‘Told the players’ – Dyche shares honest Everton message after dramatic survival

Sean Dyche has urged Everton to exhibit the characteristics of a “top-tier club” and emphasized the substantial task that lies ahead for them in the upcoming summer, writes the LiverpoolEcho.

Following a narrow 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Goodison Park on Sunday, Everton narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League. Abdoulaye Doucoure’s decisive goal not only secured the vital win for the Blues but also condemned Leeds United and Leicester City to the Sky Bet Championship next season.

However, Dyche refrained from celebrating after the match, recognizing the demanding changes that need to take place to alter Everton’s fortunes. He acknowledges the arduous nature of the task and anticipates significant efforts to prevent a recurrence of their precarious situation.

Dyche said: “You’re only a big club if you’re doing big club things. That’s what we have to change because it is a big club but we have to get it back to being one on the pitch, not just off it.”

The Everton boss added: “We’ve got a very difficult task done. We found enough points to get us through this season and, as I said, there’s a lot to be done, a hell of a lot to be done.

“We’ve shown the fighting spirit that you need but, equally, I’ve just told the players, that we shouldn’t be in this state so we’ve got to learn from that. Next season is going to be a big season.”