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Sean Dyche of Everton has been named manager of the season so far, rather than Emery or Postecoglou.

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Everton’s progression this season has been meteoric, and completely unforeseen.

 

For many pundits, the Toffees were set to endure yet another campaign mired with relegation troubles, much like they had done in the last two years.

Surviving by four, and then two points, the trend suggested that they were regressing, and that this year might be their last in the Premier League.

 

Well, Sean Dyche has instantly gone about rectifying that notion, having led his side towards establishing an eight-point gap between themselves and the bottom three.

 

Then, handed the harshest punishment in the top-flight’s 135-year history, the 52-year-old would take it in stride to immediately move from 19th to 17th.

He deserves his flowers, especially after failing to win his opening five league games this term.

Now, speaking to BBC Sport, former Everton winger Pat Nevin has implored English football to give him the respect he deserves.

 

He noted: ‘Everton would now be only four points off European football if it wasn’t for their recent 10-point deduction.

Right now, there is a decent argument for Sean Dyche to be manager of the season alongside Ange Postecoglou and Unai Emery. They have struggled against relegation for the last two years solid and suddenly they are solid themselves. What a job.’

 

How has Sean Dyche improved Everton?

The improvements made under the former Burnley boss are stark, and clear for all to see.

 

After all, the recent run of form they are enjoying is unlike anything they have seen since Carlo Ancelotti was at the helm, having won nine of their last 13 across all competitions.

His work in solidifying a threadbare and confidence-shy backline has been integral in building the foundation for such success, thus transferring that proficiency further up the field.

 

Even if they have at times been blighted by their profligacy in front of goal, their record of 20 goals scored after just 16 games has them on track to demolish last season’s tally of 34 league goals.

 

Similarly, the five clean sheets Jordan Pickford boasts are second only to Arsenal and Newcastle’s six.

 

To have this kind of figures with a side that has narrowly escaped relegation is an achievement surely worth putting beside a Tottenham Hotspur side who last season finished eighth, now moved to fifth, or an Aston Villa side going from seventh to third.

Should they maintain this vicious upward trajectory, the sky truly is the limit for Dyche and his revived Everton side.

 

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