Simon Jordan insists Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is to blame for the club’s current problems, rather than Rafa Benitez or Frank Lampard.
The Toffees spent approx. £560million on new signings since Moshiri’s arrival in February 2016 but currently find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle.
Many were quick to blame Benitez – who was sacked in January and has struggled to win over fans with his Liverpool connections – for the club’s current struggles.
But Jordan insists it was the Spaniard’s appointment and dismissal that ‘destabilized the club’.
“I don’t blame Benitez, I blame Benitez’s appointment,” Jordan told talkSPORT. “It destabilized the club.
“Benitez took the job because he was offered it, the people who appointed him are guilty of the particular enigmas they have.
“Benitez was always going to be a poisoned situation. He was always going to take them on a fast track to Palookaville because there would always be that fan dynamic that didn’t have it.
“He was going to have to do something big to convince the dissidents, and the moment they didn’t, the moment he went slightly off the pitch, there would be the situation.
“So my point is not about the management of Benitez, the appointment destabilized the club because it alienated some of the fans and then the wheels came off and they took him out.”
Jim White then asked Jordan who he would blame for Everton’s current situation: Moshiri, Benitez or Lampard.
Jordan replied, “I think Moshiri, ultimately, because he’s the intellectual capital behind who makes these appointments.
“Frank comes in with no reference point, Moshiri made it worse. Frank was a good date if Everton were in good condition.
“If Everton have all their ducks in a row when Frank Lampard arrives, a rookie manager, who I think will always be a top manager, but those experiences are quite debilitating for him.
“Paul Clement and his team behind the scenes need to do a bit more as they are supposed to be elite coaches to bridge the gap between Frank Lampard.”
He added: “The blame game serves no purpose but, in this case, if you want to point the finger at people, it’s a lack of decision-making that is beneficial for Moshiri’s Everton Football Club.
“The financial mismanagement has put them in a situation where this group of players is not good enough.”
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