Karen Carney tells Everton to prepare to reset club if they are relegated after clash v Bournemouth
Karen Carney has warned Everton that they will have to press the “reset” button if they are relegated from the Premier League this weekend.
The Toffees could be relegated if they fail to beat Bournemouth at Goodison Park and one of Leicester or Leeds claim a win on the final day of the season.
And according to Cairney in her Guardian column (25 May), who has appeared on Sky Sports as a pundit several times, the game will be “emotional turmoil” for all the sides involved but whoever gets relegated will have to create a new plan to get back up and that means they’ll have to reset.
“One of the reasons why we love football is the jeopardy involved with promotion and relegation – it adds drama to the spectacle – but Sunday will be 90 minutes of emotional turmoil for Everton, Leeds and Leicester supporters,” she said.
“Everton have suffered from Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury problems this season because teams want a top striker, a focal point they can aim for and who scores goals. It takes the pressure off the rest of the team.
“Whichever clubs go down, all three have to reset. They need to create a clear structure and plan, spelling out to players and fans what they hope to achieve and not divert from that.”
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Regardless of whether or not Everton are relegated or not this season they need to hit that reset button this summer.
The club avoided relegation with a game to spare last season under Frank Lampard and this year it has gone down to the final game, meaning we have got worse in the last 12 months.
Everton simply cannot continue the same way they’ve been going in the last few years and that means pressing the reset button and starting again with a new plan and a new idea to go forward.
Hopefully the club will have some form of new ownership model by that point too which means funds to improve and bolster the squad, and with lots of first-team players out of contract this summer there is a chance to refresh.
Something has to change regardless of Sunday’s result and Everton simply cannot allow themselves to stand still just because they don’t go down.