February 28, 2024

Simon Jordan has revealed what Bill Kenwright told him about his dealings with Farhad Moshiri as he paid tribute to the Everton chairman following the announcement of his death.

Speaking on talkSPORT on Wednesday (25 October), the pundit said he believes the pair had a “difficult relationship” after discussing the situation with the 78-year-old earlier this year.

The chairman told him that he struggled to tell the Toffees owner what to do and that he was “gobsmacked” when he realised Rafa Benitez was being interviewed to be the new manager at Goodison Park.

“I think if you look at the legacy of his time at Everton, the decisions that he made on the whole with the exception of the last few years with Moshiri, which I think was a very difficult relationship and people didn’t understand the nature of that relationship,” said Jordan.

“I can remember talking to Bill about it earlier in the year and saying ‘how have you let this situation develop with Moshiri and what’s going on at Everton?’. He said ‘you try telling a billionaire what to do, you try telling him the best manager is this manager and walking in a room and finding Rafa Benitez sitting across the table from you, and you’re gobsmacked that even the consideration would be there’.

“I think he was a very decent, charismatic, creative, interesting and engaging man, but one thing he was – despite certain people’s observations – was unequivocally committed, inextricably indexed at Everton Football Club.”

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Difficult position

It’s pretty clear that Kenwright was in a difficult position throughout his final years at Everton following the takeover by Moshiri.

There is no doubt that he loved the club and only wanted the best for it, but it will have been tough for him to actively see it suffering behind the scenes.

It sounds as though the pair didn’t agree on too much during their time working together following Jordan’s revelation about the way Benitez was appointed as the new boss.

The Blues aren’t in the best position by any means at this moment in time and, although Kenwright would have liked to have done some things differently, he cared an awful lot about the club.

All those associated with the Merseysiders will no doubt be feeling his loss, though, and the club will come together to mourn and celebrate his life when they face Burnley on 1 November at Goodison Park.

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