By Saikat Mandal

6th Feb, 2023 | 8:40am

Sean Dyche no-nonsense approach causes headache at Everton already

Sean Dyche has introduced changes in training, and his “no-nonsense” approach has caused a headache, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

It has been widely reported that Dyche has banned snoods and hoods from the training ground and he has ensured sessions were full contact, with players being asked to wear shinpads.

All this time, the players had been wearing ankle socks for training under Frank Lampard. Now, proper football socks were needed to allow the players to wear shin pads, and the club did not have enough pairs of them.

The kit man made a hasty visit to a local Sports Direct shop but didn’t find enough pairs in Everton’s blue, and as a result, the players had to practice in black socks ahead of their game against Arsenal.

Whatever works best

Dyche has made a great start to his career at Everton after he guided the Toffees to a surprise 1-0 win against Arsenal on Saturday (4 February).

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Frankly, nobody expected the Toffees to grab a win against the Premier League leaders. Considering the league position, the poor run of form, and the disastrous transfer window behind, there was very little optimism. 

However, the result must have given the necessary impetus to fight back. The squad lacks depth following the loss of Anthony Gordon, but Dyche still can turn it around with a pragmatic approach. 

It was their first league victory since late October, and one could see the relief among the players after the final whistle. It felt like a curse has been lifted. Now comes the hardest part, that is, to get more wins in a row.  

The Toffees will face Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Monday night (13 February). Jurgen Klopp’s side are struggling at the moment, and the Toffees can fancy their chances. After that, they have Leeds and Aston Villa at home, and Dyche should be looking to get at least seven points from the next three games.