What The Papers Say – 11 May
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Sean Dyche says any contract talks for his players will be dealt with at the end of this season.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Dyche is keen for the focus of his squad to remain entirely towards on-pitch matters ahead of their final three Premier League games.
“The Club’s well aware of the (contract) situations, I can assure you,” said the Everton manager. “We’ve had to be realistic because, at this time, the focus has to remain on the pitch, and it has to remain on what we’re all doing – not just one or two players.
“We want everyone’s noses all pointing in the right direction. Certainly, the recent performances – the last two particularly – have given a real strong view that when everyone is pushing in the right direction and the delivery of performances is there, then we can be very competitive. We’ve got to do that over the next three games.
“I’m not going to give big words about situations because the main focus remains on getting the job done. That’s what I was brought here to do, at the end of the day. I was brought here to help this club to get it done this season, and to allow it time to continue the growth in the remodelling of it and the rethinking of it.
“I think fans have been very fair since I’ve been here. They’ve supported us on the pitch. There’s been noise off the pitch about different things, but they’ve remained focused on the team and that’s been really important to us. We need that for the next three games. That’s going to help with everything.”
Speaking after Everton’s superb 5-1 win away to Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday, Jamie Carragher has backed Everton to secure Premier League survival.
Quoted by the Liverpool ECHO, the Sky Sports pundit revealed his outlook on the clubs battling to keep their status in the division.
“There’s huge pressure now on Leicester and Leeds,” said Carragher. “I think if Everton and Forest get one more win, they’re okay because Leicester and Leeds would need five points from three games. These are teams on really poor runs.
“I really fear for Leicester. I think it might be over for them by the time they get to West Ham at home on the final day. They’ve got Liverpool at home and Newcastle away – I’m not quite sure how Leicester will get out of that. I don’t see Everton going down now, though.”