February 29, 2024

Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker evaluate Sean Dyche’s work at Everton.
Now that Everton is converting performances into wins, Sean Dyche’s efforts are being acknowledged, and former attackers Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer are among his most recent supporters.

Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer have praised Sean Dyche for the work he is doing this season – the latter calling the manager “the perfect man to have” at Everton.

The Blues enter the third international break of the season eight points ahead of the Premier League relegation places in 14th. In fact, Dyche’s men are closer to Newcastle United in seventh – the league’s final European qualification spot – than they are to the drop after 12 matches.

Gary Lineker

It comes off the back of a fourth win in seven matches for this revitalised Everton team, in which they overcame Crystal Palace to win 3-2 in the dying minutes at Selhurst Park.

Turning to the subject on the latest edition of The Rest is Football podcast, former Goodison Park hero Lineker began: “Everton are on a roll – looking promising, isn’t it? It’s his own style. Tough to beat, getting the ball forward.”

Shearer and other co-host Micah Richards agreed. “Got them playing, he has,” said the former, while the latter explained: “We expected this though, didn’t we? When he regrouped and got all of the players back.”

“Well you know he knows what he’s doing, he’s a trusted pair of hands at the helm there. I always like his interviews,” Lineker replied before mimicking the Blues manager’s deep, gravelly voice.

Shearer continued: “He’s been there before, nothing panics him and when it’s not going well he was still calm, telling everyone else to relax.

“Given the situation Everton Football Club are in and have been for a while, he’s the perfect man to have in there. He just calms everything and he’s got them playing.

“As you [Lineker] said they’re tough to beat, very direct, but they’re also playing some decent football. It was another good result for them.”

Everton must wait to attempt to continue their improved vein of form due to the international break halting the Premier League, though afterwards they first welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park. This marks the start of the gruelling, longest stint of the season from November to the next international break in March, so points are going to become crucial as time moves on.

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