Dyche to focus 'on the pitch', amidst Everton financial investigation
Sean Dyche vows to focus ‘on the pitch’ and won’t be distracted by investigation into alleged financial breach, as Everton prepare for Premier League relegation scrap
- Dyche has managed the 15th-placed club since replacing Lampard in January
- Everton to ‘robustly defend’ themselves after referral to commission
- EXCLUSIVE: Everton’s new £550m stadium could be delayed after PL charges
Everton manager Sean Dyche has vowed that he will not be affected by news that the club is facing an investigation over alleged financial irregularities.
The club’s hierarchy said that they will ‘robustly defend’ themselves against the charge that Everton broke the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability regulations after overspending in the 2021/22 season.
The Premier League have referred Everton to an independent commission over the alleged breach, making the Toffees the second club to be charged by the organisation over suspected breaking of their financial rules after Manchester City were hit with over 100 allegations of breaches in February.
Despite submitting them to the Premier League, Everton are yet to publish their accounts from last season, and have until Friday to do so.
Speaking ahead of Everton’s match at Goodison Park against Tottenham on Monday, Dyche was adamant that he was solely focused on his team.
Sean Dyche is focusing attention on the pitch amidst Everton’s charges of financial breaches
Off the pitch, the club has been referred to an independent commission by the Premier League
‘There is no situation at the moment. The club’s statement covers everything,’ Dyche said.
‘I’m happy to go along with that. I’m more focused on what’s going on on the pitch, quite obviously.’
As the Premier League restarts after the international break, Everton are battling against relegation.
Currently sitting 15th in the table, Dyche’s side are only two points above the relegation zone, but teams in 18th and 19th place – West Ham and Bournemouth – have games in hand over the Merseyside club.
The former Burnley manager was appointed in January after the club took action and sacked Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
His early tenure has seen some stability restored, with wins coming against Leeds and Brentford, and draws against Chelsea and Nottingham Forest, but Everton’s place in the Premier League next will be hard-won.
Everton went into the international break on a high after snatching a point at Stamford Bridge
Dyche continued: ‘The club have assured me the statement is correct and the rest of it will come down to the powers that be to do what they have to do.
‘At the minute we are really focusing on what is going on now. Of course there are background views on the future but I’m working with the squad now, working to get more points and to make sure we get what we all want, which is to be in the Premier League.’
As well as potentially impacting Everton season, the charges levelled against the club could also affect the building of their new £550million stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
With the project only halfway completed, external funding is required to ensure the project is completed, and potential partners such as New York-based investment firm MSP Sports Capital could be deterred from investing should the club encounter sanctions such as points deductions, a transfer ban, or greater spending restrictions.
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