In the NEW episode, number 258, Kyle Fansler chats with Matt Jones from The Blue Room Podcast and World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer. They discuss the impact of fan culture on soccer clubs in light of what’s happening at Everton.

When fans feel powerless against the decisions made by their own club that they’ve supported all their life, what do they do? On today’s podcast episode, we delve into the current situation at Everton and what it says about the club’s owner is on a completely different wavelength than the club’s fanbase.

Whether you’re a supporter of Everton or not, it’s something that most fans can relate to. Club owners make business decisions that are often mistake prone. But what happens when those irresponsible decisions take your club close to relegation?

In the podcast, a central figure of conversation is Kia Joorabchian, the businessman who brokered irresponsible deals with clubs all around England including Arsenal, Manchester City, QPR and West Ham United, among others.

With the season already half over, we ask what the expectations are from Everton supporters, and what can be learned. And where Everton may go from here based on the current decline.

Also discussed is the role of supporters groups and how vital it is that fans have a voice within the clubs. The controversy at the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns is covered, and how the role of fans and clubs differs between the United States and England.

The guests also discuss the effectiveness of fan protests, and whether they work to get the point across.

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