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Everton fans fly banner over stadium in protest as board of directors stay away from game

Everton fans fly a banner over the Goodison Park stadium in protest as the board of directors stay away from the game against Arsenal.

Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri, and the club board, will again be absent from the ground this Saturday for the fixture against Arsenal. This is due to security concerns.

Sky Sports News reported that the club’s hierarchy won’t attend the game due to growing fan discontent as it battles to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Before the game, supporters staged another protest outside Goodison Park against Moshiri’s ownership.

One banner featured majority shareholder Moshiri as clowns, Chairman Bill Kenwright as chairman and Denise Barrett-Baxendale in director.

BT Sport wanted an interview with Everton’s hierarchy to discuss ongoing issues at the club, however, they were told that nobody was available.

Sean Dyche takes charge of Everton’s first match as boss, against league leaders Arsenal. His side go into the game currently second bottom in the top tier table and just two points away from safety.

The January transfer window saw the sale of Anthony Gordon to Newcastle United for £40million. This has only increased fan anger as you can see HERE.

In the meantime, no players were added to the team by Dyche, the new manager who succeeded Frank Lampard in the fight against relegation.

The last win for the team came back in October. They have now lost eight of nine matches and crashed out of the FA Cup as well as the Carabao Cup.

Farhad Moshiri, the owner of Everton, had said in a January video that Everton would sign a striker.

However, despite considering a variety of options, they still have not seen the new face that they desperately need.

Everton tried to sign French striker Mateta, but it was too late.

He has only scored once in 19 appearances across all competitions, and only started three Premier League matches.

Dyche stated that despite the difficulties on the field, he was happy to be in charge of Everton and help them avoid relegation.

‘I will have that game-day anxiety — are the players going to deliver what we have been working on — but there will be excitement,’ said Dyche, whose new club are battling relegation for the second season in a row.

‘It’s Everton. I know the history. I am proud to be here. Imagine the chance I have to play my part. It is a hard situation but I’m still excited.’

Dyche asked every member of his squad to anonymously fill out a questionnaire to understand the issues that have afflicted the club.

‘It was just feedback on where it is all at – what is your opinion of it and just trying to be as open ended as possible,’ Dyche explained. ‘By giving a question, you can sometimes guide people to a place. It wasn’t about that – it was dead short, as simple as possible.

‘They had an option as well. You don’t have to fill it in, you are not under any obligation and I definitely don’t want your names on it. I just want feedback, honest feedback, anything you want that you think is relevant.

‘Often, when I have done this before, similar themes come back and I said: ‘Right – that is what we have to look at.’ There were only two out of the whole group who didn’t respond and I will do a similar thing with the staff as well. I haven’t done that yet, we have been cramming a lot in!

‘The thing with 360 degree feedback, as they call it in the business world, is that you have to be ready for the feedback. It is not always great but you have to be open minded. That is all it was. A kind of business crossover, switchover that I had learnt about in business and why they do it.’

Here’s the Twitter reaction as  Everton fans fly banner over the stadium in protest as the board of directors stay away from the game…

@Scotscouser: Nothing going for us at Everton. Some wanker(s) with too much money, and no sense, pay for a plane to tow a juvenile banner at Goodison, and we’ve sent all the anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine.

@ItsOnlyJk: Quality. Fair pay to those involved.

@KDavies1878: I can hear a plane but BT not gonna show it?? Shithouses

@giddypie: Credit where credit is due.Well done/thank you @btsport for allowing the true Everton situation being discussed.The narrative/blame has been incorrectly directed at the fans by the club and media. The Board has a lot to put right-talking is a good start @alanstubbs_6 @rioferdy5

@CraigBroadbent1: I do love all this ‘Everton fans will be behind the team’ stuff.. Everton fans are some of the quietest I’ve ever known. By the way fully support the protests against the owners, but can we stop this ‘they give great vocal support’ bollocks.

@Shaun1878_: Wow, that’s a lot

@GedEFC1878: Great numbers, whilst I’m stuck in traffic

@Porl1878: Are you watching Kenwright?

@IrishEfc1878: Nobody can ignore those numbers, great showing blues 👏👏👏

@KDavies1878: Well done to them all 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

@MattRob999: Solidarity 💪🏻

@AidyDews: Good on them! 👏🏻 make a point before the game, go inside and back the team and then after protest again 👍🏻

@christheump: Sends a powerful message, as long as it is being listened to

@CragOnTour: Wow what a picture

@Ianutft: Now that’s a protest. Coyb

@KaneEFCH: Deserve so much better

@GCP1989: Scenes 👊

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