Micah Richards has now confirmed what Everton fans were singing at full-time when the Toffees secured Premier League status on Sunday.

Sean Dyche’s side overcame Bournemouth in a tense encounter to win 1-0 and guarantee top-flight football at Goodison Park next season.

Indeed, former Manchester City defender Micah Richards shared with BBC 5 Live his thoughts on the ‘fantastic’ support, and what Everton fans were singing.

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Richards said: “I was at the game yesterday and I have to say before the game it was the loudest I have ever heard, at any stadium I have ever been at, the support was fantastic.

But when the fans ran on the pitch and they were celebrating for a good 10 or 15 minutes, after that they were singing ‘sack the board’. I don’t think there was that last season, it was just pure relief.”

Richards remarks ring true of the discontent looming over Everton Football Club

Indeed, there has been growing frustration amongst Everton’s loyal fanbase in recent months, with demonstrations against the club’s board put on hold while Premier League safety hung in the balance.

However, with top-flight football secured for the Blues, the protests are likely to resume once more, as the club faces an enormous summer.

Everton’s recruitment has been woeful in recent seasons, and the £60m departure of Richarlison to Spurs last summer was compounded by Anthony Gordon’s £45m move to Newcastle the following January.

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There is no doubt that Everton have gone backwards and have walked a tight rope over the past two seasons, so something must change in terms of the running of the club.

Few would argue that Everton fans have been patient, but with over £700m spent in recent years, the club is currently in its longest ever trophy drought and has avoided relegation by the skin of its teeth for a second consecutive season.