Everton Blasted Before Derby

LONDON-- Everton manager Howard Kendall has warned his struggling side that some players may be shown the door if they do not show more passion ahead of Saturday's intense city derby with Liverpool.

Everton, struggling down in the relegation zone in the English premier league, was knocked out of the League Cup on Wednesday after a miserable 4-1 defeat by unglamorous Coventry.

Kendall was seen arguing with his players on the pitch after the match. Annoyed that his team is letting down the fans, he has hinted at wholesale changes for the home clash with Liverpool, regarded by the Goodison Park faithful as the match of the season.

"I am not prepared to be in a position where you lose the respect of the fans," Kendall said. "We need players who are prepared to work hard, to tackle. ... I want to see the passion, everyone wants to see it.

"Maybe the players are too comfortable, too well off. Even so, you should still have pride in your performance. Look at the top clubs who are challenging for honors. Their players are well paid but they are still up there."

Everton has been one of the clubs said to be interested in bringing England midfielder Paul Gascoigne back to the premier league.

Kendall, whose own job could be in danger if Everton's form does not improve quickly, is clearly ready to sell players if necessary.

"Players here have got to show me they want to be part of this club," he said. "If they don't, then it would be the same at other clubs, the manager would be looking to bring in players who do want to do it.

"When players don't perform to a certain level ... I do feel their days are numbered. There is no need for motivation [for the Liverpool derby] but I want to see consistency."

Everton has a good record against Liverpool, seventh and seven points behind leaders Arsenal, in recent years.