The Whites are in the Championship through no fault but their own after finishing 19th in the Premier League last season in dismal fashion.
However, there can be grievances aired given that Everton have been quite publicly in breach of financial fair play regulations in the meantime, staying up two seasons in a row under Frank Lampard and then Sean Dyche.
Everton points deduction latest
Today came confirmation that Everton have been hit with a 10-point deduction by the Premier League, pushing them down to 19th in the table, level on points with rock-bottom Sheffield United.
It comes after a lengthy independent investigation found them guilty of breaches over profit and sustainability rules pertaining to how much money each club is allowed to lose, to which the Toffees massively overshot in the three-year period being monitored.
Everton’s statement read as a defiant stance against the ruling, pointing to other potential charges to Premier League clubs that aren’t reaching the same brutal conclusions.
What part did Leeds play in it?
The Athletic’s David Ornstein has now shared that Leeds’ CEO Angus Kinnear is partly responsible for the league conducting an investigation into Everton’s finances.
He shares that Kinnear and his Burnley counterpart Alan Pace wrote to the league about the Toffees:
“In March 2022, the club posted a loss of £120.9million in their annual accounts for the 2020-21 period, which prompted greater scrutiny, along with anger from fellow strugglers Leeds and Burnley.
“A joint letter signed off by Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear and Burnley chairman Alan Pace is thought to have prompted the Premier League investigation.”
Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?
Outside the playoffs
We can’t blame Everton for ourselves being relegated, but Burnley definitely can, and that’s where it isn’t fair.
The issue for Leeds is that we had to sell star players in order to keep ourselves within the financial margins specified, but if we knew the only punishment would be a 10-point deduction after the fact, then we would have flouted the rules too.
It’s insulting for other clubs that work within the margins that other teams can get away with it, and that’s the argument Kinnear is making.
Everton are right to argue that Man City and Chelsea need to have the book thrown at them too, having done far worse than the Toffees.