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Ex-Arsenal and Barcelona man eyed for role by Everton

| 25/06/2023 28comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are considering Raul Sanllehi for a development role at the club according to a report from the Daily Mail Online.

The report from Mike Keegan and Adrian Bishop does not suggest what specific role Everton have in mind for him and whether he would come on board to work alongside or at the expense of current Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell.

Sanllehi, at one time the director of football at Barcelona, spent three years with the Gunners as they looked to rebuild following the departure of Arsene Wenger in 2018.

Sanllehi, who left the Emirates in 2020 and is currently with Real Zaragoza, has been criticised by some Arsenal fans for his part in a "dysfunctional" period for the North London club when the influence of "superagent" Kia Joorabchian was viewed as being central to a failed transfer policy.

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The report indicates that Sanllehi, who is very much of the mind that a club's head coach should focus entirely on first-team affairs and allow others to handle transfer policy and strategy, "has admirers on Merseyside" but offers little confidence that he would take a role with the Toffees if offered one.

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Paul Kernot
1 Posted 26/06/2023 at 01:45:24
He's 'of the mind that the head coach should deal solely with the first team and leave transfers to him'!

Err, that would go over well at EFC, wouldn't it!

Dupont Koo
2 Posted 26/06/2023 at 02:41:45
All my Gooners mates criticized him as the person saddled the club with over-paid & over-the-hill players like Ozil, Obamayeng, Willian and David Luiz that took the club years to get rid of, from a financial standpoint.

Unless we really want to break the P&S rules and a déjà vu of the past 7 years, otherwise Thank You But No Thanks to Sanllehi!

Derek Thomas
3 Posted 26/06/2023 at 06:07:20
Here we go, sombody has been whispering in Moshiri's ear again, more ex-Arsenal shite – what (more) can go wrong?
Garry Martin
4 Posted 26/06/2023 at 06:28:59
As well as Arsenal failures, as mentioned above, you could could probably include his failures at Barcelona.
Mike Hayes
5 Posted 26/06/2023 at 06:51:48
Moshiri likes failures, he's one and so is Bullshit Bill – the Three Stooges… what could go wrong? 🤷
Alan J Thompson
6 Posted 26/06/2023 at 07:29:03
We must have run out replacement managers so have gone back to our next best DoF's.
James Newcombe
7 Posted 26/06/2023 at 08:39:49
This sounds like an absolute disaster.
Finn Taylor
8 Posted 26/06/2023 at 08:53:15
This sounds like an absolute disaster?

It's what we do! Fly in the face of logic and common sense!

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 26/06/2023 at 09:03:43
Surely Chairman Bill with his show business connections could get Ricky Tomlinson to take over and let Ricky aka Mike Bassett run the club.

At least we might get a laugh as we plunge into the Championship… not sure about the laugh with Ricky!

Michael Lynch
10 Posted 26/06/2023 at 09:46:16
You'd write this off as media talk bollocks if it wasn't for the fact that it's Moshiri.
Alex Gray
11 Posted 26/06/2023 at 09:51:05
He's good friends with Kia Joorabchian (the agent who brought us such classics such as El Ghazi).

Dear god… stay clear of this one!

Tony Shelby
12 Posted 26/06/2023 at 09:52:29
Moshiri is a fucking idiot.
Pat Kelly
13 Posted 26/06/2023 at 10:24:57
If true, could be the first test of the new Directors. Can't see why we'd want him. Maybe Moshiri's friend Joorabchian has recommended him. It would mean the end of Thelwell. Doubt Dyche would welcome it.

This probably has as much chance of happening as we have of signing a decent striker.

John Kavanagh
14 Posted 26/06/2023 at 10:31:33
Mr Joorabchian clearly has a couple of bus loads of shite he's desperate to get into into a club on excessive wages and fat agents fees. This represents the perfect opportunity to get an inside man into the daftest club in Europe to recruit them.

Then all he has to do is deal with experienced ace negotiator Chairman Bill over contracts and agents fees for his shed load of cripples, bastards and broken things. Man Utd. and Spurs will be concerned about this new competition for use of football's biggest waste disposal service.

Administration and League 1 here we come.

Tony @12. Idiots will quite rightly feel insulted by your statement.

Bill Fairfield
15 Posted 26/06/2023 at 10:51:48
Joorabchian is a wrecking ball. Lots and lots of negative history. Steer well clear.
Mark Ryan
16 Posted 26/06/2023 at 10:56:26
You sense that Moshiri is just like the man who is staring at the button that says
"Do Not Press" and knowing in his heart of hearts that he is going to press it, just to see what happens.

He's like Mickey Flanagan when he sees his kitchen window is all steamed up and he keeps telling himself " Don't do it Mickey" but can't resist.

You can imagine Usmanov whispering in his ear "give him a job, he's brilliant, he worked at Barca" Moshiri starts to grin. "Okay," he says, "he sounds really good!"

Barry Rathbone
17 Posted 26/06/2023 at 11:03:00
I'm almost certain Moshiri has seen his name – "Raul" – and concluded he is the ex Real Madrid star and a must for this club. Probably doesn't know he was at Arsenal or Barca.

I'm beginning to love Moshiri, he might be mad as a March hare but, in terms of entertainment, he's top drawer.

Sam Hoare
18 Posted 26/06/2023 at 11:17:12
This guy has a terrible reputation and bought Pepe for £72m. Arsenal improved considerably when he left. No thank you.
Len Hawkins
19 Posted 26/06/2023 at 11:43:12
Let's face it, the only people who want to come to this dysfunctional mad house are out of work, had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus, and know Moshiri throws money around like confetti.

It is on the recommendation of some £millionaire agent who knows he can screw Everton a bit more until either Moshiri sells EFC or we are lighting up the lower leagues with £100k-a-week players on 10-year contracts.

(Okay, okay, I know the bulb went in Everton's light the day the fool and his money came in, thanks to you know who…)

If there is the slightest chance that he could be dug up and revived, Kenwright should be replaced by RSM Brittain.

Jack Convery
20 Posted 26/06/2023 at 11:47:14
No no no and thrice no no no. Arsenal fans know he's a disaster.

Please EFC stay well away. How much more of this shite can we put up with.

Barry Hesketh
21 Posted 26/06/2023 at 11:50:06
I can imagine Bill is very happy with the appearance of this story, he'll be on the phone to Moshiri:

"Look, I told you, nobody can do what I do, and even if I leave, appointing these sorts will just lead to ever more protests. Perhaps I should stay, at least, until the January window is closed – you know it makes sense!"

Paul Kossoff
22 Posted 26/06/2023 at 16:12:54
Barry, I heard Kenwright is here until this season's end.
Julian Wait
23 Posted 26/06/2023 at 18:28:18
Sounds like a perfect fit.
Trevor Powell
24 Posted 26/06/2023 at 20:02:36
Influence of "superagent" Kia Joorabchian .

SAY NO MORE! Don't touch with a barge pole!

Expect Moshiri is wetting his pants to welcome fellow Iranian Kia back into the front row of the Directors Box — that's if any of them ever pluck up a scintilla of courage to attend a home game again!

Simon Harrison
25 Posted 27/06/2023 at 01:21:55
Forget everything else, and ask why the club is looking to appoint executives before MSP come online and bring their undoubted sporting and commercial expertise?

Then going with the details:

Moshiri and Sanllehi, both have close working connections with the Football Agency owner, and 'key footballing advisor', Kia Joorabchian. I would expect this will 'fly' before MSP bring their knowledge and expertise to the club, with the hope that Thelwell (and to a lesser degree, Dyche) can work with him (Sanllehi).

If Sanllehi does get a job with Everton, it has 'disaster' written all over it, and the threat of relegation would become a 'clear and present' danger for the third season running.

Hopefully Bill (what?), Colin and James can prevent any such potential calamity befalling the club.

Bob Parrington
26 Posted 27/06/2023 at 03:55:02
James @ #7

In place of "an absolute disaster" use "absolute media bullshit"!

It's the silly season.

Denis Richardson
27 Posted 27/06/2023 at 09:38:44

The case study for every budding football club owner…….of exactly how not to run a football club.

Peter Hodgson
28 Posted 27/06/2023 at 16:22:39
This is another joke isn't it or can't Moshiri get out of the habit of hiring and firing?

Whatever next! OK. Don't tell me - let it come as a surprise.

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