By George Overhill

7th Feb, 2023 | 5:40pm

Farhad Moshiri will not leave Everton without conflict resolution amid vacuum with fans - Sky Sports

Farhad Moshiri is not going to leave Everton without some sort of resolution to the “vacuum” between the board and fans, according to Sky Sports’ Alan Myers.

The Toffees board attended the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on 21 January which saw Frank Lampard lose his job, but are continuing to stay away from home games amid claims of safety threats, which Myers terms “a quite remarkable state of affairs for a Premier League club to find itself in.”

There was no sign of the club hierarchy for new manager Sean Dyche’s first media appearance or his first match – the 1-0 win over Arsenal – and the fans continue to call for the board to be sacked, but Myers believes the majority shareholder will require his exit to be done with “dignity and respect”.

The supposed threats to the board’s safety has been disputed by supporters and Myers acknowledges :”No ‘real’ Evertonian would condone such behaviour”

But amid a silence from the club’s side of the broken relationship with the fans he believes there is going to have to be a dialogue before the situation changes, and has called from the hierarchy to speak up.

In his Monday (6 February) Reporter Notebook for Sky Sports Myers wrote: “The shouts of “sack the board” from the fans are unrealistic. Boards don’t get ‘sacked’ that easily. The business world doesn’t respond well to such actions and, from the little I know of Moshiri, I’m told he’s not the type of person to end relationships in such an undignified way.

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“He, I’m sure, would want any such move, should it come to that, to be done with dignity and respect.”


Surely a solution must be reached sooner or later because continued Everton struggles benefit nobody.

Moshiri and the board were subject to protests in January 2022, and that only died down while Frank Lampard and the fans were pulling together to try to avoid relegation.

The issues were still there in the background and once things headed south under the now-former manager they came to the fore once again, and will continue to do so every time the situation becomes perilous.

Dyche may have started with a new manager bounce, but the decision-making from the top has given him a highly difficult task, just as it did his predecessor.

In light of the running of the club repeatedly storing up new fires to put out it seems highly unlikely that the fanbase will trust it being in the hands of the current decision-makers ever again.

And there is suspicion over the voracity of the claims of assault on Denise Barrett-Baxendale and threats to the board’s safety, which would of course be a serious matter, given the timing and way the suggestion came out.

However well-meaning or earnest those in charge are in hoping for the best at Everton, there comes a point where they would have to concede that they aren’t succeeding.

A truce of some sort with the fans, ahead of the dignified exit that Moshiri would apparently want, feels like it is the only option at this point and the board avoiding the inevitable is just kicking the can down the road.