Jamie Carragher slams Everton over Anthony Gordon sale to Newcastle

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Jamie Carragher believes Everton’s decision to sell Anthony Gordon to Newcastle showed ‘an epic failure of leadership’ and they are ‘the worst run club in the country.’

Gordon, 21, completed his £40million move to St James’ Park earlier this week after handing in a transfer request at Goodison Park.

It rounded off a tumultuous month at Everton, who are second bottom in the Premier League, with Frank Lampard sacked as manager and replaced by Sean Dyche amid a backdrop of fan anger.

To compound matters, Everton were unable to bring any players in during January to aid their fight against relegation.

‘Everton are an absolute mess. Every time it looks like they have sunk to their lowest point, they somehow find a way to showcase another level of ineptitude,’ Carragher wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

‘To sell one of their few assets, Anthony Gordon, to Newcastle United for £40million without an immediate replacement lined up is an epic failure of leadership from the top, impacting on transfer strategy.

‘It would be incomprehensible at the best of times. If the club was in mid-table pushing towards the top six you would scarcely believe they would self-inflict such damage to their ambitions.

‘To do that when the team is 19th and in dire need of quality to avoid relegation defies belief.’

Former Liverpool defender Carragher said majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and executives Bill Kenwright and Denise Barrett-Baxendale should offer a ‘full and frank explanation’ into how Everton have emerged from the window weaker.

The supporter anger which has been vented in several protests against the club’s ownership at recent games is expected to boil over again at this Saturday’s home game with Arsenal.

‘I called them the worst-run club in the country on Monday Night Football 10 days ago. Some people disagreed. I have been proven right,’ Carragher added.

‘There will be no hiding place when the fans gather at Goodison Park on Saturday demanding answers.’

Dyche, who was latterly Burnley manager, is a ‘good appointment’, according to Carragher, though his hand has been weakened by Gordon’s departure and an absence of new recruits.

‘Dyche will give the supporters what they demand with a team in his image; hard-working, no-nonsense, trying to simplify the game to maximise the full potential of the squad,’ Carragher said.

‘Some managers can be unfairly branded because there is nothing exotic about them and what you see is what you get. Dyche comes into that category.

‘He deserves respect for his amazing work at Burnley and there was no-one available better equipped than him to get Everton out of trouble.’

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