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Sean Dyche will have pulled off one of the “greatest ever” achievements by an Everton manager if he keeps the club up, according to Kevin Campbell.
The Toffees boss has taken 10 points from his first seven games despite a £31million deadline day bid for Udinese striker Beto failing [Gianluca Di Marzio told Sky Sports News, 31 January, 5.15pm] as the January transfer window closed without a single signing made.
Mondo Udinese reported on 7 February that the club may be ready to make another attempt in the summer, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell has denounced the club’s work in the transfer market and believes survival under Dyche will be an all-time feat if he manages it.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said of the Beto pursuit: “They’ve got a new manager now. But doing it on deadline day doesn’t sound to me like the club have a plan.
“I don’t know they’ll do any business with Udinese and Beto in the summer, but when you look at what’s gone on in the window, when you’re talking about Premier League survival, and you don’t move...
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“You don’t get the manager in quick enough. You don’t get any players in he could utilise, not even on loan.
“I tell you what, if Sean Dyche does the business this is one of the greatest ever. Honestly.”
Returning for Beto in the summer may have better chances of success but whether it will be too little too late by then is going to depend on Dyche and the current squad.
Everton looked to be heading in one direction under Frank Lampard, and January reinforcements appeared compulsory if things were going to change.
That Dyche has come in and only seen his job made harder by the departure of Anthony Gordon means it will indeed be some achievement to turn things around, and the results so far have provided a fair amount of encouragement.
If Dyche can take the Toffees into the window as a Premier League outfit he will have done his job and would certainly expect to be rewarded with some attacking signings at long last, so Beto might be the first port of call.