April 11, 2024

Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer have hailed the achievements of Sean Dyche in charge of Everton after the team defeated Chelsea 2-0 to continue their winning run.

The two former England strikers responded on December 11 on The Rest is Football. Shearer praised the Toffees boss’s work, calling it “brilliant,” while Lineker said that few people would have thought the team could lose 10 points and yet avoid relegation.

Everton is presently four points ahead of the bottom four after winning three of their last four games and keeping clean sheets against Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, and Chelsea. Everton was demoted to the Premier League relegation zone for a profit and sustainability violation.

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Lineker said (18m 30s): “We should definitely Sean Dyche and Everton a serious mention. If Everton hadn’t had a 10-point deduction they would be now ninth in the league, which speaks volumes for what he’s done.

“That’s three wins on the bounce now. They play his way and it’s working for them, it really is. If you’d have said at the start of the season ‘Everton during the season will get a 10-point deduction, will they stay up?’ you’d have gone ‘phwoar, really, really difficult’.”

Shearer replied: “Yeah he’s done a great job, he’s brilliant, really got them going. The crowd have reacted, everyone’s reacted in the positive way that we thought they would do, that it was going to be the mentality of ‘us against the world’, and that’s working for them at the minute.

“Sean’s doing a brilliant job.”

Credit where credit is due

This Everton side look very much how fans would have hoped when Dyche was chosen as the man to replace Frank Lampard at the start of the year, and probably even better.

The squad is still relatively thin, and there are question marks in certain areas, but after two seasons where the mentality too often seemed feeble unless roused by the home support the difference in the fight on display now is night and day.

Farhad Moshiri has made more than enough mistakes in hiring and firing managers during his time at Goodison but it looks like he got it right with what looks like being his last attempt.

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Assuming they don’t have the rug pulled out from under then again with a further punishment this side doesn’t appear to be in any danger of going down.

On current form Everton feel like they would have been genuine contenders for Europe were it not for the points deduction, which after the ordeal of the two previous campaigns is a stunning turnaround.

Dyche is rightly getting the recognition he deserves for what he has put together and fans will hope it continues for a long time yet.

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