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Everton owner blames their FANS for ‘driving out good managers’ in shock talkSPORT interview

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri blames their FANS for ‘driving out good managers’ in a shock talkSPORT interview on Thursday.

The 67 year old has also urged supporters to give their backing to manager Frank Lampard, so that he has time to get things right.

They are currently without a win in their last eight matches in all competitions and sit in the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference.

After Saturday’s season-defining clash between Southampton and fellow-strugglers, a number of Toffees fans put forward a plan for a sit-down protest at Goodison Park.

Recently, Moshiri wrote an open letter to fans, pledging support for Lampard and the board despite intense pressure following a 4-1 defeat at home to Brighton.

The Toffees chief has now warned fans that they lost good managers due to ill-feeling at the club. He doesn’t want this history to repeat with Lampard and for now, is backing him.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Moshiri said: “It [the letter] is really genuine because I’m a fan like all the other fans.

“Sometimes, we just need to be patient. We drove out Roberto Martinez, Marco Silva, Ronald Koeman. They’re all good managers.

“I think a manager should be given time. He’s a hard-working, very good manager and we should support him.”

Moshiri wants supporters to see the bigger picture and pointed towards the building of their new stadium as a sign of brighter times ahead, even if the club are looking for a relegation battle this season and potentially dropping into the Championship.

He added: “I’m building a big stadium, I put £400million in it, and the future of the club is revenue from the new stadium.

“You can’t be competitive without income and I think we will be there in two years.

“Right now, the club has rebuilt the defence, the midfield, we had a lot of injuries with strikers, but they’re back.

“I have no doubt everything will steady. You just have to follow the programme and get there.”

Many supporters however feel Moshiri and his Everton hierarchy are the problem, not Lampard.

Club legend Alan Stubbs recently urged Moshiri to sell up and added Lampard wasn’t to blame for the Toffees’ form.

Everton have struggled for many years when it comes to mismanagement under Moshiri and the club only just finished above the drop zone last season.

When questioned if fans have faith in him as an owner, Moshiri said: “I hope so. I put my money where my mouth is and that is all an owner can do. I’ve done that.

“Some of the decisions we’ve taken have been with the fans, all the managers who were driven out by the fans, not by me.

“I think you have to stay with the manager to get the systems going with the players he buys.

“I have a lot of faith in Frank. He is a thinking man and he’ll get it right.”

Moshiri tells fans to direct their passion towards backing the players.

He continued: “I think protest is a democratic right of everyone. I think the feeling is well-known, we are communicating. But the biggest thing is to support the team.

“There is nothing bigger than supporting the players who give everything on the pitch.”

Pressure grows on director of football Kevin Thelwell and the board of directors over their running of the club, with fans showing ‘Sack the Board’ signs and banners.

Moshiri claims their jobs are safe, and he plans not to get rid of anyone anytime soon.

He added: “You can’t just make rash decisions. Right now, we have two big games. That is the only focus.”

EVERTON STATEMENT TO FANS LETTER

Everton Majority Shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, has responded to the Everton Fans’ Forum following their open letter last week…

Dear Everton Fans’ Forum,

Thank you for your letter and also more importantly for everything you do for the Club.

As the majority shareholder and proud custodian of Everton, I have the utmost respect for the support of Evertonians. I am also fully aware and understand the concerns that fans may have.

I hope through my two open letters to fans in the last 12 months I have provided clarity on my position, commitment and the direction of the Club. I trust that you also agree that the Club operates a well-structured and ongoing dialogue with not only the Forum, but also the Fan Advisory Board, the Supporters’ Club Committees and the many other fan groups that form the most robust fan communication network of any Club in the Premier League.

In almost seven years since my arrival at the Club, I have significantly increased my investment and our new stadium has become reality. We regularly review our performance and initiate change where we feel that the Club falls short of standard. This has meant that we have seen turnover in managers, Directors of Football and several board members, but always as we have striven to achieve success. Whilst, in virtually every instance, change has been supported and encouraged by fans, stability must be the key to progression.

I have faith in the work being done not only by our manager, but our Director of Football and our board of directors. That faith is based on my knowledge of the depth and quality of work being done both at Finch Farm and the Royal Liver Building – and of the plan that is in place. I am confident that we have skilled, experienced and focused professionals at all levels of the Club. We are all agreed that our current league position must and will improve.

I welcome the plans for the Fan Advisory Board (FAB) to host a series of sessions with fans to gather feedback, thoughts and concerns – of which the Forum is a part. I can confirm representatives from the Club’s Board will engage with the FAB and meet with its designated representative to discuss the collated fan feedback as soon as possible following the completion of those scheduled sessions.

The focus of myself, the Club and the fans is aligned – a better Everton – and I am confident we can move forward in a constructive and positive manner.

Best wishes,

Farhad

Social media users reacted as the Everton owner blames their FANS for ‘driving out good managers’ in Thursday’s shock talkSPORT interview…

@HarryLambert24: I’ve been here for a long time and I’m dedicated can I have a £950k a year job to do fuck all as well?

@LeighParryEFC: “All managers have been driven by the fans” No, the fans were sending threats to benitez before he was employed. No one wanted Sam Allardyce at the club. Lampard was wanted by the fans because he’s a young English manager and they were going to pick Vitor peirera 🤷‍♂️

@nebula1979: Does Moshiri have Stockholm Syndrome, backing the board? These are the people running the club DTD, not FM in Monaco. Look at how EFC have performed, despite FM providing funds. In business they would be dismissed. It’s irrelevant that they are EFC fans. How can he not know this?

@toffeebyrne: The guy’s an absolute charlatan. Hasn’t got a clue how to run a business, quite clearly. Get out of our club.

@Jayw1983_: Been there a long time – Which is exactly the issue they’ve overseen an era of nothingness

@GerryMullen12: The idea that all an owner can do is throw money around is utterly preposterous. It is the owners responsibility to employ people fit to make decisions that will move the club forward. Anyone is capable of pissing money up against a wall. There has to be plan in place first!

@exactlyaron:
long standing – and how does their track record look
dedicated – I’d hope every employee at Everton was dedicated to bringing success on and off the pitch
local – I couldn’t give a pigs ear, they could be from Neptune.
love the club – Quite irrelevant
attend games – like the fans

@Owens_EFC: literally the only manager the fans had any say in was lampard, because their only other candidates were vitor pereira and duncan ferguson

@Toffee0625: I remember it well, all Everton fans protesting and demanding Rafa Benitez as our new manager

@Will72427610: Driven out by the fans is he for real, he desperately wanted allardyce and he give him what he wanted, he thought benitez was a good idea to bring him in and didn’t care about the fans feelings about it & obvious he doesn’t care about us

@saywattharry: Backing the board and manager and then ‘another one bites the dust’ by Queen kicks in at 1.40 😂😂😂

@Barry1878: So the fans are asking pleading with you to act again, this time not the manager but the BOD that you’ve left in place and squandered your millions

@KipPEFC1878: Kenwright has deffo caught Moshiri shagging his dog! There can be no other reason why he is still in place.

@Alex_Blanchard1: “Live local” what sort of qualification is that to get onto the board of a premier league club? Virtually every other club in the league has people at board level who have vast experience either running or being on the board of huge companies with genuine business pedigree…

@Jonjos_twin: We’ll get relegated but at least we’ll have “local jobs for local people” eh. Brilliant. Sounds more like a UKIP manifesto than a strategy of an elite global club. Anything for our luvvie Blue Bill who by the way spends most of his time in London #KenwrightOut

@EFCNovaScotia: A lot of people were making claims that it wasn’t Moshiri who wrote yesterday’s letter. I hope now they understand how deluded, how arrogant, how egotistical, and how damaging to our football club Moshiri is. This is the major decision maker, trying to blame fans for his choices

@danield9898: A load of crap. Long standing board members who have caused the failure.

@JDGEFC: Haha he’s making everything worse. Is right maybe now yous can all try and force him out first

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