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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Dyche hopeful second Everton PSR hearing ‘comes to nothing’

Sean Dyche is hopeful Everton’s hearing over a second breach of the Premier League’s financial rules will come to nothing, as the Toffees look to avoid another points deduction.

Everton were hit with a 10-point deduction last November after being found to have breached the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules during the assessment period ending in 2021-22, exceeding the maximum allowed loss of £105million by £19.5m.

That penalty was later reduced to six points on appeal but they remain in the thick of the relegation battle, just four points clear of 18th-placed Nottingham Forest – who were also deducted four points last week.

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Everton have also been charged with breaching the rules for a second time in the four-year period running to the end of 2022-23, with a hearing to determine their punishment taking place this week.

The Toffees expect to hear the outcome of that hearing in early April, and Dyche is simply hoping the club avoid another sporting penalty.

Asked about the hearing ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth, Dyche said: “The last one jolted football so we’re just waiting now.

“From our point of view, we can only give the appropriate information. We hope they can see accordingly what the club’s been trying to do. We hope it comes to nothing.

“We’ve dealt with it before really well. It’s an experience nobody wants but it’s the reality. The players don’t seem affected at this time so we will see what it brings.”

On the difference between the punishments handed to Everton and Forest, Dyche added: “I don’t know the minutiae of our own, let alone theirs.

“Everyone is wondering how that works but there is so much that goes into it. In its simplest form everyone is going, ‘how does that work out?'”

Everton have not played since losing 2-0 to Manchester United on March 9, and they jetted off to Portugal for a warm-weather training camp prior to the international break.

During that camp, reports claimed Dyche sparked a bust-up during a team dinner by slapping defender Nathan Patterson, but he says the incident has been blown out of proportion.

“It’s the old saying, never let the truth get in the way of a good story. There was nothing in it really. It was a joke gone awry,” Dyche said.

“I tapped him on the head like an older brother would and he didn’t get the joke. It’s really that simple.

“Of course, that wouldn’t have sold so everyone has to add layers and layers and layers to it, but that was it.”

Harry Carr
Harry Carr
Harry is a freelance sports journalist with experience of working for the Racing Post, Stats Perform, Opta Analyst and more, covering major events across all sports but holding a particular love for the beautiful game.


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