By George Overhill

18th Sep, 2023 | 5:10pm

Sean Dyche cannot be sacked at Everton amid takeover deal between Farhad Moshiri and 777 Partners

Sean Dyche will not be sacked at Everton “no matter how much worse it gets” because there is currently nobody with the “authority” to do so, according to Chris Bascombe.

The Telegraph journalist wrote for the newspaper’s website on 18 September that amid the ongoing takeover plans between Farhad Moshiri and 777 Partners neither side will have the inclination to remove the manager, and nor will the current board or director of football Kevin Thelwell.

According to Bascombe the “word” from the prospective owners is that they back the Goodison boss, but as they “tapdance” through the regulatory process they won’t have the “power” to replace him, and Moshiri is now more interested in his bank balance, while “ally” Thelwell and the interim board members will also be worried about their own futures, leaving Dyche virtually untouchable during a “three month audition” to impress the new owners.

The Toffees have started the season with one point from a possible 15 after defeat by Arsenal on Sunday (17 September), scoring just two goals from the first give games and already sitting in the relegation zone.

Devoid of direction

Dyche seems to be far from the biggest issue at Goodison Park, and he can justifiably point to a list of reasons why his job feels close to impossible.

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But it is difficult to say that he is actively part of the solution currently given the form on the pitch seems to be far worse than the, admittedly limited, squad should be capable of.

However, he is at least an experienced manager who can provide the closest thing to leadership that the club appear to have right now, and just as with the mooted takeover the glaring question is whether the potential alternative would be worse.

Who exactly would agree to take over at Everton right now for anything other than a payday is very hard to determine, so it may actually be a matter of hoping that Dyche hasn’t grown sick of the off-field distractions while he attempts to mould a squad that continues to lose important players even when they finally bring some in.

His comments to Sky Sports this weekend ahead of the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal made clear he is not enjoying himself, while also hinting that the finances were not what he had been led to believe, and while a resignation is unlikely to be imminent it doesn’t seem beyond the realms of possibility in the circumstances.

It does make sense that nobody is in a position to sack him right now, and while on paper his record is veering into the territory where it becomes a valid question in practice it may do nothing but add to the uncertainty around the club.

In other Everton news, Simon Jordan has mooted what he thinks 777 Partners are looking to do at the club to make a profit.