The 2023/24 Premier League table has changed radically after it was announced Everton have been handed a ten-point deduction after being found to have breached profit and sustainability rules.
The penalty comes into immediate effect which means the Toffees' place in the Premier League table — and the clubs around them — changes straight away. It is the biggest points deduction that has been handed out in the history of the division.
In a statement responding to the ruling, Everton said they are «shocked and disappointed» by the decision and confirmed appeal proceedings have started.
Here is how the 2023/24 Premier League table has changed following Everton's points deduction.
Everton have not enjoyed a brilliant start to the season under Sean Dyche but they have shown enough to suggest they will not be in the thick of the relegation battle, albeit with a lot of games still to play.
At the time of the deduction, Dyche's side were sitting in 14th place. It is a club that wants to be higher and expects as much generally, but they had an eight-point buffer over the first relegation spot which was occupied by Luton Town.
A ten-point penalty after just 12 games of a season could realistically take a 14th-placed team straight down to the bottom, but Everton are saved in that regard by just how poor the three newly promoted teams have been so far.
They will drop down to 19th, level on points with Burnley at the bottom but with a better goal difference.
Those around the Toffees will be pleased that one team has been placed much further beneath them, as every position matters from a financial perspective.
In truth, Everton's run of three wins in their last five games suggests they have what it takes to overhaul the newly-imposed deficit.Read on 90min.com