Dyche seeks to get to root of problems at Everton with questionnaire

Sean Dyche launches Everton inquest as new boss reveals he asked every member of his squad to fill in a QUESTIONNAIRE to understand the issues that have left them in serious relegation danger

  • Sean Dyche has urged fans to ‘park their issues and reconnect with the team’
  • He wants Goodison Park bouncing for the visit of leaders Arsenal on Saturday
  • Ex-Burnley boss was appointed to replace Frank Lampard after his sacking

Sean Dyche asked every member of Everton’s squad to answer a questionnaire as he wasted no time trying to understand the issues that have left them in peril.

Dyche was formally presented as the club’s latest manager on Thursday and did his best to honestly address the topics that, in recent weeks, have led to countless uncomfortable headlines for Everton, ranging from supporter disillusionment to the failure to add a striker on transfer deadline day.

The atmosphere around Goodison Park is toxic but Dyche urged fans to ‘park their issues for a little while and reconnect with the team’, as he wants the stadium bouncing for Saturday’s visit of leaders Arsenal. There is no indication whether any board members will attend.

Reconnection is easier said than done, of course. The onus has been too heavily on the fans to inspire the team and it is time the team stepped forward and provided some inspiration of their own. Dyche is aware of this and set about trying to get to the root of their problems.

His first official day was Monday and, after introducing himself to the squad, Dyche handed out a piece of paper to them all with three simple questions. All answers were kept anonymous and he received replies from all bar two players.

Sean Dyche has urged Everton fans to ‘park their issues and reconnect with the team’

‘It was just feedback on where it is all at – what is your opinion of it and just trying to be as open ended as possible,’ Dyche explained. ‘By giving a question, you can sometimes guide people to a place. It wasn’t about that – it was dead short, as simple as possible.

‘They had an option as well. You don’t have to fill it in, you are not under any obligation and I definitely don’t want your names on it. I just want feedback, honest feedback, anything you want that you think is relevant.

‘Often, when I have done this before, similar themes come back and I said: ‘Right – that is what we have to look at.’ There were only two out of the whole group who didn’t respond and I will do a similar thing with the staff as well. I haven’t done that yet, we have been cramming a lot in!

‘The thing with 360 degree feedback, as they call it in the business world, is that you have to be ready for the feedback. It is not always great but you have to be open minded. That is all it was. A kind of business crossover, switchover that I had learnt about in business and why they do it.’

There is no time to waste and Dyche, who was interviewed by both owner Farhad Moshiri and Chairman Bill Kenwright before signing a deal until June 2025, has put on a number of intense sessions, with a lot of 11 vs 11 games, to gauge the squad’s fitness.

He is adamant there is plenty of talent at his disposal that ‘just needs pointing in the right direction’ and it is why Dyche, who effectively started work last Saturday, insisted he was neither angry nor did he feel let down about the lack of new arrivals.

Everton thought they had secured a deal to sign Arnaud Danjuma two weeks ago but he changed his mind and got off a train at Crewe, rather than heading to Merseyside, to join Tottenham; Everton were frustrated with Villarreal’s failure to sign paperwork that would have prevented that scenario.

They agreed a £22million fee with Rennes for Kamaldeen Sulemana but the Ghanaian chose to join Southampton. Another option on deadline day was Reading’s Lucas Joao but Everton rejected that and, amid the drama, there were claims Director of Football Kevin Thelwell had offered to quit.

That was never the case, with Thelwell committed to working alongside Dyche. Everton have been linked with moves for free agents Andre Ayew and Isco but neither of those players have the physical capabilities to enhance the current squad.

‘You have to have alignment,’ said Dyche. ‘You need the finance in place but the things that get overlooked is they have to be better than what we have here. I’ve never been one for signing players for the sake of signing them and never see them again. There are good players here – believe me.’

Dyche has insisted that Everton worked hard to bring in new players on deadline day

Dyche has insisted he is happy with his current group of players, despite Everton currently sitting in the bottom three

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