February 25, 2024

Ex-Everton CEO: Points deduction may be thrown out in stunning twist

‘Listen’ – Wyness Exclusive: Everton points deduction may be thrown out in stunning twist

‘Listen’ – Wyness Exclusive: Everton points deduction may be thrown out in stunning twist

Ex-Everton chief Keith Wyness has insisted he is “hopeful” the club could have their 10-points deduction scrapped completely despite a new charge in recent days.

Speaking on the new edition of Football Insider’s Inside Track podcast, the 66-year-old – who served as CEO at Goodison Park between 2004 and 2009 and now runs a football consultancy advising elite clubs – insisted the Premier League should be made to pay the Toffees’ hefty legal fees if an appeal is successful.

Everton, alongside Nottingham Forest, were charged with breaching the league’s Profitability and Sustainability (PSR) rules on Monday (15 January).

The Merseysiders have already been punished for one breach of the same rules – receiving a 10-point deduction earlier this season in a ruling that has already been appealed by the club.

Sean Dyche’s side now face further on-field punishments or financial penalties if they are found to have breached the rules once again.

Under the current PSR rules, Premier League clubs are permitted to lose a maximum of £105million over a three-year period (£35million a season).

Wyness has insisted the league should pay Everton’s legal fees if their appeal is successful – claiming it could make them think twice before handing down “ridiculous sanctions”.

He told Football Insider: “There’s been talk about the punishment coming down to six points.

“But listen, if the appeal is successful – there won’t be any deduction at all.

“Both sanctions could be lifted, and that’s what I’m hopeful for.

 

“But if that’s the case it will mean Everton may again have a big problem with spending, because they’ve spent a lot on lawyers.

“That’s a ridiculous expense, and maybe if there is success there is a case to make the Premier League pay those fees.

“Maybe they’d think twice before handing out such ridiculous sanctions.”

 

 

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