Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has criticised Everton’s Farhad Moshiri over his decisions to bring in Rafael Benitez and to part ways with Marcel Brands.
After previously having a stake in Arsenal, the British-Iranian businessman bought into Everton in 2016. He now has a majority stake in the Premier League club.
He has been criticised of late amid Everton’s poor run of form. They are without a win in eight games and over this run, they have been beaten six times.
They are managed by former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and he is under pressure at the moment. Last time out the Toffees were beaten 4-1 by their Merseyside rivals.
They are back in action on Monday night as they host Arsenal. Ahead of this game, Everton’s director of football Brands left the club with “immediate effect”.
The Toffees have spent around £300m on signings since Brands joined them in 2018. As quoted by talkSPORT, Jordan has suggested that Moshiri is the “problem” at Everton:
“The problem with Everton Football Club is Moshiri,” Jordan said.
“I think Moshiri has spent money but not as much as people think he has.
“The gross spend is different to the net spend, but I think Moshiri doesn’t know how to run Everton Football Club.
“I’m not suggesting that I’m the oracle. I had successes and failures in equal measure, probably, but sitting back and looking at it objectively, I would have loved to have owned a football club like Everton with all the potential behind it.
“You’ve got more opportunity to get it right than wrong. From the managers he’s employed to the transfers he’s sanctioned.
“Even Benitez, I know he can do a decent job – but who in their right mind brings Benitez to Everton?
“He wasn’t just a Liverpool manager but he was an iconic Liverpool manager, who was inextricably indexed to Liverpool.”
Jordan went onto suggest that he cannot understand Everton’s decision to part ways with Brands:
“You put somebody in, listen to their advice, sense check it and follow it,” Jordan added.
“You’ve had high repute managers in there, like Ancelotti, who aren’t mugs.
“They understand the world of football and you sit back over the years and watch one transaction after another.
“By that time you’ve arrived in April, you still think he’s doing a good job. and give him a new three-year deal.
“Seven months later he buys no new players, besides a couple of successful ones like Demarai Gray, and then you fire him.”
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