James Tarkowski wheels away in celebration after scoring against Arsenal. Image: Alamy
Everton stun leaders Arsenal, five games coming up
A massive day for Everton! Sean Dyche starts with a win, given to them by a highly-organised and committed performance.
James Tarkowski’s header from a corner the difference.
Arsenal suffer just their second league loss of the season. The Gunners were poor. Very poor. By the end of this weekend, their lead at the top could be down to two points.
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Sean Dyche has banned two items from Everton training – admitting it ‘drives him mad’ when he sees players wearing them.
Dyche replaced Frank Lampard as Toffees manager on Monday, with the club currently 19th in the Premier League and two points from safety while on their worst run in 29 years.
The 51-year-old, rightly or wrongly, earned a reputation for being no-nonsense and traditional in his methods during his time with Burnley.
He promised to make his players ‘sweat’ and bring back some of the basic principles of what Everton stands for in his first interview. What that involves is several changes around Finch Farm.
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We’ve all heard the story of Dyche making his players do the Bleep test in February, which you can check out in the player above. He’s been firm about wearing shin pads with match socks or trousers in training as he bids to raise standards.
Dyche has also completely banned his players from wearing hats or snoods in training, which are used to keep warm in the winter months.
The reason? They won’t be allowed to wear those items of clothing during games. It’s something Dyche admitted ‘drives him mad’ when speaking to the media ahead of Everton’s game with Arsenal.
He said: “This has been going round for years and it drives me mad. Unless I’ve been out of the game for too long, you’re not allowed to wear hats when you play on a Saturday, you’re not allowed to wear snoods when you play on a Saturday and you have to, by the rules, wear shin pads. It is not rocket science.
“Everyone makes the mythical story that it’s hard lines from Sean Dyche. It is just common sense. You train how you play, how can you train how you play if you have 14 snoods on, 15 hats and leggings, no shin pads, white socks, it’s not relevant. I told the players, ‘these myths I’m going to bust them for you right now’.
“I explained to them. There is not a single player here where everything is not explained to them.
“I’d be surprised if any of them are in the dark on anything. I explain everything to them and the reason behind it.”
Everton are the only Premier League club that failed to sign a player in the January transfer window. Despite being linked with several names, including Conor Gallagher, Ismaila Sarr, Andre Ayew and Olivier Giroud, Everton will have to escape the bottom three with the same squad for the most part.
Anthony Gordon did depart for Newcastle United in a £45 million deal after submitting a formal transfer request.
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Pictures from Everton training show Sean Dyche has already introduced rule to ‘keep standards high’
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It didn’t take long for Sean Dyche to introduce a new rule that is designed to ‘set the tone’ and ‘keep standards high’ in training.
Everton confirmed the appointment of Dyche as their new manager on Monday following the sacking of Frank Lampard, who was relieved of his duties following last month’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham.
Dyche promised to make the players “sweat” and bring back some of the basic principles of what Everton have stood for in his first interview as manager.
“Our aim is to put out a team that works, that fights and wears the badge with pride,” he said. “There is quality in this squad, but we have to make them shine.”
The no-nonsense former Burnley boss soon got his players to work in this week’s first training session, where he put his new squad through a gruelling session.
In fact, he made his players do a Bleep Test as Ben Godfrey and Ellis Simms appeared to be the last players standing.
Away from the fitness aspect of training and some eagle-eyed fans noticed that every player was wearing a certain outfit.
That’s because the new manager has ordered all of his squad to wear shin pads with match socks or trousers for training.
In previous regimes, players trained with bare legs and no shin pads but Dyche believes his new rule sets the tone and keeps standards high.
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— Everton (@Everton) January 30, 2023
You could argue that players may have held back in challenges when their teammates failed to wear shin pads in years gone by, but knowing Dyche, he will want his players to show intensity in training.
The Toffees have failed to show those levels of intensity in large spells this season but Dyche is keen to bring that passion back to Goodison Park.
“I know about Everton’s passionate fanbase and how precious this club is to them,” he said in his first interview.
“We’re ready to work and ready to give them what they want. That starts with sweat on the shirt, effort and getting back to some of the basic principles of what Everton Football Club has stood for for a long time.
“We want to bring back a good feeling. We need the fans, we need unity and we need everyone aligned. That starts with us as staff and players.”
First session: ✅ pic.twitter.com/WcqffW2AZH
— Everton (@Everton) January 30, 2023
He added: “We want to change the shape of this club going forward, remodel it in our style, but in a way that we can win.
“That’s the task in front of us – make sure we’re building, tactically and technically, giving players organisation, allow them the freedom to play, to go and enjoy their football because it’s brilliant when the team’s playing with a smile, but we’ve got to win.”
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Sean Dyche will face Arsenal in his first Everton match, should he be appointed as Toffees boss.
Dyche is expected to be named as Everton’s new manager, succeeding Frank Lampard who was sacked earlier this week.
After talks with Everton’s hierarchy, the former Burnley boss was thought to be the main contender for the job, alongside the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa.
While Bielsa was reportedly the favoured choice of owner Farhad Moshiri, the Argentinian is said to have expressed reservations about taking over in mid-season while he questioned whether the squad would fit his physically demanding style.
There were also allegedly doubts over Bielsa’s expensive demands.
In turn, Dyche is set to be appointed, with his first game against table toppers Arsenal on February 4.
Arteta on Dyche
Dyche takes charge of an Everton side currently 19th in the table, two points from safety.
To hit the ground running as Toffees boss he will need to beat Arsenal, a team five points clear at the Premier League summit that has lost just once all season.
Furthermore, the 51-year-old has a dismal record against the north London side, having won just one of his 15 meetings against the Gunners, a 1-0 triumph back in December 2020.
Nevertheless Arsenal boss Arteta has much admiration for Dyche, having expressed his sympathies for the manager when he was sacked by Burnley last season.
Arteta said: “I only have words of praise because what he’s done at the club over the last ten years is phenomenal.
“He gave the club a really clear identity, he’s managed to keep the team, with one of the smallest budgets, consistently in the league.
“I wish him the best of luck and as always with colleagues, it’s sad when you see those decisions.”
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Former Burnley manager Sean Dyche offered up a football level of masterclass analysis of a curry selection and sundries on live radio — and it’s a sensational watch for fans.
Dyche has been out of management since he was axed by Burnley in 2022, but he has been tipped to make his sensational return to the Premier League.
According to The Daily Mail, former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is set to reject the chance to succeed Frank Lampard at relegation-threatened Everton.
Bielsa’s decision to turn down Everton has opened the door for Dyche, who is reportedly keen for the struggling Premier League club to offer him a long-term deal.
Ahead of Dyche’s potential return to the Premier League, the ex-Watford boss once hilariously impressed fans with his passionate conversation on all things curry (watch it in the video player above).
Dyche was in his element during a live appearance on BBC Radio Lancashire, with the 51-year-old meticulously talking about an assortment of different items.
From pakoras and samosas to mushroom rice and lamb curry, the Burnley legend does not mess around when it comes to his food.
“Now we’re talking,” Dyche said after being passed the lamb curry, before adding: “Okay. Yeah.
“See, you know the oiliness? I love that. I know you’re not meant to love it. I know it’s not very good for you, but oh, it’s so good that is.
“Yeah, it should be naturally out there meat and then the ghee, isn’t it? That should be the mixture.”
Dyche’s segment on BBC radio left fans in stitches, with one fan saying he was brave to handle curries while wearing a white T-shirt — and we very much agree with that.
“Props to Sean, although the madman is handling and opening curry tubs with a white T-shirt on, very risky,” one fan pointed out.
Someone else tweeted: “Mate, like… who wouldn’t want to bring him along to a stag [do]?”
A third hilariously wrote: “So much is happening [here]. He even laid the boxes out in a classic 4-4-2.”
Another Twitter user posted: “Knows his way round a curry, I genuinely thought I couldn’t love him more…”
While one fan said: “This turned me into a Sean Dyche stan.”
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