By George Overhill

17th Sep, 2023 | 9:10pm

Everton shareholder slams Farhad Moshiri over 'blinking disaster' as Bill Kenwright is hailed as 'greatest Evertonian'

Bill Kenwright is the “greatest Evertonian” in the history of Everton Football Club and he should never have sold to Farhad Moshiri, according to Mike Parry.

The Toffees shareholder made a series of posts on his personal Twitter account on 16 September decrying the “basket case” the club have become since the chairman gave in to “loud and angry fans” who “demanded” he sell to a billionaire, apparently holding Farhad Moshiri directly responsible for the “blinking disaster” now in effect.

The TV and radio presenter also pushed back against criticism from a fan to claim that he has “put my money on the table to back us” while questioning what others have done.

Parry’s heavy criticism comes as Moshiri has agreed a deal to sell his entire majority shareholding to 777 Partners, as per an official announcement from the club on 15 September, but with reports suggesting it will be impossible.

Blind faith?

The proportion of Toffees supporters who would support the view that Kenwright is blameless for the decline since Moshiri took over is likely a small one now, and certainly not a vocal one.

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It is not as if there isn’t enough criticism to go around for the slide from being regular European challengers to struggling to even stay in the top flight amid constant financial concerns.

There might be an argument to say that if it wasn’t broke when the club were regularly finishing as best of the rest a decade or so ago then there was no need to fix it.

But if Moshiri is the problem then it means Kenwright found the wrong man, despite what he claimed at the time [Guardian].

The money that was hoped for did arrive, at least until ties with Alisher Usmanov were severed, as there was no shortage of spending at Goodison Park in the early years of the Moshiri era, but with Kenwright kept on in a key role throughout he has major questions to answer himself over the effectiveness of the decision-making on where the money went.

The ownership question is as cloudy as ever at the moment, with suggestions that Moshiri is desperate to find a way out because he can’t fund the club further and others that 777 can’t afford to buy it off him and run it going forward [Daily Mail, 16 September].

For their part both parties appear to be confident that a deal will get done, but after another defeat on the pitch to Arsenal this weekend there is precious little positivity to cling to right now.

In other Everton news, Richard Keys has delivered a “shocking” verdict on apparently imminent developments at Goodison.