Former Wales international and football pundit Robbie Savage has expressed his bewilderment at fans suggesting that the timing of Everton’s 10-point deduction is somehow advantageous for the club, writes the Goodison.News. Everton, found guilty of breaching profit and sustainability rules, now sits just above the Premier League relegation zone, with the deduction leaving them only one point ahead of 20th-place Burnley.
Despite Savage maintaining faith in manager Sean Dyche’s ability to steer the team to safety for a second consecutive season, he has strongly countered the notion that the harsh punishment could have positive aspects. Writing for The Mirror, Savage stated, “Nonsense – there is NEVER a good time to be docked 10 points. But Dyche has got the Mersey men firing again, and even if their punishment is harsh, I can’t see them going down when they have another 78 points to play for between now and the end of the season.”
While the 10-point deduction is undoubtedly a significant setback for Everton, Savage acknowledges the potential silver lining. The adversity could serve as extra motivation for players to rally, climb up the table, and distance themselves from the relegation zone. Moreover, it might foster a stronger sense of unity between the club and its community, creating a vibrant atmosphere at Goodison Park on matchdays.
Despite the challenging situation, Savage points out that Everton’s predicament is influenced by the poor starts of the promoted Championship teams, providing confidence that the bottom three is not their rightful place. While some fans attempt to paint a positive picture amid the turmoil, Savage emphasizes that it is far from an ideal scenario but not a relegation sentence, presenting an opportunity for the club to rally against the odds.