Sean Dyche said Everton have been ‘shocked’ by the ‘enormity’ of the club’s 10-point deduction for breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.
The Toffees have been handed an unprecedented 10-point ban after being deemed to have broken the division’s financial regulations, a punishment which leaves Everton 19th in the table.
Dyche’s side take on Manchester United this weekend as the club look to climb out of the Premier League’s relegation places. Ahead of the clash, the Everton boss said his side’s focus has not changed despite the ‘shock’ of their sanctions.
“I think like everyone in these parts is, we’re shocked. Seemingly the wave of noise after that was most people in football were shocked,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
“The enormity of it. Disproportionate is a word that has been used by the club.
“Obviously we’re going to feel aggrieved by that. On the other hand it doesn’t change the focus. The focus since I’ve been here has been about sorting things out on the pitch.
“Getting the team to win, getting the team to feel different, performances to be different. We were obviously on the right lines for that and delivering strong performances I felt.
“This has given us a push backwards to come forwards again. The job hasn’t changed for me. It’s obviously made it a bit more difficult until the appeal of course.”