Farhad Moshiri’s Everton apology splits the Toffees fanbase
Farhad Moshiri’s apology to Everton divides the club’s fan base as some supporters praise their owner for admitting his mistakes… but others mock his claim that Frank Lampard was the ‘outstanding candidate’ to replace Rafa Benitez
Farhad Moshiri’s lengthy apology for Everton’s near-disastrous 2021-22 season has divided the Toffees fan base, with some scrutinizing his comments about Frank Lampard’s hiring process as manager and others praising the owner’s honesty.
Lampard’s Everton fought back from 2-0 down at Goodison Park against Crystal Palace to win 3-2 in the penultimate game of the season and crucial to maintain their Premier League status.
The season started with the unpopular appointment of Liverpool legend Rafa Benitez as Everton boss. He was eliminated in January when they were 15th in the table and six points above the drop.
Everton were rejected by Belgium when they attempted to bring Roberto Martinez back to Goodison Park to replace Benitez, with Vitor Pereira, Duncan Ferguson and Lampard all then being interviewed for the job amid a fan reaction against the Portuguese boss.
Farhad Moshiri wrote a letter to Everton fans apologizing for their terrible 2021-22 season
Moshiri said ‘outstanding candidate’ Lampard was appointed after a ‘robust process’ but in response fans said Roberto Martinez and Vitor Pereira were among the frontrunners
There was a response from fans to Pereira as Everton turned to Lampard in January
The club insist that a rigorous process has been undertaken to find Benitez’s replacement and that Lampard has voted the unanimous choice of Moshiri and the board for Pereira and club legend Ferguson.
In Moshiri’s apology published Wednesday night, he said of Lampard’s appointment: “During the 2021-22 season, the board led a strategic review… the pitch. Many of the lessons have already been implemented.
“The hiring of Frank Lampard as our manager is an example of this. He was the prime candidate at the end of a robust and well-defined process, showing that he could combine his technical skills with passion, intelligence, humility and in line with our club’s values.”
However, an Everton fan noted that in response to Moshiri’s letter, in which he wrote: “”Lampard…was the prime candidate at the end of a robust and well-defined process”…er… FA wouldn’t call him allow to get Martinez! And fans stopped him from getting Pereira.”
Fans were quick to question Moshiri’s comments about how the club was playing Lampard . had hired
It was a comment echoed by another fan who said: ‘Stop taking credit for getting Lampard after a supposedly ‘long process’…you first listened to Kenwright wanting Martinez back…thankfully Belgium did not allow that. … then you wanted and started appointing your mate Pereira to the backlash of fans.’
But Moshiri will see plenty of positive comments if he reads through the comments.
One supporter said: ‘Fair play to him, he made a lot of mistakes, but at least he doesn’t hide like many other owners usually do.’
Another wrote: ‘This is a good start, an apology was certainly needed. We just want to know that lessons have been learned and how things are going to change.’
But other supporters gave Moshiri credit for the front after such a difficult campaign
And another fan said: ‘Nice Farhad, learn from your mistakes and never let us get into that situation again.’
Everton are now preparing for the 2022-2023 season, with matches to be announced on June 16.
They are approaching the transfer of defender James Tarkowski on a free transfer from Burnley and are also linked with a transfer of Harry Winks from Tottenham.
Everton have been largely unsuccessful in the transfer market in recent years, with £26million to Yannick Bolasie, high wages to James Rodriguez, £24million to Davy Klaassen, £20million to Cenk Tosun and £24million to Moise Kean and many others who have since gone on.
In an unusual move for an owner, Moshiri admitted the club’s recruitment was a bull’s eye.
He continued: ‘We are determined not to make the same mistakes again, including how we have not always spent significant sums wisely.’