A couple of weeks ago, the Premier League launched its Fan Engagement Standard, an initiative designed to reinforce clubs’ relationships with their supporters, unanimously approved by all 20 top-flight clubs in November 2022.

As a result, Everton took the opportunity to remind everyone that engagement between fans and the club was second to none with “structured engagement” at every level.

Really? Well, I am reminded of the following quote:

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” — George Bernard Shaw

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This club is not talking or listening. It’s not alone in that respect, obviously, but that’s not the issue. Everton are our club; they, the board and the executive, are custodians charged with the care and development of our beloved institution.

Given the cultural, historical and fundamental role a football club plays in its local environment, especially a club so venerable and embedded in its community as Everton (aside from our global status in the development of football), this is not a duty that can be taken lightly.

Aside from ensuring the smooth running of the company, the provision of resources and appropriate budgeting, there can be nothing from a non-footballing perspective that can be as important as genuine communication with its fanbase.

Critical times

There’s always a need for communication but, at critical times, the need becomes even greater. Times could hardly be more critical than the current situation. On the field, we face our second successive fight against relegation with perhaps the poorest squad at Everton since we were last relegated more than 70 years ago, a squad asset-stripped for several years to stave off even greater financial difficulties than what faces us today.

The threat of relegation brings its own uncertainties, and as both the Directors’ Report and the Audit Report point out in the 2021-22 Annual Accounts  “a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt over the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern”.

In the event of relegation “it will require additional financial support from the major shareholder”. Whilst Moshiri is supportive of the group, his commitment is neither legally nor contractually binding.

We are within 8 games of facing such dire consequences, yet our CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale, in her comments preceding the accounts, claims the club is “in a secure financial position” and that our financial position “was also brighter”.

Aside from the delay in publishing the accounts at the last minute of the last business hour of the last day within statutory limits, what is staggering is that there is no supportive narrative from the board other than the written words preceding and within the accounts themselves.

There is no detailed explanation as to how we are in this position and, most importantly, how do we recover?

There’s no explanation why we continue to use the (more expensive) financial facilities provided by Rights and Media funding rather than an established financial institution. 

There’s no explanation as to what the strategy would be in the absence of Moshiri’s continued funding.

There’s no explanation as to the funding of the stadium, no setting out of the options, no report on the progress (or otherwise) of Elevate – remember them? – the US consultancy charged with finding naming rights partners at our new stadium. 

There’s no explanation as to the strategy, even with survival at the end of the season, regarding the playing squad – how do we reconcile the obvious need for player replacements with our financial position and of course, our Profitability and Sustainability position?

In the absence of Annual General Meetings for shareholders, these are the questions that require answers in person, be it an open meeting (as if!) or, at the very least, through suitably qualified financial and business journalists. Please remember the club promised greater engagement with shareholders and fans when announcing the cessation of the AGMs 15 months ago.

In no other business would minority shareholders and major stakeholders accept the lack of communication and accountability – let alone, the absence of a plan other than to visit the bank of Moshiri once more when we run out of cash.

Regulatory concerns

Then we have the referral to an independent commission regarding an alleged breach of the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules. The shortest possible statement by the club in which the club will “robustly defend”, and “strongly contests the allegation of non-compliance”. Completed by “The club will not be making any further comment at this time.”

Well why? Why, if we are so confident in our compliance status, are we not putting it out there? If, as the club has spoken about, we have “over several years, provided information to the Premier League in an open and transparent manner”, there can be no surprises in our defence strategy. The data and supportive evidence must already be in the hands of the Premier League. Why not quell the uncertainty, and push back against the Premier League?

Why critically, would you not provide the fans with the evidence to support the club’s position? We, the fans, would be the club’s strongest advocates – arm us with the information so we can help our club. Why not provide the local media and independent fan channels the briefings to assist the cause?

In the absence of either the information or a defined media relations strategy, we leave the floor open to our detractors, our competitors, and the media generally. Admonishing individual fans and journalists privately for having the temerity to question the club’s compliance or otherwise and publishing such, is not a media strategy.

The absence of the board

Both the incidents leading up to the instruction for the board not to attend January’s fixture versus Southampton and the subsequent pre-match allegations of a physical assault on the CEO at a previous match have done much to damage the reputation of the club, the reputation of the fan base and created a chasm between fans and the board that is irreparable in my opinion. 

 It’s been discussed on this website before, the timing and manner of the allegations and the security instructions was an appalling episode of media management and public relations. The refusal, having created the incident, to discuss “historic events” further compounded the errors of the day.

There was a window immediately after where perhaps relationships could have been partially restored at least. Efforts were made by several, but nothing constructive came back from the club. The resulting silence and the willingness of the club to damage the reputation of the fans, Everton’s greatest assets, advocates, and by our very name, supporters stings to this day.

The silence was then compounded by the comments of the Chairman in the Annual Report and Accounts. Contrition? An olive branch? No – just the observation (reflected through the lens of the survival experience of the Crystal Palace game last season) that them not attending Goodison Park is “all the more painful” and “hurts deeply”.

The observation that we can all play a part in securing our Premier League status must surely be self-reflective – reflecting on the Chair and the board. The behaviour of fans, the dedication to the club, the support home and away is exemplary – it should be placed first and foremost in the minds of everyone discussing our football club. Yet, the Chairman questions the fans' role in a unified, stronger football club?

The unenviable position in which fans find ourselves

So here we are. At a time when ideally the sole focus would be on Premier League survival, the behaviours and lack of communication from the majority shareholder and his appointed board leave fans with the unenviable and admittedly uncomfortable (for some) position of protesting against both the owner and directors. Thankfully, and again to the enormous credit of supporters, Evertonians have proved it possible to protest peacefully whilst providing the fullest of support to the players and football management in the fight for survival.

It shouldn’t be this way, though. The contemptuous attitude towards supporters has been further demonstrated by non-attendance of directors at the latest Fan Advisory Board meeting and the absence of meetings with the executive committee of the Shareholders’ Association.

The momentum of fan disquiet and protest against the owner, board and executive is not going to dissipate, even if better news of stadium funding and (one desperately hopes) survival becomes a reality in the forthcoming weeks.

Communication is only one of the ills and deficiencies of our great club under its current leadership, but it’s perhaps the one area that can create the biggest impact in our immediate future for, as Aristotle once said:

“Communication must lead to change.”

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Peter Mills
1 Posted 10/04/2023 at 20:51:54
Paul, the board has been provided with multiple opportunities to communicate meaningfully, not in platitudes, with us.

Graeme Sharp, because of his special status, was issued with an open letter that allowed him a unique chance for redemption.

The lack of response says everything.

David Vaughan
2 Posted 10/04/2023 at 21:03:48
Thank you, Paul, wise words indeed.

Never in my 58 years in all things Everton and in business have I witnessed such apparent contempt for the very people who put their faith and loyalty behind a brand and back it up with their hard-earned cash. Lots of it. Lots of both.

So, Board of Everton Football Club, please talk to us now or go now. Let those who care most about this (still) venerable institution support it like we have never before, when the club and its existence need it like never before, and without incurring the bitterest taste of feeding the egos of those who seem happy to witness - on their watch - its final demise.

Sack the board, indeed.

Barry Hesketh
3 Posted 10/04/2023 at 21:12:51
In our current position in the Premier League and with only eight matches to play, it's probably better that the board remain silent, because if they make any mistakes in communication, which is almost a given, it would probably cause a stir in the media and produce the very instability that we don't want to see at this time.

As fans, our sole focus should be on helping the team to gain as many points as possible in the fight for survival. It's only 7 weeks remaining of the season, and we can all react to the board more vehemently when the last game has been completed.

It's not an ideal situation, but it's been a crazy season so far, and who knows there may be a rational explanation for the board's stance, although I very much doubt it. I think they have painted themselves into a corner and have no idea how to extricate themselves from it.

The results of the first team in the run-in override everything – and that includes our need to have the board account for itself.

Neil Copeland
4 Posted 10/04/2023 at 21:16:51
Paul, another great article and read, thank you.

Peter #1, the board have long reached the point of no return, I think they know that and appear to have given up on us.

Graeme Sharp seems reluctant or afraid to rock the boat but I really don't understand why. His loyalties appear to be with Bill Kenwright and the other board members rather than the best interests of the club. He must know (mustn't he?) that, should he choose to speak out and show some loyality towards the fans, he would be accepted (albeit over time) back into the fold.

In some ways, his actions make him the worst of the lot. Graeme has become a puppet, soulless and without meaning. Sad that a club legend – or maybe that will soon be former legend – has chosen to take a path which leads him away from his biggest allies – the fans.

I always thought he had more to him….

Matt Henderson
5 Posted 10/04/2023 at 21:38:34

Sharp is likely reluctant because of the money he is getting paid. He is not getting paid this much anywhere ever again and was only ever added to the Board by Kenwright to try and appease fans by appointing a legend player but someone who has no attributes or experience to add value to a serious Board of a serious organisation.

David Currie
6 Posted 10/04/2023 at 21:47:09
Matt 5, Correct it is all about the money, I heard our useless board are the 3rd highest paid in the Premier League? Amazing if true but then again probably not!
Neil Copeland
7 Posted 10/04/2023 at 21:53:08
Matt #5, yes I think you are correct which makes it all the sadder.
Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 10/04/2023 at 22:27:08
I've never seen a published number for Sharp's pay as an Everton director. Has anyone else?

I remember reading a post from Kieran Maguire a year ago that read “Highest paid director had an £800,000 pay rise to just over £2m.” The Esk's numbers at the time pretty much confirmed that.

By contrast, just last week Football Insider reported that the club had reduced its board spend by £1.2 million in 2021-22, partly because the highest-paid director took a pay cut from £2.04m to £870,000.

Everton paid its four directors a combined £3.05 million in 21-22, down from £4.2m to five directors the previous season.

I'll leave it to smarter people to explain what that all means, if anything.

But one thing Paul has said, like many others have said before (me included), that really strikes the mark -- this club absolutely sucks at communicating with its stakeholders. I predicted early on that Moshiri would have to learn how to do that better. He hasn't. And he hasn't.

John Raftery
9 Posted 10/04/2023 at 23:15:27
I guess some of the reduction in the board's remuneration followed the departure of Sasha Ryazantsev who was on the board until July 2021. There may also have been a saving following the resignation of Marcel Brands in December 2021.

I doubt we will hear a word from the current board prior to their inevitable departure at some point in the coming months. Indeed, it would not surprise me if they have been instructed by the owner, or his legal team, to keep quiet until the financial position is resolved and they are replaced.

Brendan McLaughlin
10 Posted 10/04/2023 at 23:28:01
Come on, folks... fake news.

The reason Everton's figures are so high is because some of the directors are also full-time salaried employees.

Paul Birmingham
11 Posted 11/04/2023 at 00:35:45
Where, do you start?

Fucking, “Circus Maximus”, the Everton Board, in terms of dereliction of duty and in competence to EFC and Evertonians across the Universe.

I'm praying and hoping that in all aspects known and considered, Everton, can start with fresh hope, genuine hope to have a great football club with the outstanding diehard,best supporters in the world to a real start next season and see in Everton into the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

That would be the opening of a new era, for Everton FC.


Nick Page
12 Posted 11/04/2023 at 02:51:13
“Come on, folks... fake news.

The reason Everton's figures are so high is because some of the Director's are also full-time salaried employees.”

Is that a joke Brendan?

Don Alexander
13 Posted 11/04/2023 at 03:13:01
If you didn't know better, you'd think we're being run by a bunch of self-serving, useless buffoons.

Every measure spells it out.

Alan J Thompson
14 Posted 11/04/2023 at 06:14:04
Should we be so surprised that there are few comments in the Accounts as to how and why we are in and how we intend to get out of the financial difficulties when that seems to have been the policy for some years, AGMs without taking questions to no AGMs at all to a total absence of the Board during "business hours".

If there is to be any surprises, it would be finding out why new owners would allow such a failing Board to remain in place after purchasing almost all of their shares in the club, but don't hold your breath.

Pete Neilson
15 Posted 11/04/2023 at 07:44:27
Mike(8) the four-person board received £3.1 million with the highest director received £868,000. If that’s correct (this is Everton accounting after all) then he is being paid somewhere between £498K and £867K.
Like the other directors I doubt there’s a queue forming for his services on this kind of money.
Steve Brown
16 Posted 11/04/2023 at 08:26:59
Good article Paul.

Steve Brown
17 Posted 11/04/2023 at 08:26:59
My reflection on Everton's communications and engagement strategy is this - it take a lot of concentration, effort and commitment on behalf of the club to be this appalling.

If you launched a deliberate Comms strategy to enrage and alienate your stakeholders and customers, it would look much the same at an outcome level.

Likely the lack of coherence comes from the culture and mindset of the hierarchy - "we never apologise and we never explain" seems to be their motto.

Christine Foster
18 Posted 11/04/2023 at 09:00:48
Paul, its not new. This has been the modus operandi for the past 20 years under Kenwright. He treats the fans as a necessary evil, gives them lip service but tells them nothing. From the withdrawl of AGMs, to the lack of transparency. Go back and look at some of the posts around 2005 onwards, you will find that he stopped talking to any fans because what he was saying was either made up or lies. He has nothing more to say, I have nothing more to listen too.

He has a board who toe the party line, say nothing to no one. Silence is golden.

I have news for this contemptible board. We actually only want to hear you say one thing. Goodbye.

Ray Roche
19 Posted 11/04/2023 at 09:05:05
Christine, it’s a far cry from the days when Kenwright would stand outside the main entrance in Goodison Road before the match and chat to fans about Everton!
He’d notice a difference in the attitude of fans now!
Tony Everan
20 Posted 11/04/2023 at 10:00:41
Paul, They’ve boxed themselves into a corner, bad decisions compounded by more bad decisions. I don’t think we are going to hear a narrative or debate about their incompetence.

I would imagine that upon hopefully securing Premier League status there will be some announcements and explanations, which will be totally worthless without being accompanied by much needed change.

He’s trying desperately to hang on for the photoshoots and to cut the ribbon at BMD but Bill Kenwright’s amateur, inept and damaging tenure as chairman is all but over.

Brian Harrison
21 Posted 11/04/2023 at 10:16:57
There is an irretrievable breakdown between the owner and the board and the fans, and other than a change of ownership I cant see how this divide can be healed.

The worry of course is the club is in a very precarious position, not only in keeping hold of its Premier league status, but even more worrying the financial implications if we do get relegated. As has been quoted 96% of our income goes out in wages this is unsustainable at any level. I believe relegation would be a disaster for this club, because the steps needed to steady the financial part of the organisation would see a mas exodus of players and very little money to attract new players. According to the press Jordan Pickfords newly signed contract has a £35m get out for him if we get relegated. So should we go down our prize assest will be sold for a paltry £35m for Englands keeper.

But even if we hopefully can retain our Premier league status we will still have to sell many of the first team squad, and their values will be very average. So even escaping relegation could well mean because of the financial constraints we will be back fighting relegation next season. Just to add that even if the richest man in the world bought Everton he couldn't improve our financial position very much.

Brent Stephens
22 Posted 11/04/2023 at 10:18:24
"Why critically, would you not provide the fans with the evidence to support the club’s position? "

That's a reasonable viewpoint.

Having said that, there's also an argument to "keep your powder dry", to wait until any hearing before revealing your evidence, your case; not allowing this to dominate the sports pages; not allowing others to pinpoint potential weaknesses in your case before any hearing. Allow yourself time to prepare how you'll present your case, how you'll present your defence.

Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 11/04/2023 at 10:30:30
Brent (22) Hopefully they don’t have to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth before they reveal their evidence!!
Tony Abrahams
24 Posted 11/04/2023 at 10:44:01
Does anyone know the cutoff date for season ticket renewals?
Barry Rathbone
25 Posted 11/04/2023 at 11:38:58
The reason the vast majority of business in the western world do not work this way is because it verges on management by committee. No sector is more riven by differing opinion than fandom in togger and worse still a goodly amount of them are emotive basket cases who shouldn't be out unsupervised.

Football is massively volatile the last thing a club needs is more volatility via shouters in the stands muddying the waters at an influential level.

Business folk always keep grim news under wraps in the hope they can pull a rabbit out of the hat and the last thing they're looking for is a posse of potato heads constantly carping on without any idea of what to do about it.

Unless a group of footy fans have billions to shove into the club the overwhelming majority need to get real, get on with supporting the team, have a bitch about things on forums and eat pies at the ground - nothing more

Brent Stephens
26 Posted 11/04/2023 at 11:53:30
Dave #23, yes, Dave, expect lots of uumming and aarring if asked to swear an oath.
Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 11/04/2023 at 12:27:16
Tony (24) The 28th of April, erm this year 2023.
Barry Hesketh
28 Posted 11/04/2023 at 12:46:21
I've put the link below, not necessarily for the content, but rather the publication it appears in, namely the Los Angeles Times. Whether the board likes it or not, we are not a local club for local people, there is interest in the club far beyond the confines of the Merseyside metropolitan area, and it's a great pity that the directors don't understand how the silence from them affects how the club is viewed.

Troubling Times

Danny O’Neill
29 Posted 11/04/2023 at 15:23:09
Trigger on the first opening of your, as usual, well articulated post Paul.

Second to none? For once I agree with our board. Second to none in their incompetence, silence, communication and now absence. Definitely second to none. I can't dispute that.

Communication or lack of, and blatant lack of respect has burned bridges beyond repair. Randomly, and for those who have read it, George Orwell's 1984 and the character Napoleon springs to mind. They simply cannot survive and are clinging on.

Graeme Sharp, boyhood hero, had an opportunity to at least make a moral stand. He has chose not to. He's gone to.

I've watched and supported this club all my life, as have all of us. It's the first thing I ever remember about football. It's all I've ever known and I never stood in a boys pen.

Neil @4, definitely the point of no return.

Tony @24, the cheeky bastards sent me an email saying I wasn't eligible for a season ticket as I don't collect rewards.

They had referenced the wrong membership number reference to the one I have used for home tickets the past few seasons since I've been able to. Incompetence even at the lowest levels.

Meanwhile, we have a team to support whilst they maintain silence and absence. Well we won't be absent. This season or next.

Sorry for the emotional outburst.

Will Mabon
30 Posted 11/04/2023 at 16:18:25
Bill, you've reached a new low.

Impersonating Barry that way @ 25 is disgraceful.

This is football, not IKEA.

Barry Rathbone
31 Posted 11/04/2023 at 17:17:59
Will 30

That's me busted

Mark Taylor
32 Posted 11/04/2023 at 17:21:10
Barry 25

I think you miss the point, in fact several points. Here they all are:

1) The comments here relate to governance which means the board. They have not 'put billions' into the club (nor has even the owner but we'll let that pass). They are tasked with managing it effectively.

2) People do 'have an idea of what to do about it'. Paul's articles, even if I don't personally agree with all his points, exemplify that. I don't know him at all but it seems pretty clear to me he could do a better job than the current clowns on the board. Is it even possible to do worse?

3) A football club is not like 'the vast majority of businesses'. It has a relatively fixed customer base which gives a different weight to the term 'stakeholder'. I struggle to think of many enterprises like this. I was going to say a golf club, which has a fixed and largely loyal customer base, but you can always change golf clubs. You can't change your football team.

So when you are watching your club disintegrate in front of your eyes, you have every right to act as much more than a mere passive customer of some faceless corporation and call out the people who have taken it to these depths.

Brent Stephens
33 Posted 11/04/2023 at 17:34:35
Barry R #25, "Business folk always keep grim news under wraps in the hope they can pull a rabbit out of the hat and the last thing they're looking for is a posse of potato heads constantly carping on without any idea of what to do about it."

While I wouldn't call my fellow blues (even you!) "potato heads", I do agree, as I've said above, that it might be better if the club says nothing and keeps its powder dry, for the very reason you state - in the hope they can pull a rabbit out of the hat, without alerting all and sundry in advance as to what that might be and thus potentially weakening their hand.

James Lauwervine
34 Posted 11/04/2023 at 17:43:40
Danny 29, good reference but it's Animal Farm. A classic book that.
Danny O’Neill
35 Posted 11/04/2023 at 17:53:44
My mistake as I was furiously typing James.

Glad you saw through my mistake!

Jerome Shields
36 Posted 11/04/2023 at 18:26:15
The Club has been run to maintain the status quo.It serves all of those that do quite nicely out of it and is run with that self serving mentality throughout.It therefore suits not to have communication with the fans, other than on a commercial bases so they keep buying Club Stuff and attending.This has been going on for years.

They are not interested in accountability, budgets or explaination of the Financial Standing of the Club.I doubt they have the ability to understand any of those areas.

The Chief Executive Management speak is her own invention.You won't find any of it in a Business reference book.Just words she picked up on some in-house course,never understanding them.As for Sharpe we all know he knows nothing.

Paul the Esk the explaination is simple they do not have Clue.It is total incompetence and trying to bluff they know what they are talking about

I now believe that they thought the unaudited Financials accounts, where right and within the rules and got a shock when the audited Financial Accounts proved otherwise when the Premier League brought it to their attention.

As for Moshiri he seems to be on some type of binary dream.

You were right when you said the whole lot need replaced by a expert Corporate recovery team.

Larry O'Hara
37 Posted 11/04/2023 at 18:53:37
Very interesting LA Times article that.
Dale Self
38 Posted 11/04/2023 at 18:56:42
Good work as always Paul. So many of us need your imsight to make sense of it.

While Moshiri lacked creative edge it did appear that getting the team through these times while increasing capacity and thus future investment made sense. Had the managerial carousel not thoroughly destabilized the squad he could well have made it to a station of progress where a reassessment or an organisational genius could be hired.

Moshiri was never a visionary or fix it man. He largely needs a stable environment and can probably operate well there. The interest rate shocks knocked down many offers and that left him with little room and his cortisol levels probably keep him from coming with anything new. Not making excuses for him but we will soon find out about a few more who do not have the skills for this in a high interest rate environment. We were just the most obvious initial case.

Barry Rathbone
39 Posted 11/04/2023 at 21:55:13
Mark 32

No, you have confused yourself.

If fans are trying to address “governance” by default they are trying to affect some control of the club. Reasons why that is not a good idea I have given. Nobody, least of all me, has said they (the board) have put billions in not sure where you magicked that idea from.

People don’t have a clue about how to turn the good ship Everton into challengers as per our historical status because lets be clear mid table security was established by Kenwright and he got pelters for it THAT IS NOT WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. Accounting wheezes and improved merchandising will do zip all in the grand scheme of things no matter how many times people waffle about it.

Yes, football is unlike any other business the most important point being the unique volatility and the last thing needed is added volatility from fans pushing massively disparate opinion.

The only solution taking us back to where we think we belong is big oil money or similar. It really is that straightforward. But that precludes desperate fringe solutions proffered by financial wizards on Everton forums - heaven forfend

David Bromwell
40 Posted 11/04/2023 at 22:49:42
As always thank you Paul. One of the things that I don't understand is why when we are clearly struggling to field a successful team, and have finally undertaken a major undertaking with the development of a long awaited new stadium, have we diversified with additional and none essential new ventures.
I am referring to, a whole new structure to provide and run a women's team, Everton in the Community Services, A Free School and College and we will have to deal with the eventual demolition and redevelopment of Goodison Park. All this with a distant owner who apparently has little passion for the Club, a 77 year old Chairman who is in ill heath and has a large and presumably demanding theatre production company. A chief Executive who has no experience of running a major premiership football club etc etc.
Is it any wonder that we are in a mess ?
Mark Taylor
41 Posted 12/04/2023 at 01:25:05
Barry 39

I am not confused at all but I think you are, including by your own posts.

- Stakeholders in the shape of supporters of a football club can most certainly affect control of a club by putting pressure to hold the board to account. This is precisely what is happening now. This is different to stakeholders being in control of the club. You did not at all explain why holding the current board to account isn't a good idea.

- Read the first line of your last para of your initial post. You say 'unless fans 'have billions to put into the club' they should do 'nothing more' than eat pies. The current board have not put billions into the club. Does that mean they should also stick to eating pies? That might be an improvement.

- You keep repeating that fans, like Paul, the OP, 'don't have a clue'. That is manifestly not the case. Read the waffle that went with the report and accounts, let alone the horrific numbers in there, and tell me that what Paul writes is less competent and professional in its assessment of the club's plight. You'd have to be joking.

- The only aspect that is volatile about football is relegation and even that can be mitigated provided you don't start with a basket case position like ours. It's actually relatively stable within reason, otherwise PE guys wouldn't be getting into it. But as I said, we cannot just sit on our hands and watch us become an ever bigger basket case, we can all play a small part in changing the delinquents who have caused that, not by direct control but through influence. You ignore your stakeholders in a football club at your peril.

- Big money or even some more money would help but a) we did, as Paul has itemised, have a huge cash injection from the current owner which the current delinquent board has entirely squandered and their capacity to build the basket case we now are is quite clearly putting off investors who might otherwise have injected some more money, to try and right the ship.

I'll watch Everton in the Championship and even Division 1, like almost all of us will, but we should not be allowing that to happen under the current board, without challenging them and pointing out their shortcomings.

Jerome Shields
42 Posted 12/04/2023 at 18:12:29
David #40,

The fact that the Club was of the opinion that it was within the Profitability and Sustainability Rules giving the Premier League the impression they were, calls into question letting any of the Board near an Independent Commission to argue the rules were not broken is ludicrous.

To allow them anywhere need dealing with the welfare of Dele Alli as the Premier League are reported to be about to query them on, given they did not follow proper procedures in his recruitment and appear to be claiming a hip injury that is not an issue with the Club he is returning from is also ludicrous.

These two examples are the most recent of a long line of incompetence and mismanagement.

There is no way this is going to change soon .What Paul the Esk has outlined is something proper management would be able to implement. What exists, which I refuse to call management, never will. They actually could make things worse and other examples will surface.

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