Everton’s Punishment Justified
Dave Hendrick spoke on Anfield Index, expressing a blunt view on Everton’s recent 10-point deduction due to financial irregularities.
“Everton have been docked 10 points, which is not necessarily enough, but certainly a good punishment for their cheating,” Hendrick stated.
He elaborated on the club’s shock and disappointment, hinting at an inevitable appeal to avoid lawsuits from relegated teams due to Everton’s actions.
Hendrick’s perspective is clear: Everton’s survival in the Premier League led to the relegation of other clubs, notably citing Burnley’s financial losses and the impact on other teams.
Financial Mismanagement By Everton
Hendrick pointed out that Everton’s first accusations of breaking profit and sustainability rules surfaced during the 2021-22 season.
He emphasized that if Everton had been penalized then, teams like Burnley might have avoided relegation.
The discussion highlighted Everton’s precarious financial state, impending lawsuits, and the burden of a new stadium they can’t afford.
“This is going to get messy,” Hendrick warned, foreseeing a complex legal battle ahead for Everton.
Charges Against Man City And Potential Consequences
Shifting focus to Manchester City, Hendrick brought up the 115 charges against them, only covering up to 2018. He suggested that City’s punishment, if similar to Everton’s, might not be as impactful.
“Relegating them… won’t really punish them at all. It’ll slow them down for a year or two, but that’s it,” he stated. Hendrick strongly advocated for stripping City of their titles, insisting that relegation alone wouldn’t suffice.
According to him, independent auditors should oversee the club’s operations to ensure compliance with financial fair play rules.
Title Stripping Is Necessary
In Hendrick’s view, stripping titles is the only way to effectively punish clubs like City and Chelsea for their financial misdeeds.
He drew parallels with Juventus’s title stripping and Saracens’ relegation in rugby, underscoring the importance of removing illegally obtained titles from the record books.
Liverpool Players in Action
The podcast also touched on international football, highlighting performances by Liverpool players like Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez, and Mohamed Salah. Hendrick praised Salah’s consistent excellence, despite the lower caliber of some opponents.
The discussion briefly veered towards Liverpool’s transfer strategy, particularly the loan move of Fabio Carvalho and potential future signings. Hendrick questioned the wisdom of certain loan decisions and expressed support for investing in young talent.
Dave Hendrick’s analysis on presents a hard-hitting critique of financial irregularities in football, emphasizing the need for severe penalties like points deductions and title stripping.
His comments reflect a growing concern about financial fairness in the sport and the impact of such practices on the integrity of competitions.