By Beck Pascal

1st Mar, 2022 | 10:15am

Michael Ball questions Everton owner Farhad Moshiri's decisions

Former Everton player Michael Ball has expressed his doubts over owner Farhad Moshiri following the clubs’ latest backroom appointment. 

The Blues announced their new director of football Kevin Thelwell last week following Marcel Brands’ departure earlier in the season. 

Ball questioned the Toffees owner’s handling of previous directors, saying it hasn’t worked for the club.

He said as per Liverpool ECHO: “Director of football was a position where we weren’t sure how Everton were going to go forward but the appointment of Kevin Thelwell hints at a change of direction in the role.

“I’ve questioned the owner Farhad Moshiri a few times over what is the point in having a sporting director if he hasn’t got the opportunities to make the decisions he needs to.

“We’ve been guilty under both Steve Walsh and Marcel Brands of having a ‘too many cooks’ kind of approach to recruitment.

“Everyone has seemingly been having their say on transfers at a time, including the chairman and the owner. When things go wrong, it opens the door for excuses over who made that decision.

“It works when we’re all on the same hymn sheet but for the last five years or so, the recruitment has been shocking – it hasn’t worked.”

Must change approach

Moshiri simply has to learn from his previous mistakes. 

You can’t employ members of staff and then just try and carry out the job yourself. These are professionals, the very best at what they do, just like the footballers. 

He wouldn’t run on the pitch and try and play so why interfere with transfers and the football side of the club? 

Under no circumstance should he be allowed to have a hand in messing up a third director of football’s tenure at the club, he should stay clear. 

It is vital the club identify a clear identity under Frank Lampard and Thelwell. They have been brought in to fix the mess that has been caused by Moshiri and co over the last five or six years and he desperately needs to see that.

If the pair can work together and devise a long-term plan for the club it would be huge.

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