Everton are delaying a decision on England defender Connor Coady and others – with manager Sean Dyche keen to secure Premier League status before committing to players’ futures
Everton are putting long-standing decisions on England defender Connor Cody and other players on hold until it is clear which division they will be in next season.
Cody, who is part of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, joined Everton on loan from Wolves at the start of the season with the aim of turning it into a permanent £5m transfer.
But since then, Sean Dyche has replaced Frank Lampard as manager and recently accused Everton of allegedly breaching the Premier League’s financial play rules.
The Merseysiders face Tottenham on Monday night with their top-flight status at risk and Dyche says climbing to safety should be the priority.
The former Burnley boss also stressed that Coady was a professional despite being replaced in the starting line-up by Michael Keane.
Everton is pending long-term decisions on England defender Conor Cody and others
Coady is on loan from Wolves and has a £5m option to buy him this summer
But the midfield half recently lost his place in the Toffees’ starting line-up to Michael Keane
Sean Dyche is putting decisions on hold until it becomes clear which division they will be in next season
Aside from contract cases that were already in the works, like Jordan Pickford, there’s a sense of ‘let’s get the job done first’.
“The players realize in time that we will have talks with them,” Dycke said.
Conor was awesome. He is a great professional. Everyone will tell you that he and Seamus (Colman) have been like this from a young age and he showed it through the way he handled getting off the side and going about his business.
We will take (his future) in due time. Obviously the main priority (right now) is about the team. Planning and preparing ahead is important but there are certain things that have to happen faster, focus on the pitch and get points on the board.
Dyche also admitted that it cannot be assumed that every player would want to stay at Goodison Park if the team went down.
Sometimes people think it’s my direction from a club or a manager. It is not always so. Players want to know what’s going on in terms of how they’re taken care of, staying in the Premier League and all that stuff.
I can talk about what we do but they may see it differently. It’s always a two way situation.
“Sometimes three or four ways with the number of clients involved at present!”