Everton supporters have been ‘failed’ by the club’s hierarchy and the atmosphere around Goodison Park will be ‘pretty toxic’ for a while, journalist Paul Brown has told GiveMeSport.
The Toffees are embroiled in a relegation battle on the pitch and have financial issues off it, leading to a justifiably negative feeling building amongst the fan base for quite some time now.
New Everton manager Sean Dyche has pleaded with fans to ‘park’ their grievances with the club’s chiefs for today’s encounter with Arsenal at Goodison Park and get behind the team instead.
“We want the fans to reconnect with us, but that’s easy to say. We’ve got to put the hard yards in,” said the 51-year-old tactician.
“We want them to support us from the off, even the ones who have angles, questions if they can park it for a little while and hopefully reconnect with us.”
Everton were also the only Premier League side not to make a single signing throughout January, but Dyche defended the club on that matter.
“When you sign a player there is no absolute given that the player is going to strengthen you,” he said. “My point is there is no guarantee, all it does is give you an improved chance if you sign the right players.”
What has Brown said about Everton?
Brown has told GMS that Everton supporters are ‘probably’ right to feel aggrieved and let down by the Blues and that it could result in a hostile mood for the foreseeable future.
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He said: “I suspect the mood amongst the fans and the atmosphere outside the ground in terms of how the fans feel about the club and the directors is going to be pretty toxic for the next few weeks.
“And probably rightly so really, because they feel incredibly let down, and the clubs failed them, and keeps failing them.”
Can Everton escape relegation?
Everton are currently sitting in 19th position in the Premier League standings and are two points adrift of safety after winning just three of their opening 20 top-flight fixtures.
A tough run of fixtures awaits the Blues starting with today’s encounter against the league leaders before they make the short journey across Merseyside to take on local rivals Liverpool.
The next fixture at home to Leeds United will surely be one that Dyche has earmarked as one to get three points out of before they face Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Brentford.
Everton have never dropped out of the Premier League since its inception in 1992, but that is looking like a distinct possibility at this moment in time.
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