Sean Dyche is currently facing mounting pressure and the possibility of his successor at Goodison Park has been a topic of discussion among football pundits, writes the FFC. Dyche assumed the managerial role at Everton in January, following the dismissal of Frank Lampard, but his tenure has thus far failed to produce significant results.
While Dyche did manage to steer the Blues clear of relegation from the Premier League with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on the final day of the previous season, it was widely believed that Everton should not have found themselves in a relegation battle in the first place. The current season has begun on a similarly disappointing note, with three defeats and one draw in the league, including back-to-back losses at home. The upcoming match against Arsenal at Goodison Park looms as a daunting challenge on the horizon.
Though Dyche’s position does not seem to be immediately threatened, continued poor results could force Everton’s hierarchy to contemplate potential replacements. Journalist Paul Brown weighed in on the situation, suggesting that swapping Dyche for Graham Potter might not be the best course of action due to their vastly different footballing philosophies.
Brown stated, “I think it would frankly be too big a swing from one extreme to the other to go from Dyche to Potter. One of Everton’s big problems is they’ve never had, since Moshiri arrived, one overarching strategy of what they are, what the team’s identity should be and how it should play or line up. They’ve lurched from one extreme to another each time they’ve had to get rid of a manager, and you’ve had to start from scratch, rebuilding a team for a completely different style of play. That can’t go on.”
While Dyche enjoys some leeway for now, Everton’s management may be exploring alternative options if the team’s fortunes fail to improve in the near future. Graham Potter emerges as an intriguing possibility, despite his challenging stint at Chelsea, where any manager faced a formidable task. It’s worth noting that even Pep Guardiola lauded Potter as “outstanding” earlier this year.
Brown’s argument regarding the stylistic contrast between Dyche and Potter holds merit. Dyche is known for his direct approach, while Potter favors a possession-based game. However, if Everton believes that Potter is the best candidate to replace the current manager, they should not shy away from the prospect of players adapting to a new system.
For the time being, Everton should stand by Dyche, recognizing the need for him to integrate new signings following the closure of the summer transfer window. In a world where patience with managers is often in short supply, there is ample reason to believe that Dyche, who achieved considerable success with Burnley, can reverse Everton’s fortunes. The upcoming games leading up to October’s international break will offer a more comprehensive assessment of his capabilities.