’22 years of failure’: Everton fans tell chairman Bill Kenwright to leave in banner flown over Goodison Park before Aston Villa clash as they show their disgust at the state of the club
- Plane carrying banner reading ’22 YEARS OF FAILURE BILL @ TIME2GOBILL’ flew above Goodison Park before game against Aston Villa
- Everton haven’t won a trophy since lifting the League Cup in 1995
- The Toffees have reached one final in Bill Kenwright’s 22-year tenure at the club
- Everton fans have vehemently criticised the board for a lack of vision this season
Rafael Benitez may have gone, but Everton fans’ fury at Bill Kenwright shows no sign of dissipating.
Supporters made their feelings about the club’s chairman clear prior to the game against Aston Villa, with a plane trailing a banner with a message reading ’22 YEARS OF FAILURE BILL @ TIME2GOBILL’ flying above Goodison Park just before kick off.
Kenwright, a former Coronation Street actor, has been on the Everton board since 1989 and bought a 68 percent stake in the club in 1999.
Everton fans called for chairman Bill Kenwright after going 22 years without a trophy
In the 22 years since, however, the closest Everton have come to winning a first trophy since 1995 was losing the 2009 FA Cup to Chelsea.
Kenwright held onto this chairman role after billionaire Farhad Moshiri bought the club in 2014, but success has remained frustratingly elusive despite Everton spending over £500 million on transfers in the past five years.
Since Moshiri took over the club, Everton have never finished any higher than eighth in the Premier League and have never gone further than the semi-final in both the FA Cup and the League Cup.
A plane carrying a banner reading ’22 YEARS OF FAILURE BILL’ flew above Goodison Park
The Everton board’s decision to appoint Benitez in the summer quickly backfired, with the team regressing on the pitch and discontent against the former Liverpool manager growing among supporters.
Benitez was repeatedly booed by fans and banners calling for his firing and for the board’s resignation were held aloft during away games at Hull in the FA Cup and at Norwich last week.
The Spaniard’s position eventually became untenable and he was sacked last week, with Moshiri now set to embark on a search for his sixth managerial appointment in as many years.
Kenwright and owner Farhad Moshiri (right) have come under criticism from Everton fans
Everton supporters have made their feelings about the board known throughout the season
The billionaire increased in stake in Everton to 94 percent this week and reiterated the board’s commitment to make the club successful.
‘I understand the frustration felt by everybody who loves Everton because of our inconsistent form in recent seasons, despite significant investment in the playing squad,” he wrote in an open letter penned to the fans.
‘The money that has been spent since 2016, not just on the playing squad but also on key projects including our new stadium demonstrates my commitment to Everton.’