What The Papers Say - 1 March

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Quotes from Sean Dyche feature heavily in Friday's media after the Blues boss reacted to the news of receiving four points back from the initial 10 deducted back in November.

In the Daily Mail, as well as several other national newspapers, Dyche says: "We're pleased we have got something back, obviously.

"You are always greedy and want more but the points the club put forward have been listened to and we have got the four back. 

"We will take that and now it brings clarity to the situation.

"That is good for us and the players but good for all actually. Getting four back is some form of - boost isn't the right word - but the adjustment to the table which is now apparent was needed.

"We wanted the points back but the main thing was to bring clarity."

Elsewhere, La Liga president Javier Tebas has called the treatment of Everton "unfair", saying it is something that could not have happened in Spain.

Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit in London, Tebas said: “You don’t want to sanction clubs, we don’t want to apply sanctions.

“In La Liga we tell our clubs what they can spend. I would recommend our controls to everyone, and we have spoken to UEFA about this.

“Everton, I really don’t think that was fair. That couldn’t happen here because we wouldn’t allow clubs to buy and loan players they couldn’t afford.”

Also in the Liverpool ECHO, journalist Joe Thomas reflects on the progress made under Kevin Thelwell, with the Director of Football's two-year anniversary at the Club approaching.

"Perhaps the most appropriate starting point when attempting to assess Thelwell’s work to date is that he got his biggest call right," writes Thomas. "Just over a year ago the Lampard era ended with a club in a relegation spiral amid turmoil on and off the pitch. Managerless and with the senior squad hopelessly bereft of form and confidence halfway through a January transfer window, the club was in the same position it had been when Benitez departed in early 2022. Wildly differing opinions on who should replace Lampard characterised a recruitment process that almost ended with Marcelo Bielsa. It instead led to Sean Dyche and few could now question the logic of that move. Not only did Dyche steer the squad to survival, he has since led Everton to a mid-table performance after two thirds of this campaign despite seeing his team weakened in the summer, addressing the abysmal away form and injecting resilience and belief into a fragile dressing room. Without the points deduction, this season would be one of emphatic, undeniable progress."