By Graeme Hanna

1st Jun, 2023 | 9:58pm

Neville Southall shares win the Premier League verdict on Everton

Neville Southall has made a bold claim about Everton having aspirations to “win the league”, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

The 64-year-old delivered a scathing verdict on the Everton board, following the last-gasp Premier League survival on the final day of the season, last Sunday.

However, he went on to talk about Evertonians being reluctant to talk up their aspirations and positivity, including to reflect the need for significant change at Goodison Park.

Southall was passionate and outspoken as ever, but he appeared to get carried away in expressing his desire for root and branch reform at his old club.

“We need massive change, we need a change at the top for sure,” he said.

“We need investment and investment doesn’t always have to be money.

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“It has to be a culture change in as much as you live up to the motto, you do things around the club.

“We seem to be really embarrassed about Goodison, about saying we want to win the league, about anything positive.”

Hold on a minute

Win the league? How about some humility and a sense of realism, Neville?

Everton have absolutely no right to be talking about such excessive ambitions, given the state of the club in recent years and their prospects for the immediate future.

In fairness, it is just the words of Southall but it is simply not a realistic expectation.

Led by the pragmatic and focused Sean Dyche, the Toffees will strive to make progress up the Premier League table, move away from the struggles and despair of recent seasons and build something.

Once that work is in progress, they can look up and assess where they are going. Dyche knows what is required, next.

Anything else in the background is just noise, but this ridiculous claim from Southall goes way beyond that.

As long as the right foundations are put in place off the pitch, the manager will attempt to piece together a squad that is capable of delivering and giving an honest return for the fans, who have been short-changed for too long.