By Declan Walsh

23rd Jan, 2022 | 3:50pm

Agbonlahor baffled by Everton protests v Aston Villa as he reacts to Birmingham fan anger

Gabby Agbonlahor can’t understand why Everton fans were protesting against their club’s ownership after the defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Managerless Everton lost 1-0 at the hands of Steven Gerrard’s Villa with Lucas Digne, who was sold by Rafa Benitez before he was sacked, assisting the winner.

Tensions were high throughout the game and a group of fans stuck around inside Goodison after the match to make their discontent known to the board.

But ex-Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor can’t get his head around why there was such much anger against the board because of how much money they’ve pumped into the club.

Birmingham City fans protested their ownership on Saturday too [Sky Sports] and Agbonlahor says he can see why they did.

“[Everton fans are] against the owners – but the owners have spent a lot of money on that squad of players,” said Agbonlahor, as shown in a clip on the talkSPORT Twitter account on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s alright protesting against owners but only if they’re not looking to help the team, like Birmingham City were protesting [on Saturday] because their owners aren’t giving the club any money to spend and the stadium is rotting.

“But Everton are spending money on players, players are on good wages there. I don’t understand that.

“What they need is a manager and a sporting director to come in and get the right players. That’s what they need to do.”

He doesn’t get it

Why do pundits open their mouths and spout nonsense about something they clearly have no idea about?

Does Agbonlahor think that if an owner spends money, that makes him a good owner?

It would be interesting to hear his thoughts on Randy Lerner’s final stages as Aston Villa’s owner if that’s the case.

Everton have spent a lot of money with Farhad Moshiri pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into the Goodison Park coffers.

He’s spent half a billion on players, countless millions on hiring and firing managers plus another £500million on the new stadium.

Moshiri has throwing money at the club but in doing so, he’s stopped the club being able to spend any more due to Financial Fair Play.

It’s no good buying loads of players who aren’t good enough because his decisions to hire certain managers and directors have been woeful.

Your stadium doesn’t need to be rotting away to be unhappy with the board.

In other Everton news, contact has been made with the agent of a manager who “ticks all the boxes” for the Toffees.

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