Football agent Kia Joorabchian has slammed Jamie Carragher after the Sky pundit claimed he had an ‘unhealthy relationship’ with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri.
The Toffees sacked Frank Lampard earlier this week, with the club sitting 19th in the table and the club’s deeply unpopular board – including Moshiri – have faced significant criticism and fan protests over recent months.
Carragher had discussed the issue on Monday Night Football, claiming Everton are ‘the worst run club in the country’ and insisted Moshiri’s relationship with Joorabchian had ’caused a lot of problems’ at the club.
Kia Joorabchian (left) has slammed Jamie Carragher after the Sky Sports pundit Sky pundit claimed the agent had an ‘unhealthy relationship’ with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri (right)
However, the agent hit back at these claims on Wednesday and launched a tirade against Carragher, while detailing all of his involvements with the club.
Speaking to talkSPORT about Carragher’s comments, Joorabchian said: ‘When Simon (Jordan) says something I respect it because he’s an educated person.’
Referencing the 2018 incident where Carragher spat at a car, which contained a 14-year-old girl, he added: ‘[He is] unlike someone like Jamie Carragher who unfortunately lives in a glass house, spits out of car windows and has no education in terms of his background when he makes a comment.
‘I’ve done three transfers of my players (to Everton) over the course of Farhad’s tenure at Everton.
‘Richarlison, who was very successful. The free transfer of Bernard from Shakhtar, and again he was a player who wasn’t a complete disaster and he did very well.
Carragher had insisted that Joorabchian’s influence had ’caused a lot of problems’ at the club
The sacking of Frank Lampard means Everton are looking for a sixth permanent boss in five years
‘We had Carlo Ancelotti which was the only manager they’ve taken (from my clients) as a recommendation and we always do the same with every club in the Premier League if they’re looking for a manager – we always present our client.
‘We were also involved in the El-Ghazi loan which was part of the Lucas Digne transfer and an FFP scenario and unfortunately that didn’t work out due to the change of manager and he wasn’t in the new manager’s plans.’
Joorabchian went on to further lambast Carragher’s position as a pundit and again rejected the claim he had an unhealthy role at the club – insisting he had pushed an alternative candidate to Lampard before he was appointed last January.
He added: ‘I have been busier in other clubs. Last year I recommended Vitor Pereira and they wanted Lampard and that was very much a board decision.
The agent hit back and then went on to list his involvements in only three transfers to Everton
He said the hugely popular former Everton star Richarlison was one of the three deals
‘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.
‘In the summer we offered them many players but they turned them all down. Tarkowski, Coady, Maupay, McNeil and the list goes on. All the loans and all the signings they did were done purely by them – we didn’t have any involvement whatsoever.’
Joorabchian also revealed he proposed Vitor Pereira as manager but the board chose Lampard
When questioned if he’s been much busier with other clubs, the agent confirmed he had been and then reeled off a list of players he had offered to Everton but were rejected by the club.
He added: ‘We speak to all the owners, I speak to quite a few club owners [in the Premier League], but the point is, 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. So we can’t be that influential.
‘In the past we offered Bruno Guimaraes for £16m when he was leaving Athletico Paranaense. They didn’t like him and went for (Jean-Philippe) Gbamin.
‘Diego Carlos was offered at £11m before he went to Sevilla and he’s now ended up at Aston Villa.
‘We offered (Real Madrid defender) Eder Militao when he was leaving Sao Paulo.’
Joorabchian said the only Everton managerial appointment he had a role in was Carlo Ancelotti
Everton are languishing in 19th place, having won just three Premier League games all season
Carragher had revealed on Monday how he expected to be called by Joorabchian after his comments.
The former Liverpool defender had said: ‘I said on this program six to 12 months ago Everton are the worst run club in the country, and it wasn’t a flippant remark – I believed it.
‘I’m not saying that as an ex-Liverpool player, I’m saying that as an ex-Everton fan.
‘You start with the owner, Farhad Moshiri, he doesn’t know what he’s doing but he’s got a lot of money. He’s put a lot of money in.
‘He’s got a very unhealthy relationship with Kia Joorabchian, and that partnership has caused a lot of problems at Everton. Players coming in, managers getting changed left, right and centre. Why does every Everton manager fail? Why?’
Everton are currently 19th in the table with just three wins and 15 points from 20 games this season.
Sportsmail reported how Marcelo Bielsa is the No. 1 choice to replace Lampard, but the former Leeds boss is seeking reassurances before taking the role.