By Saikat Mandal

14th Jan, 2023 | 1:05pm

BBC journalist reacts to Everton board trouble ahead of Southampton clash

Everton’s Board of Directors will not attend the Premier League game against Southampton at Goodison Park on Saturday (14 January) because of a “real and credible threat to their safety and security”, the club have issued an official statement.

It means the likes of Bill Kenwright, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Graeme Sharp and Grant Ingles will not attend the game, while no one knows when Farhad Moshiri will ever pay a visit to Goodison Park.

BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone has reacted to the incident on Twitter (14 January) by saying “this is serious”. In fact, this is an unprecedented decision from the club and a very sad day for the supporters.

“Crumbs. This is serious,” wrote Stone on Twitter.


This is probably one of the dark days in the history of the club. 

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Moshiri has come out and bascially blamed the fans this week for the sacking of previous managers, and the relationship will be completely broken after what has happened today. 

Once again, the board is trying to put the blame on the fans. The relationship between the fans and club owners is completely broken. 

The news has come ahead of Everton’s crucial Premier League game against Southampton. Both sides are in the relegation zone, and it’s a must-win game for the Toffees. 

The fans are unhappy with how the club is being run. There is no structure and plan, and Frank Lampard hasn’t been able to get the results as well. 

And yet, it’s the fans who are standing behind the team and believing that they can turn it around. 

This is so depressing and damaging for the club ahead of a big match. Let’s hope the team gets the job done by picking up all three points.