Jason Cundy has slammed talk of Everton supporters wanting a season in the Championship.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Andy Goldstein suggested that the Toffees fanbase would prefer to drop down to the second tier and enjoy a ‘happy season’ if they were guaranteed to return to the top flight as Championship winners.

Everton are one of only six ever-present clubs in the Premier League, however they have spent the last two years battling relegation and have managed to retain their top tier status by the skin of their teeth.

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With financial problems plaguing their summer transfer business, many fans of the Merseyside outfit are expecting a third consecutive scrap at the bottom of the table.

Despite Everton fans enduring a very difficult time with their beloved club, Cundy was shocked when asked if they would prefer to be relegated.

Responding to Goldstein on talkSPORT, the former defender said: “How patronising is that?

“There is something to be said for going home once your team have played and win. The difference between winning and losing is dramatic. My whole week can be ruined.

“But who are they beating? Who are they up against?”

Everton would be arrogant to think they would win promotion after one season

While Andy Goldstein’s point is that Everton would be guaranteed to return to the Premier League, they would be far from that if they were eventually relegated.

Big clubs who drop down to the Championship often believe they can just come straight back up and have a fresh start, just like Southampton and Leicester City fans are probably thinking.

However, there are plenty of examples where that just isn’t the case.

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Sunderland, who also struggled with financial difficulties, were relegated after 10 years in the Premier League and found themselves in the third tier only a year later. Six years on and they still haven’t clawed their way back to the top flight.

Meanwhile, Burnley are the only club to win automatic promotion from the 2021-22 season’s bottom three, with Norwich City and Watford both failing to even finish in the top half of the Championship.

The prospect of dropping down a league and playing in their very expensive new stadium is also a terrifying one financially.

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