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Sean Dyche is already looking ahead to next season, insisting preparations for the 2023/34 campaign started when he arrived at Everton in January.
Despite the Blues only securing their Premier League status with a vital victory over Bournemouth on Sunday, Dyche was keen to look to the future, suggesting it’s now time to “re-focus”.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, and quoted by the Liverpool ECHO, Dyche said: "First things first but this was the main job. We had to get this sorted out, we've got it over the line. It was absolutely the key focus. Now it is time to immediately re-focus on the rest of it.
“Work on next season started the day I got in here. Don't think I thought this was an easy fix because it is not, far from it. There is a massive amount of work to be done. The thing I've learned about Everton is the fans have been amazing, they want the Club to be in the top end of the market, but the Club currently is not at the top end of the market.”
“I've played my little part in this but there is a massive amount of change to build to a new dawn, a new future, a bigger future if you like."
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DEPARTING MAIER & SEVECKE THANK BLUES
Elsewhere in the Liverpool ECHO, Joe Thomas highlights some of the key moments during Dyche’s tenure as Everton manager so far.
Exploring the impact of decisions off the field, Thomas writes: “One of Dyche's first gambits was to run an anonymous questionnaire through the squad and staff to learn of their concerns in the hope they would buy into his regime if they could see it valued their input.
“The most emphatic example of Dyche's willingness to work with those who sought support was the case of Ellis Simms, who scored his first senior goal as a Blue against Chelsea just days after approaching Dyche for guidance.”
Shifting his focus to matters on the field, Thomas identified Abdoulaye Doucoure’s reintroduction to the team as a significant decision from the Everton manager; a decision that has certainly paid off for the Blues.
“On the pitch, Dyche changed approach immediately, moving to a 4-5-1 and bringing in Abdoulaye Doucoure,” Thomas explained. “Dyche placed his faith in the 30-year-old and was rewarded handsomely. Doucoure not only scored the goal that ultimately kept Everton up, but in 15 games under Dyche he scored five and created two.
“The drop in form inspired by his three-game suspension following a red card against Spurs showcased how valuable he had become in the closing stages of the campaign.”
Finally, James Tarkowski has received recognition for his impressive performances this season in the Daily Mail.
🏴 | Team of the Season— Sofascore (@SofascoreINT) May 29, 2023
With the 2022/23 Premier League campaign now in the books, the time has come for us to unveil our TOTS! 🤩
Players from eight different sides are featured in here, as champions Manchester City lead the way with three inclusions. 🔝 pic.twitter.com/bvHL5qCycN
The publication has utilised SofaScore, a popular sports app for updates and statistics which awards each player a rating after every game based on their statistical contributions during the match.
Everton’s Tarkowski averaged the second-best score for a centre-back across the Premier League campaign and was therefore rewarded with a place in the team of the season, alongside the likes of Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, and Kevin De Bruyne.