Everton chairman Bill Kenwright
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Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright is recovering from cancer surgery.

The 78 year old had a tumour removed from his liver six weeks ago, after being diagnosed with cancer of the liver back in August.

A statement on the club’s website read, “Mr Kenwright underwent a major medical procedure six weeks ago to remove a cancerous tumour from his liver.

“The procedure was completely successful, but complications during surgery necessitated a prolonged period in an intensive care unit.

“Mr Kenwright is now out of intensive care and has left hospital. He has returned home to continue his recovery which is expected to be lengthy, but complete.”


Evertonians react to the news of Bill Kenwrights surgery.
Evertonians react to the news of Bill Kenwrights surgery.

Fan reaction on social media remains broadly positive, with well-wishers hoping for a timely recovery.

Comments taken from an EFC fan page include, “Prayers for a successful recovery”. “Wish him all the best in his recovery, hopefully all fans keep it respectful”. “Speedy recovery Bill”. “No matter what we think of him, he’s still a blue, wishing a speedy recovery Bill”.

According to the club statement, Kenwright has continued to fulfil his duties as Chairman right up until surgery, working alongside Moshiri on the proposed takeover by 777 Partners and supporting Kevin Thelwell on transfer activity.”

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Kenwright, formerly a West-End film theatre producer and film maker, has been a member of the Everton board since 1989. He rose to deputy chairman in 1999, before taking over as chairman of the club in 2004.

He was born and raised in Liverpool, and many Evertonians have praised him for maintaining the identity of the club over the past 19 years.

Everton FC and Kenwright hope members of the public will respect his privacy as he recovers from the surgery.