On Wednesday, 13 July the 27 Campaign issued an open letter addressed to Farhad Moshiri to many media contacts. The contents were embargoed until 0900 BST Friday 15 July – the time of this article.
The open letter to Farhad Moshiri reads as follows:
15 July 2022
Dear Mr Moshiri,
Since December of last year, the 27 Campaign has respectfully requested that you Engage, Listen, and Act with regards to many fans’ concerns as to the running of our club.
Along with all Evertonians, we recognised the need to support the club as the relegation threat increased last season. As acknowledged extensively by the manager Frank Lampard & our team, yet only briefly by yourself in your open letter of the 8th June, the support and actions of the fans contributed enormously to our Premier League survival.
When news broke of a possible takeover, the 27 Campaign delayed sending a reply to your open letter in the belief that a takeover was the best outcome for you and the club.
However, we have to ask you to address the fans as to your plans regarding the ownership of the club, the management of the club and how it solves the obvious deficiencies of last season and recent years.
Belatedly football is waking up to the idea that fans are the true custodians of their clubs. More importantly and specifically, the actions of Everton fans at the end of last season prove beyond doubt our role in helping determine the club’s future.
We have to be direct with you and say that your and your board’s response to the fans is inadequate and shows a lack of respect. The 27 Campaign has publicly asked that you Listen, Engage and Act but has had no response or acknowledgement from you.
This cannot continue. Whilst all Evertonians will continue to back Frank Lampard and the team to the hilt, we must demand more from you and we will highlight your lack of engagement and the continued poor management of the club in the run up to the new season.
Enough is enough Mr Moshiri, respond, explain the possible change of ownership, your plans for the club, the changes to the running of the club that is desperately needed. Do not reject the pleas from those fans who wish for a better football club, one consistent with our club motto, Nil Satis Nisi Optimum
The 27 Campaign
On the evening of Thursday 14 July, remarkably, Farhad Moshiri issued a statement through the club which can be read here
The contents of his statement in no way reduces the validity of the concerns raised in the open letter.
The 27 Campaign will continue to call upon Farhad Moshiri to consider how he can more effectively Listen Engage and Act.
Most importantly the Campaign will continue to ask him to make the changes necessary at board and executive level, pressing for greater accountability, clarity and direction.
The club is our club, the fans are the true custodians, we deserve better.
27 club is that the total sum of games you lot have been too if moshri was to say see yea build your own ground we.ll.be left with the biggest sponge an fraud in efc history kenwright so get real an see what this new season with a dynamic young manager brings before you drive out the clubs main money man.
So, it now becomes clear that Moshiri’s wholly inadequate ‘letter to the supporters’ was in fact an attempt to answer this letter to him from the 27 years campaign. How predictable, and yet, how totally disappointing . My initial reaction is that his letter will do more harm than good, so dismissive that it is. Depressing.
Ive supported Everton Football Club since 1966 & a season ticket holder for over 35 years. I have seen the ups & the downs for our wonderful club over that period of time. But for the life of me I have never heard of this group of people in my life. I would like to know the following information. Who are the 27 Campaign group? Are they based in Liverpool? How many members do they have?
Roy Irlam I was thinking exactly the same myself! I found Mr Moshiris letter very informative and clear in his intentions! Whereas the 27 Campaign open letter was, to me, ill informed and a bit arrogant! The days of what the fan paid at the gate helped run the club where over decades ago! Money from the turnstiles do not amount to much in the greater scheme of things! I’m sure Mr Moshiri realises he has made mistakes, but he has also took us forward as in respect of getting a new stadium off the ground! Personally I’m happy to see where the club is now heading. EFCs biggest problem is the negativity of some supporters! The club has been badly run since well before Mr Moshiri’s arrival, and even Mr Kenrights too! Now is the time for all to pull together and recover the club to its original standing!
Keep it up Paul, thousands of evertonians are behind you.