Everton’s financial troubles seem to be getting worse by the day. An auditor’s report produced in March stated that the Merseyside club was facing possible sanctions for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. Then on Friday news surfaced that the Toffees could even receive a Premier League points deduction. Now, auditors claim that relegation would threaten the club’s ability to operate.

The Blues announced further financial bad news on Friday. Their accounts showed a loss of about $55 million for the 2021/22 campaign. This was the fifth consecutive season that the club have reported a loss. In total, Everton have $550 million in combined losses over the last five seasons.

Under the current Premier League financial rules, teams can’t exceed $128 million in losses over a three-year period. Everton, however, have far surpassed this total. Not only is the club facing fines and even a points deduction, but Premier League relegation could put the club into truly disastrous waters.

Auditors remain pessimistic as Everton try to calm nerves

Everton’s chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale has attempted to calm supporters by claiming that the Merseyside club is still in a secure position. She backed up these sentiments by praising owner Farhad Moshiri. Moshiri has provided an additional $86 million since the last financial year ended. Nevertheless, auditors are not as optimistic.

“Should the club be relegated, it will require additional financial support from its majority shareholder,” club auditors detailed in the report released on Friday. “These matters indicate that a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt over on the group’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

Cutbacks have hindered the team on the pitch

Everton have been in cost-cutting mode for more than a year now. Staff payments have reduced by about $25 million during this timeframe. However, broadcasting revenue is down and overall debt is on the rise due to the Bramley-Moore stadium project. The club’s position in the table is also influencing how many Everton matches are aired on live television.

The Toffees currently sit 15th in the Premier League table, but are just two points clear of the relegation zone. A possible points deduction could be the final nail in the team’s coffin. League officials expect a decision on Everton’s financial violations before the end of the current season.

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