Via the Echo:
Everton kit failed quality control
EVERTON had to shelve the launch of the club’s new kit because the first batch was not good enough.
The ECHO understands strip manufacturer Umbro decided to pull the original set of shirts after suffering problems with its producers in the Far East.
The firm is said to have cut its workforce back after a big fall in demand for its England shirts after the home nation failed to qualify for this summer’s European championships.
It is understood there were subsequent quality problems with kits produced for Everton and two other Premier League clubs.
The Blues postponed the launch of its 2008-09 strip until this Thursday earlier this month, for reasons the club described as being beyond its control.
Fans reacted angrily when the original July 10 launch date was put back, pointing out that Liverpool’s new kit has been on sale for some time.
Today, Umbro would not comment specifically on the quality of the first batch of Everton strips, although the club promised fans that kits going on sale this Thursday would be “of the highest possible standard”.
An Umbro spokesman said: “The Everton kit delay was due to logistical issues in the Far East.
Shortage of child slave labour to make them…?