April 13, 2024

As Leicester City’s window for formally filing a compensation claim closes, four Premier League managers have weighed in on the Everton situation.

As Everton was fined 10 Premier League points for violating profit and sustainability regulations, it appears that City will file a claim against them. The fact that Leicester was demoted the previous season was seen to have given them a sporting advantage.

The managers of Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest, Burnley, and Wolves have discussed the Everton position in advance of this weekend’s round of games.

Paul Heckingbottom – Sheff Utd

“I think it’s opened the door to other sanctions, we can’t just have one team punished, we need more if there’s been breaches.

“We suffered last season from that (a transfer embargo) and I think, me being a football fan I think it’s only right. The rules are out there for a reason, otherwise what’s the point.

“From Everton’s point of view, they’re going to feel hard done to because they are the first and it’s the biggest punishment we’ve had in the Premier League so that will only be seen as justifiable if others follow suit, with bigger punishments potentially, so it’s opened up all sorts.”

Steve Cooper – Nottingham Forest

“I can’t really comment on how it happened and the process of the decision – that’s not my bag at all. But we play them soon, and my first thought was of how it is going to be an even tougher game now.

“We are focused on this weekend first, but when that game comes around it is going to add to the challenge of playing against them. We will have to be ready for that.”

Vincent Kompany – Burnley

“There’s discussions at Premier League level and board level but for one second it’s not been on my mind. I don’t think it is for me to make a judgement on this. I need to focus on the team and getting rewards and turning performances into results.

“Like I say I’m aware so not going to pretend I’m not aware, but it’s none of my concern. It’s not my job and it’s not my task. My task is way too important for me to get distracted by this, we are talking politics here and board-level discussions.

“My absolute priority is on just keeping this team in this league. Showing everyone we can belong here, we can be a good team in this league. None of my attention towards that case will actually help what we need to achieve.”

Gary O’Neil – Wolves

“It’s really difficult for me to give you an accurate answer on it. I don’t want any of the teams deducted points, I feel for them. You want everyone to have a fair crack at the season.

“Everton have moved 10 points below us but that doesn’t make me feel any better about it. I’m sure they’ll reach a conclusion that’s fair for everybody.

“My only feeling is disappointment for Everton, the fans, the players and Sean [Dyche]. I’m sure they’ll pull together to make sure they have a good season”.

 

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