Everton is mired in a civil war that could end in a disastrous end for Everton

It is too charitable to describe everton Kandy is in crisis. The crisis can be resolved with the right people in charge. Everton is mired in a civil war, the consequences could be disastrous, a measure of the turmoil that the potential end of the game for a manager with the worst winning percentage except for the hapless Mike Walker did not get his agenda under control before the trip to West Ham. .

Frank Lampard returned to his first team on Saturday after presiding over 10 defeats in 13 matches and Everton’s descent to the bottom of the Premier League. Waiting for him is David Moyes, who also hasn’t won a league game since late October, who also collected 15 points and his job is also on the line before the two-week break in the league. It is not fanciful to suggest the Scotsman could make a comeback at Goodison Park in the event of West Ham’s presence.

However, for now, the prospect of a new management upheaval does not consume all of Everton’s energies.

In just over a week, they were accused of dictating managerial policy by Farhad Moshiri, the eccentric owner who thought Sam Allardyce and Rafael Benitez were a good idea, and of threatening, violent and misogynistic behavior towards board members by their club. The serious allegations were made on the day thousands of fans staged a peaceful sit-in protest against the Everton board. Chairman Bill Kenwright, Chief Executive Officer Dennis Barrett Baxendale – Key targets for protest alongside Moshiri – Chief Financial Officer Grant Engels and Non-Executive Director Graeme Sharpe, club legend, missed out Defeat by bottom-placed Southampton And the planned demonstration on the advice of the club’s security staff.

No threats or wrongdoing were reported to Merseyside Police, whose statements confirmed they had been in contact with Everton over the allegations. It contained a reprimand to the club. Police said they were in contact “to ensure that any future reports are received through existing channels”. A day after the police statement, and another from Everton saying they would not comment on “specific historical incidents”, an article appeared in The Athletic in which a club source doubled down on accusations that Barrett Baxendale had been put in trouble. Undefined game. The claim remains unsubstantiated for about a week. The only evidence of Everton fans crossing the line in recent times is footage of Anthony Gordon being abused and seeing Mina confronted as they drove away from Goodison last Saturday.

Everton’s cycle of doom continues. NSNOW, the organizers of the protest, stated: “We are appalled by the Everton board’s recent statements and actions, including the use of unattributed leaks to the media, which have resulted in great damage to the reputation of the club and especially the fans. For the board, there is no recovery from this.” The Everton Shareholders’ Association, which had not been a hotbed of revolutionary fervor in the past, said relations between owner, board and fan base were “at an all-time low”. The association, also angered by the removal of general assemblies, has launched an online petition calling for a vote of no confidence in the board. It attracted nearly 11,000 signatures in the first 24 hours.

Frank Lampard after Everton's defeat by Southampton at Goodison Park
Frank Lampard left after Everton were defeated by bottom club Southampton. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

The result of this backfiring debacle is that Everton have made the manager’s job – and by extension, their chances of avoiding relegation – more difficult. They also revealed how Everton is managed, and why there is such a clamor for Moshiri to sell or force changes that were needed at the top when he bought into the club. Everton’s decline accelerated under the rule of the British-Iranian billionaire, but it didn’t start with him. The club were lagging behind their Premier League peers commercially and had three failed stadium projects to their name when Kenwright, who had been indebted to Moyes to keep Everton a slim competitor for 11 years, finally found a much-needed investor and invited Moshiri to join him in February. 2016.

Moshiri has at least found a solution to Everton’s stadium problem as construction continues on the impressive arena at Bramley-Moor Dock. However, he has yet to secure the additional investment required to complete the project, and this search will not be any easier with the club in the Championship. Relegation would necessitate a sale of assets from the team and raise the specter of management for a club that posted a combined loss of £372.6m in the combination of its three previous accounts available. Around £700m has been spent on more than 50 players in Moshiri’s era, with just over £400m recovered in sales. Lucrative business ties with businesses owned by oligarch Alisher Usmanov, Moshiri’s former business partner, have been severed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

By allowing Kenwright to remain an influential boss, Moshiri preserved the status quo when Everton needed a reset. Knorwright’s supporters would argue that his influence was vital in curbing the worst excesses of an affected owner who had no strategy or plan, and who frequently followed the bad advice of a few friendly agents.

Moshiri did not fail on his terms. The same is true of Lampard, a respected figure who has refused to blame the Everton circus for results he knows cause trouble. Nine league wins in 12 months and three league wins this season are appalling records. But, should the ax drop after West Ham, how accurately can one judge his performance at Everton? Lampard has spent the vast majority of the season without a recognized goalscorer who could have turned draws into wins and narrow defeats into draws when he introduced his essentially rebuilt defense and midfield earlier in the season.

Everton know since July 1 last year that Richarlison’s goals need to be replaced. Three weeks into the January window and no deals have arrived yet. Meanwhile, Southampton, West Ham, Bournemouth, Wolves, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa are strengthening. Danny Ings, now Saturday’s nemesis, Kevin Schade, new Brentford striker, and Georginho Rutter, Leeds’ record signing, were also on Lampard’s wish list.

Last season, Everton wielded the unity Lampard fostered between the fanbase and the struggling team to “push them over the line” – in his words – in a spirited fight against relegation. That crutch was gone, his club kicked him.

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