In what has been a season of discontent for Everton supporters, results on the pitch have frustrated fans almost as much as developments off it.


Dreams of success rest on progress in the FA Cup, and a 2-1 victory over Fulham in the fourth round offered a ray of hope, as headed goals by Denis Stracqualursi and Marouane Fellaini sent Everton through after they came from behind to win at Goodison Park.


However, little else inspires cheer for Blues supporters as they have grown weary of the absence of investment , which has resulted in fans watching their club slipping further behind their rivals.


Currently, Everton sit 14th in the Premier League table, and a lack of firepower has led to them losing five home games already this season.


With Everton seemingly in financial dire straits and under

pressure from bankers to ease their debts, fans have been

driven to protest against a perceived lack of ambition by the

board of directors.


A pressure group known as 'The Blue Union' has staged

several marches around Goodison, carrying with them a

banner asking one thing of Chairman Bill Kenwright: “If

You Love the Club Set it Free."


At least they can enjoy the feeling of having signed a new player.


When Darron Gibson joined Everton after spending eight years

at Manchester United, his arrival was a departure from the

normal goings-on at Everton during the transfer window.


But then, for the Toffees, signing even one player is a departure

from the norm these days.


The club’s lack of funds has crippled any potential progress

and fans are more used to seeing players leaving the club

rather than joining it.


Normality was restored after Russian winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov completed his move to Spartak Moscow, for a fee said to be in the region of £5 million - half of what Everton paid for him in 2009.


Many fear he won’t be the last player to leave, with fan favourites like Steven Pienaar and Mikel Arteta being sold with no permanent replacements coming in.


Worry now permeates Goodison Park, with no sign of significant change in the offing as Everton have been unable to attract new owners or inward investment.


A good FA Cup run may paper over the cracks for now, but Everton manager David Moyes knows that it will take more than another trip to Wembley to give his side the impetus it badly requires.

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Everton's financial plight has fans restless

By Paul McIntyre, JMU Journalism Sport

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Kenwright and Moyes have had to manage on a shoestring budget

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