Kia Joorabchian has hit out an Jamie Carragher for his Everton outburst, calling him ‘uneducated’ during a fierce exchange with Simon Jordan.
The football agent has been on the receiving end of criticism from the Liverpool legend, who accused him of having ‘an unhealthy relationship’ with the Toffees and majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
Carragher spoke about Everton on Sky Sports on Monday night, describing them as ‘the worst run club in the country’.
He also remarked that the Toffees have made questionable signings and developed a hire-and-fire culture in recent years – most recently seeing Frank Lampard sacked as head coach – and attributed part of the blame to Joorabchian and his supposed influence behind the scenes.
That led to the agent coming out firing during an appearance on White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
Prefixing the interview, Simon Jordan gave his verdict on Joorabchian, saying: “I think that he has Moshiri’s ear. It’s up to Moshiri what he does with the information that he’s given, but I do believe Kia is quite influential with him.
“There’s nothing wrong with that, but I just don’t think the decisions he’s been making on the back of Kia’s advice, if that is the case, have been particularly good.”
Joorabchian was invited onto the show to have his right of reply, and quickly bit back at Carragher.
He said: “When Simon says something I quite respect it, because he’s an educated person, unlike someone like a Jamie Carragher who unfortunately lives in a glass house, speaks out of windows and has no education in terms of his background when he makes a comment, like Simon just did.
“That’s why I thought I’d go on and clarify this point. I’ve done three transfers of my players over the course of Farhad [Moshiri]’s tenure at Everton. Those three were Richarlison from Watford which was a very successful transfer, a free transfer of Bernard who came from Shakhtar Donetsk when his contract finished and he was a player who wasn’t a complete disaster and did very well, we had Carlo Ancelotti who was the only manager they’ve ever taken on a recommendation.
“We always do the same as we do with any club in the Premier League, every time someone needs a manager and we have a client, we always present our clients.
“Then we were involved in the Anwar El Ghazi loan which was part of the Lucas Digne transfer in an FFP scenario. Anwar came in this way and unfortunately that didn’t work out for them because there was a change of manager and when that change occurred, Anwar wasn’t in the new manager’s plans.”
Asked if he’s been busier in business done with other clubs, he said: “Correct. Much, much busier. We do a lot more work across the Premier League and have a player in almost every other Premier League club, the Championship and across Europe.
“It’s very public that last year I recommended Vitor Pereira and they went for Frank Lampard and that was very much a board decision. It was even mentioned on Sky that [Everton chairman] Bill Kenwright and [Everton CEO] Denise Barrett-Baxendale have nothing to do there.
“Jamie said that and, again, people who say things like that haven’t done their homework and misinform the public and that’s really unfair for those people.
“I know for a fact that Farhad didn’t have a sole vote on the manager last time. He created a board, Denise Barrett-Baxendale was very much involved and has been very much involved in the hiring of the sporting director there, Kevin Thelwell. He’s not one of my clients, he worked at Wolves and the MLS, I had nothing to do with it.”
Refuting his influence at the club further, Joorabchian revealed that he had recommended a list of top players to Everton in the past, but that the club ‘didn’t take our advice.
Among that list of stars were now-Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and Real Madrid centre-back Eder Militao.
“I met him one time and as we do, I offered him many players and they turned them all down,” the agent explained.
“All of the signings from the summer that they did were done purely by them and the board. We didn’t have any involvement whatsoever.”
Joorabchian added: “We speak to all the owners, but what is our job? Our job is to present what we have as a client list and say ‘this is what we have’ and Everton haven’t taken any of our advice.”
However, Simon Jordan wasn’t impressed with what had been said, responding: “I disagree with Kia’s characterisation of who makes the decisions, because the guy in the room with the money makes the decision. The board gives you advice, but the decision is made by the guy with the money.
“We know he’s in that situation and we know he brought [Rafa] Benitez in. It’s not about undue influence. Moshiri is a big boy, he can make a decision about who gives him advice and who doesn’t.
“My observation is that one of his sources about Kia’s players or decisions that he makes around football is Kia, and with that in mind I’m not suggesting that it’s undue, I’m suggesting that Kia is an influential player in the football pyramid.”
Responding to Joorabchian’s claims that Moshiri’s board are in charge of making the decisions at Everton, Jordan snapped back: “Kia, you might be positioning yourself in the conversation so that you’re everything to everyone, but when you look at that circumstance everybody knows that the decision-making process around Marco Silva was his, the decision around Benitez was his and that the Ancelotti decision was you leading him by the nose.”
Joorabchian responded: “Apologies for presenting our five-time Champions League winning, multiple winning manager…”
👀 “Carragher lives in a glass house, spits out of windows and has no education.”
🤷♂️ “I recommended Pereira, they went for Lampard. That was a board decision.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 25, 2023