By Noel Whelan

4th Dec, 2021 | 6:00pm

Everton dressing room will be furious after 'surprising' Moshiri reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted the Everton dressing room will be furious after owner Farhad Moshiri publicly backed Rafael Benitez via talkSPORT.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 66-year-old’s radio reveal was “a little bit strange”.

Moshiri sent a message of support for Benitez to talkSPORT presenter Jim White on Thursday (2 December) after the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool.

The Everton owner insisted the club’s “underperformance” is “largely down to the injuries”.

Whelan suggested Moshiri’s method of communication would not go down well at Goodison.

“I’m not sure whether that’s been done by any other club before, going through a radio station,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

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“Generally, that’s an in-house statement from the club to the press. It’s very surprising to see him coming out and speaking in that manner.

“I’m not sure Rafa Benitez, the fans, or the players will appreciate how Moshiri has dealt with the situation. Messages like that have got to come from the appropriate channels.

“I felt that it was a little bit strange, but there are a lot of things not going right at Everton right now.

“That just piles on a bit more pressure on the club and the decision-makers.”

Moshiri’s statement comes after Football Insider revealed (1 December) that Benitez wants to take control of recruitment going into the winter window.

This site also revealed (3 December) that director of football Marcel Brands is now increasingly likely to lose his job after a power struggle behind the scenes at Everton.

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