Everton owners proving to be amateurs with agents, players and everything in between
Everton were once again thrust into the spotlight at an AGM and again it is for embarrassing reasons why we are there again.
What should be a time to show professionalism in moving the club forward has once again shown that the club need to appoint an experienced football businessman to lead the club from the front and get their house in order.
So, what has gone on?
In short, the club has been played. Played in moves which has cost the club millions of pounds. Played by an agent who has been playing a very clever game to line his pockets and move people in and out of the club.
In short, the club had to do favours to try and get Ross Barkley to sign and new contract but once we did these favours the lad never signed anyway.
Farhad Moshiri came out with a couple of pearlers lastnight which really shows how amateurish we are when it comes to boardroom decision making. One of the tales involved a convoluted tale involving John Stones, Ronald Koeman and Ross Barkley.
“When it got to the two years I met his agent and said ‘We need to extend the contract’. He said ‘You need to get Ronald Koeman’ and we got Koeman.
“He then said (John) Stones was his friend and he should be allowed to leave and he left. We got into the last year (of his contract) and again we didn’t want him to go.
“Bill miraculously got an offer for £35m for a player who was injured and then he changed his mind. Sam (Allardyce) spoke to him and he didn’t want to stay.”
So in short, the club did a number of favours for this agent which cost the club millions and then never got their end result anyway. Amateur hour.
Add to this the club’s new philosophy of chucking money at anything, even if it’s not a benefit and it really doesn’t show us in a good light. Moshiri told the tale of how they tried to keep Romelu Lukaku.
“With Romelu I wasted two summers trying to keep him,” Moshiri said.
“I spoke to him, his agent, his mother. We tried to offer him a better offer than Chelsea. He wanted to play for Chelsea though – at that time.
“Bill Kenwright [Everton’s chairman] has been like a father to many players, but ultimately it’s the agents they rely on. If I tell you what we offered him, you won’t believe it, and we offered him an even better deal than Chelsea, whatever they offered we matched but he just didn’t want to stay.”
“I got close to Rom, I like the boy, he’s a good boy, and I used all my charm to keep him and I flatly failed,” Moshiri added.
“Ultimately we lost money. To buy Rom now would be £120m. The issue was his brain had gone. He was in LA [with Pogba] and he wouldn’t come back.
“It happens. Alex Ferguson got another year out of [Cristiano] Ronaldo but then he was off. [Luis] Suarez had to bite a few players to get off.”
Top this off with Director of Footballs claim that Everton would have got 7th without Roms goals anyway and it really does show a leadership team that are just playing at the football business without any real Media training or football experience.
Moshiri is fairly new to Premier League football, but he is clearly a talented businessman and I fully expect him to learn from his mistakes. He is in his first 2 years of owning a Premier League football club, but not is the time to push on and be a bit more cut throat with agents, players and our own staff.
The best thing the club could do is to sack off the likes of Robert Elstone and appoint an experienced senior team with football experience. Friend of Moshiri David Dein would be the kind of appointment that the club should be all over. Experienced with stadium moves, a shrewd businessman, experience of the top level of English football and business savvy to not waste money.
Everton as a club really need to sort their shit out and quickly.
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