Everton manager, Sean Dyche has called for referees to be more understanding when it comes to punishing managers for showing emotion on the touchline.
The 52-year-old is banned from the technical area as his side travel to the Etihad Stadium this wekeend after accumulating a yellow card in the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Dyche claimed the rulings he was booked for protesting were “really bad decisions.”
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Speaking ahead of the Toffees clash with Manchester City on Saturday, Dyche said: “I think there should be a bit more tolerance.
“The fourth official is there and if deep down they are thinking the referee might have that one wrong, I don’t see why you are booked for it.
“That is the moment when they should use a bit of their game understanding and say ‘OK, he maybe got that one wrong, but we need you to stay in the technical area’. I think that can be a calming down moment.
“Some managers are running all over the place but no bookings. You see managers running up and down the line cheering goals or whatever they do and nothing is done. So which one is it then? The rules have got to be the same for everyone.”
The good news for the Everton faithful is that midfielder Amadou Onana is in contention to make the starting XI for Saturday’s early kick-off.
The Belgium international has been side-lined for the last couple of games after sustaining a knee injury in the Blues’ FA Cup Fourth Round tie with Luton Town.
Dyche said: “Amadou has been back out on the grass, and we will pick the team accordingly.”
The injury update provided was not all positive though, with fellow central midfielders Andre Gomes and Abdoulaye Doucoure confirmed to be missing the clash in Manchester.
It was revealed that the latter is training again but still has some way to go in his recovery.
Also unavailable is Arnaut Danjuma, who misses the weekend’s fixture due to an ankle injury.
“On a better note, Youngy (Ashley Young) continues to get fully fit. Seamus (Coleman) would have had a full week’s training with the team, which is good,” said Dyche.
Dyche’s side face an uphill battle against Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning side with the tie kicking off at the earlier time of 12:30pm.