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Sean Dyche breaks silence on Everton FFP appeal verdict as Nottingham Forest await fate



Everton manager Sean Dyche is grateful for the clarity their successful appeal against a 10-point deduction has brought, as Nottingham Forest await their fate.


Everton’s long wait for a decision on their punishment for breaching profitability and sustainability rules was ended this week when the penalty was reduced to six points.


There is another case still pending for an alleged breach in their latest set of accounts, but for now Dyche is looking to capitalise on the boost the appeal decision has provided.


Everton are now above Forest in the Premier League table after having four points restored to their total, while Forest wait to


discover their own fate after being charged by the Premier League in January and referred to an independent commission.


The Reds are expected to face the commission next week and could face sanctions, including a points deduction.


We’re pleased we have got something back, obviously,” said Dyche.


“You are always greedy and want more and more, but the points the club put forward have been listened to and we have got the four points back.


We will take that and now it brings clarity to the situation, which is good for us and the players, but good for all actually.


We’ve certainly parked that now because it’s become a fact; a line has been drawn under it and the players are clear on it.


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We take on the rest of the season with an open mind.”


Dyche admits the long delay in receiving a verdict had started to play on the players’ minds, but praised their ability to remain focused.


“It does start to creep in eventually. To be fair to these players, it took a long time for that to happen,” he said.


We were all waiting, the noise gets bigger and bigger – ‘when’s it coming?’ – and the players hear all that and I thought they have


stayed pretty steadfast in performance levels. The league table looks different and now it is about using that wisely and stepping on.”


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