May 21, 2024

Everton recently experienced the wrath of the Premier League after being docked ten points for noncompliance with Financial Fair Play regulations. All of Sean Dyche’s hard work over the last month or so was undone by the deduction, which dropped them back into the relegation zone and two points outside of safety. The former Burnley manager needs to just pick up where he left off and steer the Toffees back toward safety when they return from the international break.

However, the off-field scandal doesn’t end there. TalkSPORT host Mark Goldbridge expressed his frustration, saying that Everton is involved in yet another Premier League dispute.

Goldbridge criticises “ridiculous” Everton decision

The Premier League really never stops delivering drama, particularly after Everton’s point deduction amid the ongoing investigation into Manchester City. On top of that, however, clubs have voted for and against transfers between related-party clubs. A ban on such transfers would leave the likes of Chelsea unable to deal with Strasbourg and Newcastle United unable to sign players from PIF-owned clubs. Meanwhile, if 777 Partners complete their takeover of Everton, they would have been unable to deal with the likes of Genoa and Hertha Berlin.

Ultimately, those clubs need not have worried, as Everton, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Burnley voted against a loan ban, meaning that the Premier League did not receive enough votes in favor of a transfer block, according to Craig Hope of the Daily Mail.

Posting on X after learning of the decision, Goldbridge said, “Ridiculous 7 Prem clubs voted against that loan between owned clubs deal.”

Everton’s potential advantage after the vote

The vote once again brings forth the question as to whether the Premier League needs an independent regulator rather than relying on the clubs to come to a decision. In the end, clubs in favour of the transfer block were just two votes away from it taking place, yet it is the eight clubs who voted against the block that will now benefit. It came as little surprise that Everton were among those, too.

The Toffees are currently the subject of an ongoing attempted takeover by 777 Partners. 777 Partners’ portfolio includes seven other clubs and the advantage that Everton could now have is the ability to negotiate with those other clubs with far more ease, given their clear link. This could result in loan deals to and from sides such as Standard Liege and Hertha Berlin, as Dyche looks to strengthen his side.


If 777 Partners do complete their takeover of the club and it is all wrapped up by January, then Everton will certainly be an interesting side to keep an eye on when it comes to transfer activity. Those at Goodison Park could have the chance to welcome a number of reinforcements.

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