Sean Dyche eyes long stay at Everton as he lauds the Toffees’ ‘demanding’ fans despite financial restrictions this summer
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Sean Dyche wants to be at Everton for the long haul after starting to bond with the club’s ‘demanding’ fans.
Dyche sees it as part of his job to engage with supporters and recently enjoyed a night out in Lark Lane, regarded as one of the city’s best areas for pubs and restaurants.
Despite Everton missing a hatful of chances in their opening 1-0 home defeat against Fulham, Dyche takes his side to Aston Villa on Sunday confident they will have more firepower than last season when they survived on the final day by beating Bournemouth.
Centre-forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in contention to return after injury while Everton are chasing Southampton’s Che Adams having already landed Arnaut Danjuma and Jack Harrison on loan and signed Portuguese teenager Youssef Chermiti.
No manager has lasted at Goodison Park more than three years since David Moyes left in 2013 but former Burnley boss Dyche says his early experiences have left him wanting more despite financial restrictions at the club.
Sean Dyche wants to be at Everton for the long haul after starting to bond with Toffees fans
Dyche recently spent time with Everton fans during a night out in the busy Lark Lane area
‘There are Burnley fans everywhere but not in the same number. Everton being a bigger club, there is just more of it. Everywhere you go there are Evertonians around,’ he said.
‘When I can have five minutes with a fan, why not? No problem to me. If they want to put something on social media it is up to them.
‘I was down Lark Lane the other week, it was on social media within 15 minutes. I had a pint, possibly two! You have to live your life and I don’t mind mixing with the Evertonians.
‘You get a bit of heat, friendly fire, from a couple of Liverpool fans and get a bit of respect from the Everton fans. All part of the job.
‘I’ve spoken about the relationship with Everton fans being diluted over the past few years and about bringing it back, embracing the team and having that connection.
‘Certain clubs have that history and Everton are one. They are demanding fans, but they are there when you need them. Certainly in my small experience so far, hopefully many years to come, they have been there home and away.
‘That is a powerful thing in itself. They do demand but they pay you back. I think that is pretty fair. We want to build on that.’
Everton were the second-lowest scorers in the Premier League last season with 34 goals in 38 games. Injuries restricted Calvert-Lewin to only two goals while Neal Maupay hasn’t netted since the second game of last season.
Dyche is confident this term shouldn’t be as much of a struggle.
‘If Dom stays fit, you have to say we’ll have better options because of his record. Danjuma coming in, Jack Harrison when he gets fully fit in a few weeks, Dwight McNeil coming back to fitness, Alex Iwobi who has been strong.
‘When they are all active, it offers us more options. It is obvious there aren’t pots of gold. We have to work with the team which is good for me as a coach.
Dyche is confident this term shouldn’t be as much of a struggle if Calvert-Lewin stays fit
‘Evertonians deep down know there needs to be building blocks put in place. My aim is to certainly perform better than last season, both on the eye and in terms of results.
‘I thought last week was a good performance but we lost. It’s our job to change any hard-luck stories. I have said to the players don’t wait for the story to change, make it change. Boom.
‘That is what we have to do. There were a number of good individual performances last week. Alex Iwobi has been terrific, Ashley Young is a proper pro. Amadou Onana is young, just turned 22, and has had one season in the Premier League. We want him to keep learning both sides of the game.’
Dyche is the 10th manager including two interims that Everton have had in the past six years.