Dyche deals with questions on new charge as Everton boss looks to focus on football

The Toffees manager was speaking to the media today in the run-up to tomorrow evening's FA Cup replay against Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace v Everton - Emirates FA Cup Third Round
Crystal Palace v Everton - Emirates FA Cup Third Round / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

In the renewed off-the-field chaos that has surrounded Everton after yesterday's announcement, the Blues boss is looking to concentrate again on football.

Dyche inevitably couldn't ignore the devestating news that the club is once again facing charges for breaching FFP rules.

Of course, there wasn't much he was able to add to what the club has already said in their statement in response to the latest charge.

He did say that obviously he and the players had met to discuss it and were uncertain about the outcome and what impact it would have, especially of course another points deduction.

And it is almost as if the game itself were an intruder, intervening on things even though it is the real bread-and-butter business of the football club.

Let us all hope that returning to events on the pitch rather than off it, will bring some relief for Evertonians after another crazy, traumatic 24 hours.

As for the game tomorrow, Dyche reported on several players fitness with both Seamus Coleman and Abdoulaye Doucoure again potential doubts for the Palace clash.

That is frustrating to hear as both were good in the first match having just returned from injury with Doucoure of course finding the back of the net at Selhurst Park, but having his goal ruled out.

We don't know whether either will be risked by Dyche although there is no Premier League game for another two weeks afterwards. If not then perhaps Nathan Patterson might get another chance at right-back.

There isn't a ready replacement for Doucoure if he can't play and his influence was seen once more last week as Everton ended a five game losing run that had coincided with his absence.

The Blues boss emphaised the need for his team to try and keep the ball better starting with tomorrow evening's replay.

While his side have been genrally good without the ball perhaps too often Everton don't have enough possession or use it as constructively as they should.

A cup replay game would be a good opportunity to see how focused the players are after all these distractions again.

Hopefully, they will reproduce something like the sort of form they exhibited after the November points deduction.

While the FA Cup is not as important as Premier League survival, a decent run in the historic old competition might be a much-needed antidote to all the goings-on in the League.