Ken Early: Benitez replacement likely to be chewed up by Everton chaos

Owner Farhad Moshiri has pumped money into the club with little return to show for it

Rafael Benitez was always doomed to failure at a chaotic club like Everton.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Rafael Benitez was always doomed to failure at a chaotic club like Everton. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

On Saturday afternoon Goodison Park witnessed a kind of full house of football fury. There was the pre-match plane circling over the stadium trailing a banner begging chairman Bill Kenwright to go. There were angry messages printed on bedsheets. There was a once-beloved former player, who left the club only one week ago, who was greeted with a confused mixture of applause and abuse before setting up the winner for the opposing team. There was the hail of missiles that rained down on the celebrating opponents. There was the grim-faced club legend, thrust into an interim management role, powerless to prevent the indignity piling up around him. There were the howls that greeted the final whistle: “Sack the board, sack the board”, “Bill Kenwright, get out of our club”, “Kenwright & Co, it’s time to go...”

Afterwards outside the ground, there was a confrontation between angry fans and Kenwright, the 76-year-old chairman whose stagey, twinkly-eyed bonhomie has become of the most infuriating elements of Everton’s ongoing struggle. “Do you know how difficult it is?” Kenwright asked the fans, but for some reason sympathy did not gush forth. “We’ve had good times!” he reminded them. “Good times!? You’ve had good times!” the fans screamed back.

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