Sean Dyche breaks silence on Everton’s ten-point Premier League deduction

The Toffees have been plunged into the relegation zone.

Sean Dyche breaks silence on Everton’s ten-point Premier League deduction
Sean Dyche, Manager of Everton, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Everton FC at Bramall Lane.
Dyche’s side have slipped into the relegation zone (Picture: Getty)

Sean Dyche was left shocked by Everton’s ‘unjust’ ten-point deduction but has challenged his players to rise to the challenge and stave off the threat of relegation.  

The Merseyside club was referred to a commission in March by the Premier League for an alleged breach of its profitability and sustainability rules in the period ending in the 2021-22 season.

The rules allow clubs to lose a maximum of £105million over three years or face sanctions, with a commission ruling Everton were £19.5m beyond that limit.

Everton have dropped into the relegation zone as a result of the punishment, but Dyche has said it won’t affect the focus of his squad who have lost just one of their last four league games.

‘Everyone around these parts was shocked,’ Dyche at a press conference said when asked about his initial reaction to the ban. ‘Obviously, we’re going to feel aggrieved by it doesn’t change the focus.

‘The focus since I got here has been on the pitch; getting the team to win and feel different and we were obviously on the right lines before the deduction, so this has just given us the push backwards to come forwards again.

‘The job hasn’t changed for me, but it just makes it more difficult in the current circumstances.’

Abdoulaye Douceur of Everton applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton FC at Selhurst Park.
Everton had been on a good run of form before the international break (Picture: Getty)

Dyche echoed the board’s sentiments on the commission’s recommendations but wants to ensure his players don’t let the chatter surrounding the verdict consume their thoughts.

‘I believe in what the club put forward,’ he added. ‘The fact that it is disproportionate – it feels like it’s unjust – and there are plenty of voices who feel the same way.

‘But my clear message to the players has been let’s take it one. There have been plenty of challenges since I’ve been here so let’s take it on.’

Everton have the chance to move out of the bottom three straight away when they host Manchester United on Sunday at Goodison Park.

The game will come too soon for Amadou Onana who continues to struggle with a calf strain, while Seamus Coleman is also nearing a first-team return having come through an U21-game during the international break.

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