Thank you Sean Dyche - now we need someone like you in the Everton boardroom

Everton manager Sean Dyche
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It was a season of ups and downs for Everton with the club’s supporters once again being putting through a whole range of emotions.

On the pitch, the Blues, despite being hit with two separate points deductions, managed to defy the odds and preserve their top-flight status with a month of the campaign to go. The highlight of the campaign was undoubtedly the 2-0 Merseyside derby victory over Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Off the pitch, however, confusion still reigns, with Everton's protracted takeover by 777 Partners now seemingly in the water and John Textor emerging as a possible new owner of the club.

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So, with everything in mind, our Blues jury are back for one final time this season...

Paul McParlan - A season like no other!

It really was the season that no Everton fan could quite have imagined. And it would have been an absolute blockbuster on any streaming service.

Evertonians weren’t exactly high on optimism when our keynote signing appeared to be the 37-year-old Ashley Young, who arrived on a free transfer. The acquisition of Beto and Youssef Chermiti on 'buy now, pay later' deals summed up the desperate state of Everton’s finances. On the positive side, it meant the hapless Neal Maupay could head out to Brentford on loan.

The season did not start well; Everton lost their first four home games, scoring one paltry goal in the process, despite the xG stats indicating that we should have scored far more. This failure to convert chances was to be a recurring problem throughout the campaign.

And then, with Jarrad Branthwaite imperious in defence and Dominic Calvert-Lewin back to full fitness, the team started finding the net, picking up wins, and moving up the table. Unfortunately, any growing feelings of optimism were shattered on November 17, when the club received an unprecedented 10-point deduction for breaching PSR regulations. We were back in the drop zone. The chief executive of the Premier League, the smug, sanctimonious Richard Masters, had found his prey, a far easier target than the apparently untouchable Manchester City.

The players responded in stunning fashion. With an indignant and aggrieved fan base totally united behind them, Everton won four of the next five games to comfortably move away from the relegation zone. And although we did not know it at the time, the 2-0 win at Burnley on December 16 saw us reach 26 points, enough to have kept us up!

The New Year started in the worst possible fashion. No new signings arrived, and a calamitous run of 14 games without a win gave many Evertonians sleepless nights. Even the return of four points on appeal was soon diminished by a further two-point sanction in April.

Just when relegation seemed back on the horizon, with some fans calling for the manager's head after a crushing 6-0 humiliation away at Chelsea, Everton came back to life. A stunning finale saw the Toffees win their last five home games without conceding a goal, including a memorable dismantling of Jurgen Klopp’s team, which left their title hopes in tatters! Who didn’t enjoy singing ‘You lost the league at Goodison Park’ that night?

Everton would have earned 48 points without the eight-point penalty, enough to see them finish 12th in the table. Sean Dyche has produced a team with a rock-solid defence and found a way to win matches. It has been a season of progress on the field, although the chaos of the ownership saga remains in the background.

It was an utter rollercoaster of a campaign, but when it mattered most, Everton delivered. And now, let’s make our final season at Goodison Park one to remember!

Alex McMonnies - The last season at Goodison Park is just around the corner

How do you summarise a season quite as eventful as the one that has just passed?

In the last nine months, Everton have had to contend with a takeover saga, the passing of the chairman, two points deductions, and a three-month winless run, among many other things that have threatened to derail their campaign. And yet somehow, they have managed to come out the other end practically unscathed and, more importantly, still very much a Premier League club.

I know it's a drum that I, and many others, have been banging for so long, but Sean Dyche deserves so much praise for the job he has done this season. He has been right in the heart of all the aforementioned chaos, and through it all, he has remained the calmest man in L4, getting the Toffees over the line with three matches to spare - a feat that would have seemed impossible at the beginning of the season, especially with eight points taken off our final total. I am beginning to question just what else the footballing Gods can throw at this man that might finally faze him, because surely no manager in Premier League history has had to contend with just as much as Dyche has this season.

And the job is hardly going to get any easier, with sales appearing necessary this summer if the Toffees are to remain sustainable financially. The likes of Jarrad Branthwaite, Amadou Onana and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will surely have plenty of suitors, and the club is almost certainly going to have to utilise a combination of free agents and loanees in order to replace them should they be sold. Kevin Thelwell has some job in his hands in the coming months.

We also still await new owners, with the 777 deal looking all but dead after almost nine months of dragging on. Now more than ever, the supporters deserve open communication. They have played their part in keeping the club afloat for a third season running, but this can't go on forever.

The last season at Goodison Park is just around the corner, and Everton need to be looking upwards going into their new stadium rather than teetering on the brink as they currently are. Dyche has proved to be an adept firefighter when it comes to on-field matters, and the club now needs someone similar in the boardroom.

Luke Davies - A season to be proud of

As another season has ended at this point, we normally look forward to the next. However, let’s dive into what happened last season first.

The season started with a huge issue: home defeats against Fulham and Wolves, despite many chances, set the alarm bells ringing. The Toffees had to wait until October 7 to taste victory at Goodison Park. The form was patchy throughout November; five wins in six fixtures provided a welcome lift.

Everything seemed to be running smoothly until the points deduction chaos. Then we entered a gloomy winter, but it started positively with wins at Brentford and Burnley. Little did we know that the win at Turf Moor would be our last until beating the Clarets at Goodison Park on April 6. The relief did not last long as we were trounced by six goals to nil at Stamford Bridge - it was crunch time.

The players and management group coped admirably with the pressure, beating relegation rivals Nottingham Forest, smashing Liverpool, and edging past Brentford all in the space of six days. It could have been another nail-biting end to the season, but it ended up being rather leisurely. This all happened with question marks about ownership hovering; the questions are yet to be answered.

Now it’s time for the EFC Jury Awards. First, Jordan Pickford deserves the Player of the Season award for his typically consistent performances. But James Tarkowski deserves a mention for his leadership and grit - something Everton have lacked for many years.

For Young Player of the Season, there can only be one - Jarrad Branthwaite took to the Premier League like a seasoned professional. Hopefully, the Blues can keep hold of the defender for another season. If not, at least command a huge fee to lighten the financial burden on the club.

Finally, I’d like to apologise to Sean Dyche for the doubts I had during the barren spell; he has proved me and many others wrong and deserves a huge amount of gratitude. Thank you, Sean.

Enjoy your summer, Blues. Let’s see what next season brings.