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Everton owner Farhad Moshiri issues  apology to fans for dreadful

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri apologizes to fans for ‘fear and frustration’ caused by their relegation-threatened season and admits the club has wasted money after spending more than half a BILLION since he took over

  • Everton survived relegation from the Premier League in penultimate game
  • Toffees were dragged into dogfights and held up by the skin of their teeth
  • Owner Farhad Moshiri has apologized to fans for mistakes made at the club
  • He says supporters didn’t deserve the fear and frustration of the previous campaign

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has apologized to fans for the ‘fear and frustration’ of their relegated season and has admitted to wasting money at the club.

A come-from-behind 3-2 win over Crystal Palace three days before the end of the campaign extended the Toffees’ top time to 69, sparking joyous scenes with thousands of fans storming the field.

But overall it has been a miserable year for their supporters, one that started with the controversial appointment of former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, who was sacked after just 200 days in charge and winning just five league games.

Everton have spent over £500million since Farhad Moshiri bought majority stake

Everton have spent over £500million since Farhad Moshiri bought majority stake

Everton had a terrible season and survived relegation on the skin of their teeth

Everton had a terrible season and survived relegation on the skin of their teeth

Thousands of Everton fans stormed the pitch after Premier League safety was confirmed

Thousands of Everton fans stormed the pitch after Premier League safety was confirmed

Although Moshiri did not refer to the Spaniard, who wanted to name the owner despite dissenting votes from the board, he acknowledged by name that mistakes had been made.

That extended to the transfer market, where Everton has spent more than half a billion pounds since Moshiri took over in 2016, as well as the awkward appointment of Benitez’s successor Frank Lampard.

“Mistakes have been made and for that I would like to apologize to all of you,” the owner said in an open letter to supporters.

“It hasn’t been good enough and it has to get better. You’ve given us incredible support that got us over the line when we needed it most, and we need to repay that support and show that lessons have been learned.

Rafa Benitez was an unpopular appointment and failed to win the Everton fans over

Rafa Benitez was an unpopular appointment and failed to win the Everton fans over

“We are determined not to make the same mistakes again, even if we have not always spent significant amounts wisely.

There’s no denying it was a great night as we turned around a 2-0 deficit at half-time to secure a sensational win and guarantee a 69th consecutive season at the top of English football last season.

“But we cannot hide the fact that we underperformed in what turned out to be a very challenging campaign.

He continued: ‘I am determined to secure the future success of the club by delivering a fully funded stadium that will support our status as a leading club.

Fans will welcome Moshiri's apology, who promised to do better and learn lessons

Fans will welcome Moshiri’s apology, who promised to do better and learn lessons

“Our new stadium project at Bramley-Moore Dock has reached an exciting and historic stage as it rises from the ground, with the four main cores now in place.

“Of course the stadium alone will not help us achieve our goals and we are determined not to make the same mistakes again, including not always having spent significant amounts wisely.

“During the 2021/22 season, the Board of Directors conducted a strategic review of our business, looking at, among other things, working practices, our recruitment process and the whole structure of our football business to clearly identify the causes of our underperformance on the pitch. † Many of the lessons have already been implemented.

“You didn’t deserve the frustration and anxiety that the season brought with it.”

Frank Lampard, appointed manager in late January, led Everton to safety

Frank Lampard, appointed manager in late January, led Everton to safety

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