Everton fans fly banner over Goodison Park calling for chairmain Bill Kenwright to leave and branding Toffees as the ‘league’s worst run club’ during opening minutes of Premier League clash with Arsenal
- Huge protests against the Everton board seen at Goodison Park before kick-off
- Everton’s board members including Farhad Moshiri were told to stay away today
- Fans flew a banner over the stadium early on in the first-half to show frustration
A banner calling for Everton chairman Bill Kenwright to leave was spotted flying over Goodison Park amid huge protests before the lunchtime kick-off against Arsenal.
The banner, which appeared early on in the first-half, also branded Everton the ‘league’s worst run club’, as frustration continues to grow with owner Farhad Moshiri and the directors.
It comes despite the club’s hierarchy not attending the game, with Sky Sports News reporting they were told to stay away amid the protests.
A banner calling for Everton chairman Bill Kenwright to leave was spotted flying over Goodison Park
The Everton chairman has been subject to abuse amid growing fan frustration at how the club is run
Supporters staged another protest against Moshiri and the club’s ownership in the streets around Goodison Park ahead of the match.
One banner depicted majority shareholder Moshiri, Kenwright and director Denise Barrett-Baxendale as clowns.
Kenwright owns only 1.3 per cent of the club these days. Everton is – theoretically at least – under the control of the British-Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri whose company Blue Heaven Holdings owns 94.1 per cent.
But Kenwright is regularly abused at Goodison Park and the banner is just the latest attempt to get him to leave.
It is not an ideal start to life for Sean Dyche who leads his Everton side for the first time since replacing Frank Lampard.
The Everton ownership also stayed away from their last home fixture against Southampton, which ended in a 2-1 defeat, because of security concerns.
Fan anger has only grown with the £40million sale of star asset Anthony Gordon to Newcastle United during the January transfer window.
One banner depicted majority shareholder Moshiri, Kenwright and director Denise Barrett-Baxendale as clowns
Meanwhile, no players were brought in during the month to help new manager Dyche in the fight against relegation.
The team’s last win came back on October 22 and they have lost eight of their last nine matches, crashing out of both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup in the process.
Supporters descended on the club’s Finch Farm training ground in the week after the club failed to sign a new striker in the closing hours of deadline day.
Owner Farhad Moshiri had promised in a video recorded on January 19 that Everton would ‘sign a striker’.
But despite looking at a number of options, there was still no sign of the new face they so desperately need arriving.
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