In addition, he expressed his ongoing dissatisfaction with the controversial refereeing calls made during last week’s Merseyside derby loss, stating that he had shared his thoughts with referee body chief Howard Webb.

A sense of resentment was heightened by both events in a club that is still in mourning over the passing of chairman Bill Kenwright.

In response to questions about whether the decision by referee Craig Pawson to spare Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate from the derby with the score tied, as well as suggestions that Everton’s season might be jeopardised by a point deduction, Dyche joked, saying, I don’t think it needs much fostering. It’s more of a continuous issue.

He has made a point of highlighting the fact that the team has been embroiled in rumours and controversy off the pitch for the majority of his nine months as Everton’s manager. In response to inquiries, Dyche has repeatedly said that it doesn’t affect the atmosphere at the team’s Finch Farm training facility.


Nevertheless, he insisted that efforts must be made to prevent the players at Everton from being swayed by that external noise. Winning games was essential to this, he continued, adding, The players are aware that there have been a variety of ups and downs and noises around the club for a variety of reasons.

We want to change the narrative, you want to change the feel, and you don’t want them to grow accustomed to it in the sense that it’s acceptable because it frequently begins with the pitch. That portion is within our power to alter and control.

There have been some indications of it, but ultimately, I believe the league table fails to highlight the most significant indications. There are indications of what appears to be a developing and improving group.