Who is the bigger crisis club?


Miserable, and now risk a future points deduction under FFP. Registering a loss of £44.7 million takes some effort in a league where almost every club brings in at least £100m a season, but it’s actually an improvement on previous years. A wage to turnover ratio of 90 per cent is the culprit, an obscene situation given the state of Everton’s squad. Accounting notes last week said the club could struggle to continue in the event of relegation. Crisis Score: 9/10

On the field

Few have recruited as bad as Everton in the last decade. Squad is short on inspiration and valuable marketable assets, which could be the priority. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is about to return from another injury, but he is carrying too much weight on his shoulders. If they hold up, Sean Dyche can build around a viable backbone of Jordan Pickford, James Tarkowski, Amadou Onana and Calvert-Lewin. Crisis Score: 7/10


If there’s hope at Everton, it’s in Dyche. The club has tried firefighters (Sam Allardyce), newcomers (Marco Silva, Frank Lampard) and big names (Carlo Ancelotti, Rafael Benitez). Now they appear to have made a sensible deal with a record of over-achievement in the Premier League. Some supporters at other clubs would balk at his style of football, but he has the support of Merseyside fans after an encouraging start with some impressive wins. Crisis score: 2/10


When Farhad Moshiri and his billions arrived, there was optimistic talk of Everton as the next Manchester City. Seven years, eight managers, and dozens of underwhelming signings later, they’ve somehow been rejected. Relying on Moshiri’s generosity to remain solvent, but his rule is defined by capriciousness. A new stadium should secure the future, but most clubs go through a few lean years after getting used to and paying for a new ground. Any slimmer than this and Everton will starve. Crisis Score: 8/10

Fan unhappy

Goodison Park is still sold out, away supporters are as loud as ever, but members of the board who are advised not to attend matches do not speak of a happy couple. Much of the anger has been directed at the board as a whole, especially Bill Kenwright, who told angry fans outside a game last season, “you’ve had some good times.” It doesn’t look like it, after 28 years without a trophy. Crisis score 8/10

Overall crisis score