By Matthew Shaw

14th Jan, 2023 | 2:15pm

Jeff Stelling reacts as Everton footage played live on Sky Sports from Goodison Park

Jeff Stelling has labelled the scenes at Goodison Park as “torrid” ahead of Everton taking on Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday 14 January.

Everton fans lined the streets and let off flares to welcome their team after the decision was made for the Board of Directors to stay at home due to a supposed threat to their safety.

Stelling admitted that the fans were there to back their team and Frank Lampard, although things are quickly getting toxic at Goodison Park this season, yet again.

Speaking live on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, as shared by Football Daily on Twitter, Stelling could not believe his eyes at what he was seeing from Merseyside.

“Everton’s board of directors have been instructed not to attend the game,” he said.

“These are reminiscent of pictures we saw at the end of last season, aren’t they? With the coaches arriving outside Goodison Park, flares being let off, huge police presence there as well.

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“Looking at the fans banging on the windows there, it’s one heck of a torrid atmosphere outside Goodison.

“The supporters are there to back their team, that’s what they’re trying to do now to make it a peaceful protest after the match, but backing their manager today as well, Frank Lampard, who is a man under pressure, but those are interesting scenes to say the least.”


It is getting really bad at Goodison Park now, with something about to explode.

Farhad Moshiri did not help himself one little bit this week by basically blaming fans for his decisions to change managers so frequently in the past, not looking at the main problem which is clearly himself.

Lampard has tried to remain positive, but all of this turmoil must be getting to him on some level, as he looks to guide the Toffees away from relegation danger in the Premier League again.

If today ends in another defeat to Southampton, all hell may break loose in and around Goodison Park, although there will be no-one from the boardroom there to see it.

Change is needed soon, but at the very top, and unfortunately, we just can’t see that happening in the near future, especially when it is Moshiri himself who is in charge.

All eyes are on Goodison Park and Everton, it’s impossible to take them away.