The responsibility of the players

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Never, in 25 years reading and contributing to this site, have I seen football sidelined so significantly. Commissions, lawyers and finance are, understandably, just taking over. It seems like there are two types of thread and the Chelsea v Everton thread will likely take second place to what might happen off the pitch.

It really shouldn't. It is entirely linked. Sean Dyche and his squad will carry on, doing their best and thinking that what happens off the field is out of their hands. It isn't; it is monumentally in their hands and it is the duty of the coach to make it clear that they can have a profound effect on what happens to our club.

Win four in a row and suddenly relegation isn't an issue in the financial wrangling. Being a Premier League club for another year changes things. Win four, draw two and any points deduction can be survived. 

What better motivation? Whether Dyche picks Patterson, whether Onana and Calvert-Lewin are fit are not separate issues from 777 Partners. They are fundamentally what makes us a viable club. Dyche and his team may take the view that what is going on behind the scenes is nothing to do with them. It is. They can take the "crisis club Everton" label and tear it up, kick it out and be heros. 

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