By Dan Carter

17th Sep, 2023 | 9:40am

Sean Dyche rules out Everton takeover talks impacting him or players with focus 'on the team'

Sean Dyche has said that the talks over the takeover of Everton won’t affect him or the Toffees’ players in the coming weeks.

The Toffees have had a difficult start to the season and currently sit 18th in the Premier League without a win having come close in matches against Fulham, Wolves and Sheffield United and face Arsenal on Sunday (17 September).

Farhad Moshiri is set to sell his 94 per cent share in the Goodison Park club to American investment company 777 Partners and Dyche has been quick to shut down any speculation that the off-the-field discussions could impact him or his side.

Speaking to Sky Sports (17 September) he said: “When the new ownership group come in, I’m sure they’ll chat to me in due course and let me know how they see things going. My focus is on the team and on the pitch and I don’t think it should affect the players either.

“We haven’t had a meeting or anything, you know they can all read, hopefully, so they’ve all looked at it and gone okay. Our focus has been on the team and what we do with that. If it was anyone (who came to ask about the news) it would have been Seamus (Coleman) but he’s not bothering himself that, he’s worried about getting fit.

“At the end of the day, the bigger picture of the club is for the business people, it filters down to us financially obviously. But generally, it will be interesting, should they get the whole situation agreed and signed off, it will be interesting to see which way they want to go.”

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Few managers will be as open about their focus as Dyche and it is incredibly clear that he is not at all concerning himself about the parts of the Everton job that he cannot directly affect and that includes the current ownership change.

The manager currently has more pressing issues to focus on, including turning the Toffees’ on-the-pitch fortunes around and he is unlikely to let any talk in the media or the boardroom change his approach to that task.

No matter who the owner at Goodison Park is, it is unlikely to impact proceedings on the pitch at least until the January transfer window. Until then Dyche must find a way of getting results with the squad he currently has and getting Everton away from the drop zone.

With everyone seemingly united in putting what is happening above them on the blue half of Merseyside out of their thoughts, there will be no excuses should results not take a turn for the better before the next international break.

Even if some in the media suggest it to be true, you can be sure Dyche won’t hide behind it.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are interested in signing a former Ligue 1 champion according to reports