Everton had enjoyed little to cheer about in recent years, before a stark upturn in form threatened to change things.
At last the fanbase was enjoying their football again, having won six of their last nine, knowing that their side could compete with most others in the Premier League. As such, relegation seemed an afterthought for the first time in over two years.
However, as is often the case with things associated with the Toffees, that positivity was short-lived.
Having been found guilty of breaching the division’s profit and sustainability rules, the independent commission saw fit to deduct ten points from Everton despite ruling that no sporting advantage had been gained.
Naturally, the club outlined their intention to appeal immediately.
Now, journalist Miguel Delaney has revealed what he has heard from within the club, writing for The Independent.
First detailing the ‘severe grievance’ felt by the Merseyside outfit, he would write: ‘Sources connected to Everton also feel that the number of points will come down on appeal.’
Who could sue Everton?
Due to the supposed advantage gained by overspending by a meagre £19m, there are a number of clubs seeking to outline their own grievances, having gone down in the place of the Toffees.
In fact, in a separate article, The Independent outlines those who might make the move, with Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Southampton, Burnley and Leeds United all who feel they have ‘potential claims’.
It is noted that the latter two boast the strongest claims, given they would have stayed up had the ten-point deduction been enforced in previous seasons.
A separate report actually details how much they would seek to gain, with The Daily Mail focusing on the Clarets, the Whites and the Foxes’ claims.
They seek to amass a total of £300m given Everton have now been found guilty, £100m each.
This could prove catastrophic for a club already financially hamstrung as it is.