By Sam Stone

29th May, 2023 | 9:10pm

Impossible for Everton board to return to Goodison Park - Phil McNulty

BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty has suggested it’s “impossible” for the Everton board to return to Goodison Park.

The Toffees’ hierarchy have been told to stay away on security advice after threats were allegedly made to certain members of the board.

Writing for BBC Sport, McNulty believes the empty seats cannot remain unoccupied for long, but the current board members cannot be the ones who return.

“The empty seats in Goodison’s directors’ box cannot remain unoccupied but it is almost impossible to see a situation where the board can return, which is unsustainable,” he wrote (BBC Sport, 28 May).

Spot on

McNulty is spot on. The win over Bournemouth and Premier League survival shouldn’t be viewed as a victory for Everton. It should be viewed as the mess the current board have created. They have to move on and the quicker that happens the better.

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With MSP Sport Captial looking to invest in the club and currently in negotiations with Farhad Moshiri, there’s positive steps being made. If the US-based investement firm can gradually increase their hold of the club, a new era will begin to take place.

It’s important that quick decisions are made. The past two seasons cannot be repeated once more. There have been far too many players come through the door at Goodison Park who are simply not up to the standards required. Dyche needs to be backed, but it’s now about the money being invested in a smart way.

Sunday’s fixture must be the last time Everton rae fighting for their lives on the final day of the season.