Everton’s Union Blues

Three years ago, the publication of accounts for the holding companies of Arsenal and Everton provided a stark contrast between clubs who were, at the time covered by those accounts, three places apart in English club football’s pecking order. While Arsenal were opening superstores in Vietnam, Everton were forced to outsource their own merchandising due to poor performance. The gap between the best and, as Everton then were, the best of the rest, was more of a chasm. Even since then, only the monumental sticking plaster applied by the management skills of David Moyes has masked the reality of a club stagnating while competitors have progressed. Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta seemed to personify the continuing chasm between Everton and the top division elite to which they not-so-long-ago belonged, with his deadline-evening move from to Arsenal. Even football analysts’ confusion about the merits or otherwise of Arteta appeared to tell a tale. A player so pivotal to Everton was a panic overspend by a desperate Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. In that assessment lay the up-to-date overall assessment of the two clubs’ relative standings in English club football. Moyes’ sticking plaster was ripped painfully away (taking plenty of proverbial body hairs with it) by chairman and major shareholder Bill Kenwright’s revelations, to supporters umbrella organisation ‘The Blue Union’ (TBU) last month. In a controversially transcripted and published interview, he admitted Everton’s...

Read More