Everton prepare for further turmoil as failed takeover leads to player sales, with top scorer Abdoulaye Doucoure calling for stability in the club

Everton prepare for further turmoil as failed takeover leads to player sales, with top scorer Abdoulaye Doucoure calling for stability in the club

Everton fans could get used to this. A day in the sunshine watching the Toffees win in a stress-free environment. With safety already achieved, the result did not matter in the grand scheme of things. Sadly, more chaos awaits.

The eight-month saga over a proposed takeover by Miami-based 777 Partners is dead in the water. But owner Farhad Moshiri has still not sold his 94.1 per cent stake.

Director of football Kevin Thelwell wrote in his programme notes on Saturday that players would have to be sold as points deductions have led to ‘anxiety and uncertainty’. The latest accounts showed an £89.1m loss.

Out-of-contract players would be given ‘clarity’ on their situation, he added. Six stars’ deals run out. 

Captain Seamus Coleman headlines that list alongside Idrissa Gana Gueye.

Everton players would have to be sold in the summer after points deductions have led to ‘anxiety and uncertainty’ at the club

Abdoulaye Doucoure insists he is happy at the club (middle) but wants more 'stability'

Abdoulaye Doucoure insists he is happy at the club (middle) but wants more ‘stability’

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has still not sold his 94.1 per cent stake after the recent failed takeover

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has still not sold his 94.1 per cent stake after the recent failed takeover

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Top scorer Abdoulaye Doucoure insists he is happy at the club, and Everton can trigger a contract extension when his deal runs out at the end of next season.

‘My situation is not the priority now,’ said the midfielder. ‘I’m very secure here. 

‘Obviously we want more stability in the club. I just want to enjoy it, to play free and win games.’

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