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Farhad Moshiri has “put his money where his mouth is” at Everton and has to be allowed to do what he sees fit in terms of selling up says Kevin Campbell.
The Toffees owner has variously been looking for a buyer or minority investment in the club over the past year, but the Daily Mail reported on 7 March that the billionaire had snubbed “several serious offers” and would no longer sell in case it sparked the government to scrutinise his links to sanctioned oligarch Alisher Usmanov.
Former captain Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, accepts that there is plenty of upset over how the club is being run, but believes having invested big sums into Everton it is Moshiri’s decision how and when he sells.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “No of course not, he’s not holding the club hostage, he’s the owner.
“If he’s the owner he’s not holding the club hostage. The fact is these are big business people and he’s put his money where his mouth is.
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“He’s invested big money in the club and his relationship with Alisher Usmanov, or whoever, is what it is.
“I don’t know fully what’s going on in that sense, but if you’re the owner of a football club it’s your club to make decisions on.
“Nobody complained when he pumped £550million into the club.
“So I think we’ve got to be a bit careful with how we word these things. Of course people can be upset that the club haven’t been doing well etc. That’s part and parcel.
“But somebody who puts his money where his mouth is and owns it, we’ve got to allow him the opportunity to do what he needs to do.”
There’s no denying that cash has been spent at Everton which is something that fans of other clubs are crying out for from their owners, but the decision-making has been abysmal and the relationship with the fans is broken.
So it would be in everyone’s best interests to end the toxicity and for Moshiri to sell up sooner rather than later.
Granted, he is the owner so he is in position to decide whether to accept offers, but if he is now staying in place to avoid his links to Usmanov being looked into it is acting in his own best interests rather than the club’s.
The loss of Usmanov’s sponsorship money via USM last season when ties were hastily cut over his relationship with Vladimir Putin have already had a negative financial impact on the club so it is not going to be popular if the links have continue to have ramifications.