Johnson has come under increasing pressure from supporters frustrated at his apparent unwillingness to give manager Howard Kendall money to bring in new players. Kendall has paid out less than pounds 5m since taking over for his third spell at the club but has only pounds 3m to spend on new players.
The former Tranmere chairman's attempts to move the club away from Goodison - their home since 1892 - and out to the Wirral have also been attacked by many fans. At the recent Merseyside derby, more than 20,000 leaflets were handed out, declaring in time-honoured fashion: "Johnson must go" as well as "we won't stop until this man is out".
Johnson, who made his money selling food hampers, bought Everton in 1994 and had grand plans to turn the club into a major force again but the side has underachieved since the FA Cup final victory over Manchester United in his first season in charge.
Since then, Johnson has sacked one manager, Mike Walker, and seen another, Joe Royle, resign, while his pursuit of Bobby Robson last summer and attempts to attract Andy Gray this summer came to nothing.Reuse content