By Noel Whelan

14th Jun, 2022 | 8:44am

Farhad Moshiri told to 'keep your mouth shut' as Everton fans hailed after statement - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested Everton chief Farhad Moshiri should have “kept his mouth shut” after issuing an apology to fans for the 2021/22 campaign.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heralded the Goodison Park faithful for their vital contribution in ensuring the Toffees remained in the Premier League for next season.

In an open letter issued last Wednesday (8 June), Moshiri apologised for the “mistakes made” by the board and insisted the club must “repay the support” shown by the fans.

Whelan insisted the supporters “have to take a lot of credit” for Everton’s successful survival push at the end of the recently-concluded campaign.

However, he suggested Moshiri may have been better off remaining quiet rather than bringing up the past.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “One of the reasons why Everton did stay up was not because of performances on the field but the fans that dragged out the performances from the players, quite frankly.

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“Very much like Leeds United fans, just pushing them over the line when they were deep in it. I think they’ve got a lot of credit to take for the survival of Everton, as have Leeds United fans.

“Sometimes it’s always nice to get a little bit of apology back and a bit of thanks for your support throughout the whole season.

“Sometimes it’s better when you’ve stayed up at the end of the season to keep your mouth shut. Just let the fact that people are still in the joyous mood of staying up.”

Everton finished 16th in the Premier League table, four points off safety.

They won three of their final six games to retain their top-flight status.

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