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Everton: Bill Kenwright speaks to fans outside Goodison Park following protests after Villa loss

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Everton fans stayed inside Goodison Park to protest against the club’s board after their 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Merseyside outfit, who parted company with Rafa Benitez last weekend, slumped to their 11th loss of the season as a result of Emi Buendia’s header on the stroke of half-time.

It has been a miserable campaign for them so far, with Toffees supporters pointing the finger at both owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright for their struggles on the pitch.

While they got behind caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson and his team during their latest defeat, the Goodison faithful stayed behind long after the match had finished to make their displeasure known.

Banners reading ‘Sack the board’, ‘Kenwright & co it’s time to go’, ‘the fans expect the best’ and ‘no communication, no plan, no vision’ were held aloft in the home end as Everton fans called for an upheaval.

They also confronted Kenwright as he left the ground on Saturday, asking him to leave the club and explain their dismal campaign so far – which has left five points above the relegation zone.

In footage shared on Twitter, the 76-year-old listens to fans as they voice their concerns before saying: ‘I want to help’.

However, former Toffees defender Joleon Lescott is confused as to why he is being targeted, insisting the chairman now has a reduced influence at Goodison.

‘It felt a little bit harsh to me,’ Lescott said on BT Sport.

‘Bill Kenwright was in control, he then felt he took the club as far as he could, passed it over to someone who was willing to spend and develop the stadium and put money into players.

‘He still doesn’t have the responsibility that he had before, so I don’t know why the attention’s directed at him.

‘I understand the frustration of the lack of clarity and communication between fans and board, but directed towards Bill Kenwright I’m a little bit confused.’

Lescott then added: ‘The frustration of the fans, I get it. But I think that comes back to the patience element of it from the people that are making the decisions in regards to spending the money.

‘The owner’s obviously putting the money in, which is fine and it’s been great, but there needs to be a structure and a clear vision, but also then a patience to that.’