The chair of Everton’s Fan Advisory Board has stepped down. Jazz Bal was appointed to lead the steering group following its inception in 2021 and put questions to majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri in January.
But a statement from the FAB on Thursday confirmed that he has left the role owing to it being ‘no longer compatible’ with work and family commitments.
“The Fan Advisory Board is extremely sorry to lose the services and the invaluable input of Jazz Bal, who resigned as Chair last night,” read the statement.
“After several years on the Everton Fans’ Forum and 14 months on the FAB, the workload is such that is no longer compatible with his own work and his family commitments and he has decided to step down.
“The FAB is grateful for the enormous contribution he has made in ensuring that Everton was the first Premier League club to have a fully functioning Fan Advisory Board.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jazz for all the work he has done on the FAB and wish him all the best for the future.
“Our former vice-chair, Dave Kelly, has taken on the role of interim chair and, in the coming days, we will provide an update on our plans for the open position on the FAB created by Jazz’s departure.”
Bal has since provided further explanation about his decision to step down from the position of chair in a message to Evertonians on social media.
He said: “After three years on the Everton Fans’ Forum and 14 months on the Everton Fan Advisory Board, I’m pretty burnt out.
“Thanks to all who voted for me, and supported me, over the past four years.
“Please remember, members of fan groups, organisations and club are volunteers who all want a better Everton.”