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Everton chairman Bill Kenwright's classy gesture as Toffees prepare to welcome back fans

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has donated his two directors’ box seats to fans for the club’s remaining Premier League home games in 2020.

Two thousand season-ticket holders will attend Everton ’s home game against Chelsea on Saturday as a limited number of fans are allowed back into Goodison Park for the first time since March.

Kenwright told the club’s official website that the empty stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic had left him with “a consistent feeling of sadness”.

“Hopefully this period is coming to an end and we can soon be fully back to enjoying matches played as they should be – with all of us together,” he said.

“Now though, and as a small number of fans are to be allowed back, I want to make this gesture.

“While it will be a different experience for the 2,000 on Saturday I know they’ll all be thrilled to be back home and, to the two who get my seats, give them a cheer for me.”

Everton chairman Bull Kenwright (PA)

Fans will be chosen for the chairman’s seat and chairman’s guest seat for Chelsea’s visit and the upcoming home games against Arsenal and Manchester City via a ballot.

This weekend's encounter with the Blues sees Carlo Ancelotti take on his former club.

Surprisingly, the Italian was this week criticised by ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy - who says he never should have got the job on Merseyside.

Speaking on talkSPORT he said: "I said on here, and got a bit of stick for it, after four or five wins on the spin at the beginning that they won’t be top four and will end up roughly where they should be, which is where they are now because they aren’t defensively good enough.

“They give away too many chances, too many goals. Great on the eye going forward at the moment with James and [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin.

“They did have a couple of injuries a few of weeks ago to be fair to them, they’ve had to reshuffle it a bit and tinkered from a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 to four at the back, which actually helped them at the weekend.

“Ultimately, they are too easy to play against. They are struggling defensively.

“You are talking about the most competitive league in Europe and the likes of City, United, Chelsea, all those teams and they aren’t as good."

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