DOMINIC KING: Farhad Moshiri’s crazy world is a masterclass in how NOT to run a football club
DOMINIC KING: Farhad Moshiri’s crazy world is a masterclass in how NOT to run a football club…he allowed Vitor Pereira and his loose lips to turn Everton into a laughing stock
- Farhad Moshiri’s reign in charge of Everton has not gone as fans had hoped
- Moshiri is looking for another manager after Rafael Benitez . resigned
- Everton fans angry at prospect of Vitor Pereira as possible successor
- Frank Lampard hasn’t worked for a year, but Pereira has spoken out about the job
In one of Everton’s recent managerial searches, Farhad Moshiri’s unpredictable nature caused further annoyance at Goodison Park.
One day he would have a particular target and ask for it to be pursued. Progress would be made to fulfill the majority shareholder’s wish, but – when it came to pushing a button – Moshiri would unexpectedly change his mind and give in.
At first glance, you would think such information was far-fetched. But don’t hesitate after the latest farcical twist in this soap opera, where an applicant is interviewed about his interview on live TV. The crazy world of Moshiri is really a masterclass in how not to run a football club.
Farhad Moshiri (right) continues to anger Everton fans with his leadership of the club
The Toffees have been managerless since Rafael Benitez resigned earlier this month
Angry Everton fans have staged protests over Vitor Pereira’s imminent nomination
Pereira has impressed Everton’s hierarchy in talks with Merseyside club in recent days
Vitor Pereira was flown to London earlier this week with the expectation of becoming Everton’s new manager. He wasn’t good enough to get the job in 2013 or 2019, but for some reason Moshiri – perhaps influenced by an outside influence – thought 2022 was the right time.
However, Everton fans did not. Some graffiti was sprayed on Goodison’s walls, the image circulated on social media and anger flared. Moshiri suddenly had cold feet, there was no appointment and this rudderless outfit was back to square one. It was remarkable to hear Pereira sing like a canary on Sky Sports News – what a stroke of luck that he happened to be on the phone to them for a bit of self-promotion – but it would be even more remarkable if Moshiri gave him the reins now.
At this point, Frank Lampard has become a favorite for the role. If he gets it, there will no doubt be rumors on Moshiri’s official club channels saying the former Chelsea boss has always been the man he wanted.
If that happens, treat every word with mockery. Lampard has been out of work for a year. He hasn’t been hiding, he hasn’t had an excessive breakout clause, he hasn’t had a job that required delicate negotiations. He was available and eager to get back on the training pitch.
A far-sighted club would have struck a deal to have Lampard revealed within 48 hours of Rafa Benitez’s sacking, but no. This is Everton, he breaks out on the hoof and constantly takes wrong turns in dead-end alleys. It never used to be like this. The fans are mutiny and chairman Bill Kenwright bore the brunt of it on Saturday. It was desperate to see him confronted, unable to get a word between his ears as the angry mob screamed their fury.
In addition to graffiti on a wall in Goodison Park, other fans held up banners at club offices
Frank Lampard is also in the running for the job at Everton, but all signs point to Pereira
This history lesson will not be well received by those so blind with anger, but when Kenwright and then manager David Moyes teamed up, Everton was widely respected, did excellent deals for hungry, young players and was constantly pushed forward.
In Moyes’ 11 seasons from 2002 to 2013, Everton reached Europe four times and finished outside the top eight twice. At one point, Moyes felt like he had the foundations of a team that might have a dart to the title and if he’d brought on Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg in 2010 they might have broken into the top four.
This was what Everton should be – united from the boardroom to the pitch, fans devoted to ambitious players who are proud to wear their colours. Moshiri has been throwing money around and turning it into a place where there is little soul, losing sight of what is important.
That they’re in a place where Pereira and his loose lips turned them into a laughing stock – people inside Goodison didn’t know it was coming and were stunned by what he said – was nothing short of a shame. Moshiri has to make a good decision. History tells you he won’t.
Everton fans called on chairman Bill Kenwright to face the Aston Villa defeat on Saturday
Supporters also held up signs saying ‘fire the sign’ after Saturday’s loss to Goodison Park
Kenwright (left) and Moshiri are subject to mounting anger from Toffees supporters
Everton are currently 16th in the Premier League, four points above the drop zone