Everton boss Dyche admits relegation would ‘change things;’ but is planning ‘a way forward’ for club
Everton manager Sean Dyche accepts retaining their Premier League status will put a “different viewpoint” on his plans for the squad.
Monday’s surprise 5-1 win at Brighton has raised hopes they can extend their top-flight stay into a 70th successive season as it moved them out of the relegation zone.
A number of players are out of contract in the summer – including long-serving captain Seamus Coleman whose season was ended by a knee injury a fortnight ago – but no decisions can really be made until they know which division they are playing in.
“There are some outlines that I’ve been speaking with Kev Thelwell (director of football) about, a way forward, but at the end of the day it still comes down to what is happening now,” said Dyche ahead of Sunday’s daunting visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City.
“When I got here the noise was about Everton being done. We’ve obviously shown we are not done and there is more life in what we are doing.
“That does change things. Being in the Premier League is a different viewpoint, that’s the first concern.
“But there are some background chats about what is needed because you have to continue.
“It’s a fluid business, one that I’m used to. You are always fluid thinking anyway, it’s not about an exact thought.
“It’s about different scenarios with players, player contracts, ways the club is operating, ways they are looking to operate.
“Ultimately this season it is about getting past this situation and growing for the future.”
Coleman has undergone successful surgery on his knee injury but Dyche was non-committal on the 34-year-old defender’s future at the club.
“Seamus did have an operation and it has gone well. All being well he should be fit for next season,” added Dyche.
“I will be speaking to him about the future. He is well in the loop regarding where he sits at this football club.”
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