Former Everton striker Victor Anichebe has posted a scathing message regarding the club’s board on social media ahead of Sunday’s relegation decider.
The ex-Nigerian international referred to Everton’s board as ‘jokers’ and stated that the club prefer to hire former players from the 1980’s, rather than someone with a strategic vision.
Indeed, the 35-year-old made the comment following Everton’s 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers last Saturday, replying to Everton fans on a post made by the official Everton Instagram page,.
Anichebe posted: “They hire their mates (just playin) the media guys are absolutely fantastic. It’s just the jokers on the board hiring people that played in 1980/others with no experience to influence strategic decisions for a big club in 2023.”
Anichebe comment echoes the sentiment of disenfranchised Everton fans
The Everton board has been the target of numerous fan-led protests over the past couple of seasons, with momentum gathering pace amongst a frustrated fanbase this season.
Earlier in the current campaign, thousands of Evertonians took to the streets around Goodison Park prior to every home game with flags and banners protesting against the club’s board.
However, such demonstrations have been put on hiatus given Everton’s precarious league position but will likely resume in the summer once the season is over.
Anichebe is clearly referencing Graeme Sharp in his comment, the ex-Everton striker who was instrumental in the club’s success throughout the 1980’s.
The Scot worked for many years as a club ambassador but was made a member of the board in January 2022.
Indeed, many fans now feel that his association with the current custodians of the club has tarnished his legacy as an Everton legend, and have called for him to step down from his position.
Without doubt, the club needs a root and branch overhaul, but the first priority is maintaining Premier League status, with a massive game against Bournemouth on Sunday.