Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has expressed his dismay with the way Everton are being run.
Everton’s Premier League season has gotten off to a poor start. The Toffees lost their first three matches of the campaign, without managing to score a goal, and have only been able to get one point on the board, having earned a draw against Sheffield United last time out.
Sean Dyche will be desperate to see his side secure a positive result when they host Arsenal at Goodison Park this afternoon.
The Merseyside outfit’s issues extend beyond the pitch, though. Many Everton fans are unhappy with the club’s current ownership, and the financial situation at Goodison Park has significantly impaired the club’s spending power in the transfer window.
Significant changes are certainly needed if Everton are to get back to challenging for European qualification places. In the short term, retaining their Premier League status, after coming close to relegation on multiple occasions in recent seasons, is an absolute must.
Tony Cascarino bemoans Everton “freefall”
Tony Cascarino has now had his say on the dire state of Everton’s affairs. Speaking on TalkSport, the 61-year-old said, “the respect that they have in the game has dwindled over the years because the club has just fallen into freefall. It feels like they are fighting relegation every season now. Although they haven’t gone down, they feel like a team that has gone up and down.”
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“The club has been an absolute mess. I don’t know all the details, but what we can see is that the club has been left to rot in some ways, and I think Farhad Moshiri has probably had enough.”
Owner Farhad Moshiri is certainly keen to sell off his majority stake in the club. As reported by the BBC, a potential takeover is currently underway, with American investment fund 777 Partners seeking to take the reigns.
This takeover could mark the first step in Everton’s recovery as a club. However, there is a long road ahead, and Dyche must ensure they remain competitive on the pitch this season, as relegation would be an absolute disaster for the Toffees, especially given they have a new stadium on the way.
Everton have an excellent home record against Arsenal, but it’ll take a spectacular performance for them to secure a win against the Gunners today.