May 18, 2024

BBC reporter Phil McNulty jokes about “certain doom” in the wake of Everton’s latest point deduction decision.

Journalist Phil McNulty of BBC Sport joked that he has sent Everton to “almost certain doom” after predicting they would survive even if they were given a 12-point deduction.


The Toffees’ 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday (November 11) lifted them eight points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.


However, the threat of a big points deduction continues to hang over the club as they await a verdict on their ongoing case into alleged financial breaches.


Asked if he believes Everton will be safe even if docked 12 points, McNulty told BBC Sport‘s live blog [13 November, 11:13]: “First things first – Everton deny these charges and have defended their case robustly.


“I will make a bold claim here and one that probably condemns Everton to almost certain doom. Everton will still stay up even if they have 12 points taken off them. There. I’ve said it.”


A few weeks ago when news first emerged via The Telegraph of a possible 12-point deduction, Everton looked in a whole world of bother.


Sean Dyche’s side were badly struggling for form at that point, and could consider themselves lucky to even get to zero points for the season if indeed hit with the maximum punishment.


Since then, though, they have collected seven points from the past nine on offer and are now looking up the division rather than behind them.


Still, it is best not to get overconfident while this case is still ongoing. If – and it is a big if – Everton are 12 points worse off come the new year, the pressure will be on at that point.


For now, all the players can do is just keep this positive run of form going and hope that the previous talk of relegation is now firmly in the past.

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