Everton fans were furious as deadline day passed with the club failing to make a single signing in January.
The Toffees are languishing in 19th place, facing the very real prospect of dropping out of the Premier League for the first time.
Sean Dyche was hired to replace Frank Lampard on Monday and there was an expectation that he would be backed with some signings.
The club sold Anthony Gordon to Newcastle for £40million, rising to £45m, and it was thought this money would be reinvested to the playing squad.
However, Everton could not get any deals over the line. It leaves Dyche’s squad in worse shape than when he joined.
It lead to a small number of fans gathering outside the club’s Finch Farm training base to express their fury.
A huge banner that had the pictures of owner Farhad Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright, and director Denise Barrett-Baxendale and read: “Liars.”
Another read: “Get out of our club.”
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Everton were linked with a number of players across the window and it was expected there would be at least one incoming.
A bid was made for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, but he stayed at Stamford Bridge.
Che Adams, Lucas Moura, Moussa Dembele and Marko Arnautovic were among the other played linked with a Goodison Park switch.
Even a move for veteran winger Andre Ayew was mooted, but that never materialised.
Dyche will now be tasked with improving with the players he has, rather than use new signings to boost his ranks.
Fans will no doubt get behind the 51-year-old, but expect plenty of fury to be directed at the club’s hierarchy.
After being appointed Everton boss, Dyche said: “We want to bring back a good feeling. We need the fans, we need unity and we need everyone aligned. That starts with us as staff and players.
“Our aim is to put out a team that works, that fights and wears the badge with pride. The connection with the fans can then grow very quickly because they’re so passionate.
“There is quality in this squad. But we have to make them shine. That’s the job of me and my staff.”
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