'Players like Branthwaite will have to be sold to raise funds'

Chief football writer Phil McNulty

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty has been answering your questions on all things Premier League.

Rich asked: Another year and another scrape by the skin of our teeth with Everton. With the spectre of administration and a protracted takeover, we have had years and years of this. Squad aside, what is the future for Everton? When will our luck run out?

Phil answered: I wish I could tell you when I could see a brighter or more optimistic future for Everton but at the moment I cannot.

The 777 takeover sounds fraught with difficulties and their track record rightly concerns fans. I suspect the best players like Jarrad Branthwaite will have to be sold to raise funds and will there even be decent money for replacements?

It is a dreadful situation, but at least they are in the Premier League next season and will move into a magnificent new stadium for the start of the next campaign.

These are the positives, but these are also very hard times and I feel very sorry for a brilliant, supportive fanbase.