Only a handful of Everton fans take part in ‘mass walkout’ in 27th minute of Premier League clash against Arsenal, with frustration growing at Goodison Park towards owner Farhad Moshiri

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  • The Toffees had a quiet summer transfer window, costing less than £2m
  • Their expenses are showing as they have lost six of their last seven matches
  • The club’s football director Marcel Brands stepped down on Sunday.

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Angry Everton fans did not take part in the planned ‘mass walkout’ during Monday’s match against Arsenal at Goodison Park.

In the 27th minute a few hundred fans briefly gave up their seats and others held up banners protesting against owner Farhad Moshiri.

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But after a brisk campaign, the majority stayed in their seats to show their support to the Toffees.

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Some fans gave up their seats briefly in the 27th minute and some put up banners in protest

Everton supporters are becoming increasingly frustrated with the way the club operates

Everton supporters are becoming increasingly frustrated with the way the club operates

Fans wanted to send Everton boss Farhad Moshiri a message after a furious campaign

Fans wanted to send Everton boss Farhad Moshiri a message after a furious campaign

Supporters’ groups had called for the walk-out following the latest development in a chaotic period for the club, when Marcel Brands, who was appointed by Moshiri as director of football in 2018, took his position with immediate effect on Sunday. Abandoned, paid a disastrous price. Recruitment mantra.

They wanted fans to give up their seats in the 27th minute to show just how deep the feelings ran.

The significance of the timing is that next May marks the 27th anniversary of Everton’s last trophy, the 1995 FA Cup.

This is the longest post-war period they have gone without silverware and on the back of collecting two points from the last 24, fans want to hear.

Pressure mounts on Rafael Benitez as Everton are without a win since September

Pressure mounts on Rafael Benitez as Everton are without a win since September

The Evertonians want change and Brands, who was confronted by an angry fan after a 4-1 ditch by Liverpool last Wednesday, was the first high-profile scalp.

Brands never supported the arrival of Rafa Benitez in the summer, and his departure was seen by Moshiri as a sign of support for his manager.

Benitez has done his best to speak diplomatically through this turmoil and will not be pulled over on video recorded after the Liverpool game, during which Brands responded to a man’s criticism about his recruiting. : ‘Is it just the players?’

However, Brands cannot argue his innocence as he did not actually do what a football director should be doing.

Everton have struggled without Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who hasn't played since August

Everton have struggled without Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who hasn’t played since August

While no attempt was made to create a playing style from top to bottom, there was a disconnect with the underperforming academy and their arrival in 2018 promised all of those things, such as finding emerging young players and the South American market. Tapping in, never realizing.

‘When you have a bad run, it’s time to get together,’ Benitez said. I don’t talk much about things outside the pitch. I don’t think it helps the team to do better. I understand the frustration of the fans. Trust me and believe me – we want to win more than anyone.’

But with injuries to key players, including leading striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Financial Fair Play rules meaning it is difficult for them to tighten enough in the January window, there are concerns Everton will be sucked into a relegation battle.

Everton have played 38 Premier League games this calendar year, scoring 48 points. This is a sequence of the last 10 bouts, however, that have raised fears, with only five points out of a possible 30.

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