurs are proving that a new ground doesn't mean success. He has lowered expectations and shaped our club into mediocrity.

Apparently he never took a salary as a director! That means very little when he is selling his shares for millions.

Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 03/11/2021 at 12:14:47
Brian (28),

When Kenwright took over as owner of Everton FC, the club was £20M in the black, we owned Goodison Park and Bellefield, the training ground.

We bought Finch Farm then sold it and leased it back on a long lease with an expensive rent; Kenwright robbed Peter to pay Paul.

Mr Moshiri got him out of the mess and made him a rich man, not arguing over that, but Kenwright didn't look after Moshiri, never gave him good football wise advice, if he had any to give.

Out of his own mouth, Kenwright said “He's the man who keeps giving” and Kenwright helped him to spend it – not the action of a friend, but I expect you know all this, Brian, and do your think Kenwright looked after ‘his friend'?

I think he has taken advantage of him along with quite a few others.

Apart from the last 5 years, Brian, do you think fans should just forget about the long reign of Kenwright and dismiss them as ‘in the past'? Forget the lies and deceit and give him a free ride?

I for one will always remember Kenwright and the tricks he pulled; they are all part of who he is.

Ian Horan
38 Posted 03/11/2021 at 12:41:40
This issue on Kenwright is never going away. We have his distractors and his supporters; my opinion is we stagnated and missed multiple opportunities under Kenwright. The latest defence is: "Don't look back – it's all on Moshiri's watch!!! Which is bollocks!!!

Boys Pen Bill supporters claim we hadTtop 6 finishes despite having very little money prior to Moshiri. I would argue we achieved Top 6 finishes whilst funding regular payments to BVI investors, the regular slush funds of additional operating costs – £1mill per year on lawnmowers, for fuck's sake!!!

So what should we have achieved with the money being filtered elsewhere? Bear in mind Peter Johnson proven ide the Park End Stand and Everton were £20mill in the black when Boys Pen Bill took over.

For my mind, let's hear from Boys Pen Bill supporters: What has Kenwright actually achieved for the benefit of Everton FC and every Toffee!! Forget EitC – I would love to see what I appear not to appreciate about him.

Kieran Kinsella
39 Posted 03/11/2021 at 12:43:39

If your local was insolvent and the landlord cut costs by peeing in the beer barrels, would you like him?

Paul Hewitt, people still blame Thatcher for Liverpool's decline and indeed Justinian for Rome's.

It's the legacy of devastation that these people leave. So forget 20 years... Kenwright has set us back 200 years.

Mike Hayes
40 Posted 03/11/2021 at 12:45:25
Not only did Kenwright appear in Coronation Street, he also played a redshite fan in the Liver Birds. 😳

He is the cancer at the club that needs cutting out immediately – and take the rest with him. He hasn't got a footballing brain at all, he's has been actor and crappy producer and the biggest liar at the club.

He's found his fool with gold to splash about and to let him keep hold of the train set whilst he continues to wreck it.

Don Alexander
41 Posted 03/11/2021 at 12:47:35
I wrote the following on another thread last night, so I apologise to anyone (whoever he/she may be!) if they've read it before. Mercifully I've shortened it;

When he entered the boardroom four months Ismailov said, "I love this club inside and out – and I assure you I have blue blood running through my veins. I am determined and ambitious and will bring new ideas and youthful energy to my role. This is an exciting new chapter for our club."

According to lil Miss Dynamite and the bloke who allegedly manages the Everton lasses, Ismailov has no time for fannying about, is a very straight talker and tends to see things in black and white.

With those sort of characteristics, is it any wonder his health has so quickly taken a turn for the worse?

More seriously, his replacement will be very indicative indeed as to where this horribly run club is going.

Danny O’Neill
42 Posted 03/11/2021 at 12:49:20
That's a very good and very controversial point, Kieran.

Personally, the city of Liverpool was blaming everyone else. Meanwhile, there is a city just 35 miles east that has reinvented itself... as have both their football clubs since the 1970s and 1980s.

We can finger-point all we want, but live in the past and you remain there. Liverpool as a city did for too long. Everton as a club as done so for too long.

Be proud of your heritage and history, but look forward and look ahead.

Rob Dolby
43 Posted 03/11/2021 at 13:15:07

Manchester has embraced investment and attracted global brands. Their mayor is an Evertonian! And probable future leader of the labour party.

Our council leaders have been under investigation for donkeys years as part of corruption investigations.

I don't buy into the self pity stuff. I certainly buy into the mismanagement, greed and corruption in my City.

Bill Gall
44 Posted 03/11/2021 at 13:30:05
It seems a person can't become ill and have personnel problems, decide to leave his job, without immediately wild theories and speculation coming into force that turn back into a tirade against another person.

I can't see this solving the major problem at Everton: The players.

Michael McLoughlin
45 Posted 03/11/2021 at 13:38:46
I like the following explanation from Mattie J in the Liverpool Echo:

With Moshiri selling himself under the limit required by EPL and Usmanov "severing" official ties with Everton FC, this will mean increased sponsorship deals with the Usmanov group, so we can start spending money on players again.

We're probably going to get £150M+ a year in total from Usmanov owned companies, where Moshiri will have a small or no shares in.

To further cement that theory is the fact that Benitez took the job with a promise of money to spend. The only place we can get more money would include further sponsorship. That idea resonates with me.

Ed Fitzgerald
46 Posted 03/11/2021 at 13:39:55
It's a like a meeting of the Young Tories on this thread, rewriting history to suit their own viewpoint.

Danny, Manchester City didn't reinvent themselves – they were bought out by the Saudis after being allowed to rent their ground for peanuts by the council.

As for the City of Liverpool's decline as an economic power, there are multifarious reasons for it. However, Thatcher did state that she wanted a managed decline of the city and was locked in arguments with that famous communist Tarzan over it.

Danny and Rob – I think you live in London and Manchester respectively (apologies if I'm wrong); I think both your comments about Liverpool are unfair and biased... unlike yourselves, I will keep my thoughts about the debatable merits of the cities you choose to live in to myself.

Kieran Kinsella
47 Posted 03/11/2021 at 13:51:05
Tony Abrahams,

The below article is from 2016. There may have been no deal. I think Kenwright gave the impression he was not long for this world:

"It has been rumored for some time that the chairman is suffering from serious illness. At Sunday's game it appeared that Bill's time as head honcho at Everton may be coming to end because of the illness, or for other reasons. Before the game, the match day stewards gathered for a briefing. During that meeting a message from Bill Kenwright was read out to the staff. The exact wording of the letter is unknown, but a couple of stewards on separate teams that had the message read to them separately, reported that the top and bottom of the letter appeared to be a "thank you" to the staff for their support "over the years" and wished the stewards "all the very best for the future".

One of the stewards we spoke to regarding this also suggested that there may have been a section in the match day programme aimed at the fans with a similar message to the one that was read to the staff before the match. However we were unable to find anything in the publication from Kenwright.

It is not known whether Bill Kenwright has already got new buyers in place, but his ill health is certainly the protagonist for what is thought to be the end of Bill's reign at Everton.

Rumors have been rife about the potential sale of our club to the American pair John Jay Moores and Charles Noell over the past month, however that particular speculation has almost become a nonexistent dream for Everton fans. The last time the pair were talked about was back in December and nothing has surfaced since despite the expiration of the due diligence period where the Americans were supposedly examining the club's books.

Steve Brown
48 Posted 03/11/2021 at 14:04:57
Well said, Ed Fitzgerald.

Trying to infer that Liverpools's decline in the 70s and 80s was the fault of the city's inhabitants is a standard right narrative.

Before reproducing this line on a fan's website dedicated to a football club in the heart of this city, perhaps try educating yourselves first.

The Leaving of Liverpool: managed decline and the enduring legacy of Thatcherism’s urban policy

Steve Carse
49 Posted 03/11/2021 at 14:37:08
I would certainly agree with Danny about the city on the other end of the East Lancs having 'reinvented' itself.

It's easy to forget that Liverpool was the No 1 city in the North-West until the last few decades. Unfortunately, the city had by the end of the 70s lost whatever economic visionaries it had amongst its leaders.

It failed, for instance, to see the benefits of developing its airport. Manchester took the opportunity to devote infrastructure financing in the city, and to attract major companies into having a strong presence there.

As a result, it has become the business capital of the north, with a massively expanded commercial base and an attendant growth in output and population – adding another Beatles Museum does nothing to counter the relative decline of our city.

Danny O’Neill
50 Posted 03/11/2021 at 14:50:41
I may live in London now, but I owned my own house in Liverpool for many years and my family still live there. I will be there next weekend for a 40th wedding anniversary in the Metal Box in Speke. As well as regular trips up to Goodison to watch Everton.

I love my city. The place of my birth. I love my football club. I will be as critical as I will be complimentary to both. My city. My club.

Don Alexander
51 Posted 03/11/2021 at 15:02:53
We're side-tracking of course, but the start of Liverpool's secondary status to Manchester began with the Ship Canal.

Manchester, unlike Liverpool, is en route from anywhere south (except Wallasey of course) for anything going north by road or rail. The canal just denied Liverpool its full importance that much more than in Victorian days.

That said, Thatcher and her deranged acolytes (including the racist liar currently masquerading as Prime Minister) carry more than a little responsibility for deliberate denigration of a great city and its people.

I'm sure our man, Sir Phillip Carter was at the forefront of telling her so at the time – yeah, right!!

Danny O’Neill
52 Posted 03/11/2021 at 15:08:03
Manchester has become the defacto second city of the UK, Steve Carse. I'm married to a West Midlands girl and, despite population, Manchester has overtaken Birmingham as the country's second city. Because it had vision rather than an insular view.

My mother told me years and years ago, Liverpool lost an opportunity when it dwelled and insisting on being a port rather than looking forward and developing its airport, which at the time was more advanced than Manchester's.

Kieran Kinsella
53 Posted 03/11/2021 at 15:17:41
The point about Kenwright is that we are worse off now than when we were St Domingo's starting out a century and a half ago as we have no assets left, huge liabilities, and tons of debt.

With FFP, financial problems from Covid and a finite number of corrupt nation states to bankroll and circumvent regulations (ie, Man City & PSG), it could take decades for Everton to recover from Kenwright's era which – contrary to some claims – is still ongoing.

Dale Self
54 Posted 03/11/2021 at 15:48:56
Congratulations, Danny, never got past ten here.

And by the way, if anyone thinks owners don't feel the pain of a failed pet sporting enterprise, think again. Everton's stature comes from the support the club has received and the cumulative efforts of those who help the players contribute on the pitch. It is largely rented culturally by those who take it over as an asset management toy.

Keep the fucking chin up and let's get through this without too much internal sniping on the basic issues facing the club now. Fair game to speculate on those who would normally be described as responsible.

Eddie Dunn
55 Posted 03/11/2021 at 15:57:57
Thanks, Michael @44.

Very interesting; I'm hoping that you are right.

Brendan McLaughlin
56 Posted 03/11/2021 at 16:11:29
Dale #53,

Congratulations indeed... all the more remarkable given that Danny only recently celebrated his 50th birthday. 😊

Dale Self
57 Posted 03/11/2021 at 16:18:59
I thought he was 49, Brendan.
Bill Gall
58 Posted 03/11/2021 at 16:50:02
If we are talking about improving Liverpool Airport, and I take it you still have to come in over the Mersey, was there ever enough land to extend the runways for the larger modern jet?

I remember playing on the grounds at Speke on a Sunday and watching the planes come over to land at the airport in the 60s.

Danny O’Neill
59 Posted 03/11/2021 at 17:06:01
There was enough space for 2 airports at Speke, Bill. The modern one and the original. I still believe with the motorway and rail connections as well as the airport, it would have been a great location for an Everton stadium. Not as good as the one we've chosen and probably my South Liverpool roots kicking in. But we could have still built on the banks of the Royal Blue (south) Mersey.

Brendan / Dale, I turned 50 on the 16th September. I'm privileged to share a birthday with Neville Southall.

50 years old. I'm going to Europe next season and I will refuse to leave this planet until I see us win our 10th league title, which will be my son's first experience of doing so.

I've been in situations where I thought I may never have come home, but I always wanted to know how Everton got on. Never stop believing.

Mike Gaynes
60 Posted 03/11/2021 at 17:21:04
Interesting to see the conspiracy speculators come out in such force -- "had enough of the garbage around him", "dominoes are falling", "jumped ship", "we’ll never know the real reason", "Usmanov wiping his hands of EFC", blah-blah-blah -- and then an immediate and predictable shift to Kenwright's responsibility.

Sorry, folks, but when a 27-year-old director as active and evidently enthusiastic as Ismailov suddenly steps down with absolutely no warning, citing health and personal reasons, the circumstances are far more likely to be tragic than suspicious.

Derek Knox
61 Posted 03/11/2021 at 19:28:30
I heard he was bitten by Bill the Rattlesnake, and was fearful of any further encounters with the Slippery Reptile!
Dale Self
62 Posted 03/11/2021 at 19:50:39
I'll go with that, Mike, although I am floating the distance for Usmanov line. They do tend to use 'more time with family' for conflict departures but he is a young man so uncertainty abounds.
Mike Hayes
63 Posted 03/11/2021 at 20:03:59
Keiran Kinsella #47

I think it was about that time and certainly about the health of Blue Bill; (ha) that one of the over the park Facebook pages put out a long post expressing their sympathies on hearing that his health was in decline – on reading it, it was like he was terminal and had not long to go.

They were full of praise. But not one word of confirmation nor denial nor thanking them for their sentiments came out of our club at any time, either before their post nor after.

He was supposed to have stepped down I think from the start of Moshiri's first season and gave August as the date. I think he meant he was stepping down from the free buffet after nearly 30 years eating from it!!!

Proves what a liar and a fraud he really is 😡

Tony Abrahams
64 Posted 03/11/2021 at 20:50:31
Expressing their sympathy on hearing that his health was in decline, but pleading with him to continue finding the strength, to complete the fine job he was doing undetected, maybe, Mike? 🤮
Kieran Kinsella
65 Posted 03/11/2021 at 21:28:09

I wouldn’t put it past him to pull a Reggie Perrin. Then show months late as his long lost twin Gill.

Mike Hayes
66 Posted 03/11/2021 at 22:18:52
Tony Abrahams #64,

Yes, something like that – looks like the bastard's prayers were answered; we are stuck with the bloody thing... The curse of Mordor strikes again! 🙄

Rob Dolby
67 Posted 03/11/2021 at 22:19:43
Ed 46,

You would make a lousy detective. No idea why you think I am from Manchester.

What part of my post is unfair?

Barry Hesketh
68 Posted 03/11/2021 at 22:43:49
According to the Transfer Window Podcast's Duncan Castles, Bill Kenwright was the one who pushed for Benitez to be appointed ahead of Nuno, and it seems as though he did Everton something of a favour.

“You have noises of Rafa Benitez being a strong candidate for the job again. My understanding is that Bill Kenwright has been pushing for Benitez after David Moyes signed a new contract at West Ham United, and I don't think Everton fans will be impressed by that move if it transpires,” Castles said.

“You have Nuno who wants to become the Everton manager, he wants to do it, but he doesn't have the contract offer from Everton in order to commit, and he's now wondering if it's actually going to come, despite Everton briefing to the media that he's first-choice.”

Nuno ended up getting the Spurs job, but he's been sacked already, and it seems as though Everton have had a lucky escape here.

Yes, Spurs are above Everton in the league, but they have a stronger squad and fewer injury issues, and, in our view, if Nuno was appointed at Goodison instead of Benitez, the Toffees could have been in serious trouble.

Everton fans may not thank Kenwright for pushing for Benitez, but he's seemingly done the Merseyside club a favour by pushing them away from the idea of bringing Nuno in. Source: HITC

Dale Self
69 Posted 03/11/2021 at 22:57:51
So Brendan, it's not Danny's 40th, it's a 40th he's attending. I thought we might have had an Appalachian shotgun wedding to talk about for a moment.
Derek Thomas
70 Posted 03/11/2021 at 23:46:26
Danny @ 52;

The City of Liverpool has never forgiven Manchester for the Ship Canal.

Sometime after World War II, there was a joint plan for both cities to take over RAF Burtonwood, with its monster military grade runways. Manchester said Yes; the Council said "No, we have our own airport, thank you."

In the late 50s when it was obvious a new longer runway was needed for the then big 707s, the Council costed the plans for the new runway, which was to be angled into the river, to get the length (which is mostly shallow and away from shipping channels).

They got the quote and said..."How much!!" and did the cheaper shorter runway option that was angled to stay on dry land, the one we still have now.

Manchester (Ringway) is now a major International Airport... and nobody even remembers the names Ringway or Speke. And the Mancs are laughing all the way to the bank.

Kieran Kinsella
71 Posted 04/11/2021 at 00:09:08

Typical Kenwright double-speak. At the time “sources close to Kenwright” said he was against Rafa and publicly Moshiri took responsibility.

Now that Nuno has been sacked, how much do you want to bet Kenwright urged this podcast to revive their earlier piece as suddenly it puts him in a better light? Until Sunday at least... when he will be claiming he's not involved in decisions again.

Bill Watson
72 Posted 04/11/2021 at 02:20:24
Liverpool Airport falling behind was primarily due to it not being handed back by the Ministry of Aviation, after the war, until years after Manchester's airport was.

Geography will always mean Manchester has better links to the rest of the country. Liverpool is a destination city and has little 'passing trade'.

In short, if you keep going, you get wet!

Jack Convery
73 Posted 04/11/2021 at 02:35:27
I don't know why but my gut is telling me:-

1. We will be sold before season 2022-23.

2. Both Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin will be sold – one to go in January. Fee approx £70M.

3. A cheaper alternative to come in as a centre-forward in January. Fee approx £25M to £30M.

4. Brands will resign at the end of the season.

5. Newcastle will get Rafa Benitez and Everton will get a pile of welcome compensation.

6. Bill Kenwright will carry on as Chairman.

7. A new manager for 2022-23 – gut has no idea who; liver reckons Duncan Ferguson.

8. The new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will be smaller to save on costs or even cancelled.

9. Tories taking over the running of the council is not a coincidence.

No rhyme or reason for any of this but there you go.

Derek Knox
74 Posted 04/11/2021 at 02:59:33
Jack, my gut is telling me to go to the toilet yet again, every time Kenwright is mentioned.

I'm running out of toilet paper, just like the start of the pandemic! 😜

Ian Horan
75 Posted 04/11/2021 at 04:14:01
Jack @73 never mind those 9 points, focus on the lottery numbers ffs!!!!!!
Colin Glassar
76 Posted 04/11/2021 at 07:12:15

Iwobi is named Player of the Year and is offered a 15-year contract. Kenwright declares himself a god and demands absolute fealty from everyone entering the Bill Kenwright Stadium.

Jack Convery
77 Posted 04/11/2021 at 10:05:37
After consulting my gut: Derek, buy toilet paper now – there will be a rush soon.

Ian Nos are 7, 11, 28, 32, 34 and 41. BB 17

Colin - I suspect the statue will be similar to North Korea's Great Leader but wearing blue-tinted glasses, a scarf and a handkerchief for those watering eyes, whilst chewing an Everton Mint.

Pat Kelly
78 Posted 04/11/2021 at 10:18:03
He served Everton for a short while. I wish him well.
Derek Knox
79 Posted 04/11/2021 at 13:32:23
Pat K, I hope his acne clears up too!

Will he get a Golden Handshake? :-)

Justin Doone
80 Posted 04/11/2021 at 19:31:56
No great loss since he's only been here a short time but the more interesting story is his uncle and future investment.

Are we too scared to fight the joke that is FFP? So he's thinking Why bother?

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