Manager Sean Dyche is coming under pressure following Everton’s poor start to the season.

Everton have endured a dreadful start to the new Premier League campaign. Sean Dyche’s side have lost four of their five league games so far and only have one point on the board.

This poor form has led some to question whether Dyche is the right man to be in the dugout at Goodison Park.

Former Everton midfielder Don Hutchison recently took to Twitter to suggest that Graham Potter should be brought in to replace Dyche. He said, “Potter for me…At least there will be an identity and some good football to watch.”

Replacing the manager is a common move club’s make when the team is struggling on the pitch. Everton are certainly familiar with this course of action. Since 2018, six coaches have been at the helm for the Toffees on a permanent basis. 

Of those six, Carlo Ancelotti lasted longest, taking charge of 67 matches, with a 46.27% win percentage. Dyche currently has the lowest win rate of the six, having tasted victory in just 25% of his 24 matches in charge. By comparison, Frank Lampard and Rafa Benitez won 27.91% and 31.82% of their games, respectively.

Chelsea FC v Everton FC - Premier League
Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Sacking Dyche not the answer for Everton

These numbers suggest that Dyche probably needs to go. However, the problems at the Merseyside club run deeper, and far beyond, the 52-year-old’s sphere of influence. His squad lacks quality and depth, transfer spending has been restricted due to the club’s financial situation, and there are questions over the future of the ownership.

Dyche is a good manager, and did a brilliant job whilst in charge of Burnley. He has the experience and tactical acumen required to guide the Toffees through this difficult period, or at the very least, get the best out of his limited squad. 

Graham Potter is also an excellent manager, and would bring more progressive football to Everton. His reputation has taken a hit since his disastrous stint in charge of Chelsea, however, it shouldn’t be forgotten how much good work he did at Brighton, despite Roberto De Zerbi having since taken the Seagulls to another level.

Hiring Potter may well give Everton a boost in the short-term, but replacing Dyche is not the answer to the bigger problems at the club.

Related Topics