Frustrated Everton fans will stage a protest against the club’s board during their game against Arsenal at Goodison Park on Monday night.
Anger and disappointment continued to grow among fans during a winless run that saw the Toffees slide from European places just five points above the relegation zone.
The final straw came on Wednesday night when Rafa Benitez’s side were embarrassed by their bitter home rivals Liverpool, losing 4-1 in a chaotic evening which saw director of football Marcel Brands scrambled to a heated argument with an angry fan.
Frustrated Everton fans to stage a protest against the club’s board on Monday night
Everton director of football Marcel Brands was embroiled in a heated argument with a fan on Wednesday night when the Blues were beaten 4-1 by fierce rivals Liverpool at home.
There were also chants of ‘sack the board’ towards the end of the match and full time, as another supporter entered the pitch after the final whistle to protest directly with the players Anthony Gordon, Seamus Coleman and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
A number of Everton fan groups have now gathered to collectively announce their intention to protest in the club’s next game, with a mass walkout expected in the 27th minute.
Everton will have gone 27 years without a trophy in May next year, assuming they fail to lift the FA Cup this season.
A fan has taken to the pitch full-time as he remonstrates with Anthony Gordon (left), Seamus Coleman (hidden) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (right)
Many fans had long left the Merseyside derby ahead of the full-time whistle on Wednesday
A statement shared on social media read: “27 years without a trophy is unacceptable.
“Show your feet for 27 minutes in the game against Arsenal on Monday night and get out of your seat.
“Let’s show that the incompetence at the top of Everton Football Club cannot continue.
A statement was shared on social media calling for Everton to quit his game against Arsenal in the 27th minute to represent the number of years without a trophy
It is understood that fans will be encouraged to stay away from their seats until at least the second half of the game against the Gunners, although some may choose to leave Goodison Park entirely.
Although the appointment of former Liverpool boss Benitez and the squad’s struggles since late September have sparked plans for a protest, supporters’ grievances go far beyond the club’s recent poor form on the pitch. .
Fans are frustrated by the lack of identity and leadership of owner Farhad Moshiri and his board, which still includes President Bill Kenwright – despite selling the majority of the club to the Iranian billionaire in 2016.
Fans are frustrated by the lack of identity and direction from owner Farhad Moshiri (R) and his board of directors, including Bill Kenwright (L)
The club’s muddled recruiting policy is puzzled – they’ve spent around £ 500million under Moshiri in five and a half years – confusion over Brands’ role and influence, and questions surrounding the appointment of five permanent managers in only five years.
Fans are also annoyed by the lack of clear and open communication from the club, although the team have failed to achieve Moshiri’s lofty ambition of regular Champions League football.
Although supporters express their frustration with the current club hierarchy, many issues date back decades. Everton last won a trophy in 1995 when they won the FA Cup, while their previous league title returned in 1987.
Everton’s last piece of silver was in 1995 when the Merseyside Blues won the FA Cup
There are fears things on the pitch could get worse for Benitez’s men, with games against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Leicester following Monday’s game with Mikel Arteta’s side.
On Friday night, The Mirror claimed that Kenwright, who remains an influential figure, held an emergency board meeting with Benitez’s future high on the agenda, despite Moshiri insisting that the Spaniard’s position was secure in a text message to talkSPORT’s Jim White on Thursday.
After the humiliating derby defeat, the under fire Blues boss urged his side to stick together amid their eight-game winless streak and insisted their drop in form was not due to a lack commitment.
Everton side must stick together amid eight-game winless streak, insists Rafa Benitez
The Toffees were beaten 4-1 by Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park on Wednesday
“Now is the time when we have to stand united, enter January in the best possible position,” Benitez told reporters.
“You can complain about our mistakes, the quality, things like that – but not the engagement. We have to work very hard.
“Why am I always positive? Because we did it at the start. You can’t be a bad or a good manager in a week.
Benitez called on his underperforming team to keep working hard and getting results
“When something goes wrong, it’s really important to show character and stay calm.
“That’s what I try to do with my staff. We can’t complain about the effort of the players.
“We’re really disappointed with the way things are going, but you can’t be a bad team in six weeks.
“We were doing the right things at the start of the season, winning games and what happened?
“We had injuries. I’m sure we’ll get better in the second half of the season.