Farhad Moshiri gives Everton dose of bleak reality as time to cherish turns sour

Losing 6-0 should hurt.

It should sting. It should fester. It should trigger introspection and analysis. It should be a nadir.

And yet.

Supporters will of course digest defeats in different ways. Those in attendance to take in the 6-0 loss Everton endured at Stamford Bridge on Monday night will have their own processes.

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Seats will have been booted in that away end. Expletive rants will have been launched in WhatsApp groups overnight. Scathing social media posts have been sent.

But taking the temperature from different circles of Everton supporter base, the general feeling is one of numbness. This is a group of fans well versed in annihilations on the field, but may just have more important things to worry about.

Anger is not ideal, but apathy and what follows is arguably even worse. As things stand, the feeling of the fanbase is straying towards the latter.

It is a different shade of apathy to recent seasons. The Everton supporters know this team is not good enough. By now, with one Premier League win in 15 games, it is understandable that many think Sean Dyche is not good enough either

But the sight of Farhad Moshiri in attendance at Stamford Bridge last night thrust something bigger into perspective. Because under his tenure the football club has entered a spiral. Now it doesn't feel too hyperbolic to say, they could be on the brink of oblivion.

Two points deductions - as harsh as they may be - and a fresh set of concerning accounts expose a club that has been shamefully led off the pitch. And more chaos could be around the corner.

After the full-time whistle blew at Stamford Bridge on Monday, it was confirmed that 777 Partners - who have been waiting for approval over their takeover of the club since September - had received an extension to a deadline to pay off a loan to MSP Sports Capital.

In theory, that decision takes 777 - who have propped up the day-to-day running costs at the club with £160 million in loans - closer to taking control, with the repayment of a £158m loan to MSP one of the four conditions set out by the Premier League as part of its conditional approval.

A solution to the saga is not imminent though. Should the deal go through, Everton would be the property of a group who have accumulated more red flags than the Kop on a European night. But should the deal fail and the funding from 777 stop? Alarm, anxiety and some other words beginning with 'A' could all come quickly into focus.

The short term is bleak. So bleak that losing 6-0 - as pathetic a performance as that was - may be the least of Everton's problems at the moment. It's akin to fretting about a broken doorbell as the foundations of the house quiver and collapse.

Perhaps some would point to the structure being built at Bramley-Moore dock as a big positive and a potential catalyst for Everton to steer themselves away from the mess they are in.

But what type of team will the Blues be fielding in that incredible stadium? What type of squad and manager will we see for the last season at Goodison Park? And how on earth will a club on the bones of its backside financially pay for it?

Let's not forget, this should be a time to cherish. It should be a time to look back at Everton's history and memories at a home that has been so precious to so many. It should be the biggest and most emotional farewell party you've ever seen. There should be songs, embraces and tears. But Everton can't afford the catering or a DJ for the send off; they've accidentally burst all of the balloons and bought the wrong banners.

The fanbase should be savouring these days. Feelings and pride should be running high. And once again, they will try on Sunday to conjure something against Nottingham Forest, with pre-match plans in place to generate an atmosphere that, quite frankly, the club does not deserve.

"We will try our best to create a great visual and help lift the mood but this weekend the atmosphere is completely down to the players and manager," said the 1878s fan group on X on Tuesday. "As usual we, the fans are not giving up, we never do but there is only so much our fans can do without getting something in return. We need something back from the team and manager."

Some supporters will merely long for the days when defeats mattered as they once traditionally did. When football was the focus rather than points deductions, faltering ownership and flailing takeovers.

That type of pain we can deal with. Evertonians have got the scars to prove it.

But there is another terrifying hurt looming. One that could eventually manifest from the apathy that comes with a financial crisis. One that is seeping into the club as the days tick by.

That pain could be too much. That could be too tough to bear. Even for Evertonians.