I didn’t like Sean Dyche initially but he was the stuff for me…he’ll fix the mess at Everton, says Troy Deeney
There has only ever been one man who could rescue Everton from their ongoing crisis and I am convinced that man is Sean Dyche.
Now the former Burnley boss is heading towards Goodison Park I would put my house on the Toffees to avoid relegation.
Now I’m biased when it comes to Dyche, but I also have some insights into him that I hope will break through the snobbery that seems to be going against him.
He’s been pigeonholed as a long-ball dealer and that could make him unpopular with a large part of Everton’s restless fanbase.
Many of them would undoubtedly have preferred Marcelo Bielsa.
But the former Leeds boss is typically an 18-month manager and I haven’t been able to see his extreme methods working mid-season.
Everton need a boss in the long term and they have found one.
Dyche is flexible in his tactics and outstanding in his leadership.
Sure, his Burnley side were fairly direct, but they had one of the smallest budgets in the Premier League and thrived under his leadership for years.
Believe it or not, Everton have better players than Dyche’s Burnley ever had.
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The club has lacked identity, orientation and leadership for so long that many players have fallen behind there.
Dyche won’t let Everton play one-dimensional Route One football.
Dyche was my assistant manager and then my manager when I was at Watford.
I was a young idiot and Dyche told me so. He was right and I needed it.
When he was #2 to Malky Mackay I didn’t like him and I didn’t think he liked me.
So when he took over, I assumed I was out. Instead, he was the stuff to me.
He told me the truth because he evaluated me and believed in me – he could see where a lot of people couldn’t.
The season I spent under him was my breakthrough as I played regularly as a forward and scored 11 league goals.
The following summer I spent three months in prison, the lowest point of my life.
But while I was inside, Dyche came to see me and wrote to me.
Watford was taken over by the Pozzo family that summer and Dyche lost his job.
But he continued to call and text me regularly throughout my career, telling me that I deserved my successes.
So, yes, I owe him a huge debt of gratitude, but it’s not just the impact he’s had on my career that makes me believe Dyche is the right man for Everton – it’s his versatile management skills.
He will keep the team fit and focused, giving it a clear identity and connecting with the fanbase.
The club is horribly divided and Dyche will unite them.
Footballers are like school children. They need to be told what to do, they need orientation and clarity.
Fill their heads with too many weird and wonderful ideas and you risk losing them.
Dyche understands that. He can be flexible, but he is also clear and firm in his beliefs.
His No. 2 Ian Woan is also an absolute top man.
Everton need Dyche as a squad and as a club because they have been a mess for too long.
For example, I couldn’t understand why they were after Arnaut Danjuma.
He’s a huge talent – which is why Spurs hijacked his move from Villarreal – but another Flair player on the wing isn’t what Everton need.
They need a backup for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a player I’m sure Dyche will do wonders for, and they need someone to anchor midfield.
Everton have a large number of midfielders but none who seem capable of controlling things and doing the simple things well.
So many good players have gone there in the last seven years and seem to have dwindled.
There are many players with good contracts that the club wants to get rid of.
You can’t blame the players for that – it was the club that offered them a lot of money – but it’s not a healthy situation.
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has invested huge sums in the squad and taken a step backwards.
I’m not surprised he wants to sell. But building a successful football club isn’t just about throwing money around.
It’s about having that long-term vision that’s going to bring Dyche.
Everton were threatened with relegation, not in the top flight for the first time in almost 70 years.
Some say they need relegation to freshen up and restart the club but I haven’t. The Championship is tough, believe me, and there’s no guarantee Everton will bounce back straight away.
They could have ended up in the wild like Leeds for a generation if they didn’t get that appointment right.
I am convinced that they made the right call for change. With Dyche, Everton should be as safe as houses.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7245572/troy-deeney-sean-dyche-sort-out-everton-mess/ I didn’t like Sean Dyche initially but he was the stuff for me…he’ll fix the mess at Everton, says Troy Deeney