Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has doubted some of his players' loyalty and said that they are free to leave the club if they are dissatisfied.
Everton's European ambitions seem to be in jeopardy after Sunday's home loss to bottom-placed
They are presently ninth in thePremier League
table, but their position could fluctuate between sixth and tenth based on their own and other teams' outcomes - they face
on Wednesday and
Ancelotti slammed his players' contribution during the shock defeat as "unacceptable" and chastised his team's inconsistencies, pointing to the fact that it was their ninth defeat at Goodison Park this season.
"I don't want to have players here who are unhappy," Ancelotti said. "If there are some players that are not happy to stay where they can ask to leave.
"I want to have players that want to stay at Everton and feel part of this project.
"That is for all players. There is no player I can force to stay here. But I told them this recently. They know. If someone is not happy they have to leave.
"An unhappy player is not going to be a good part of this project."
The 61-year-old Ancelotti said he was "embarrassed" by his team's home form this season after the latest loss and is hoping that the return of spectators for their final league match at Goodison against Wolves would wake his players up.
When it comes to the reaction he expects from his players, the Italian tactician said:
"I don't want to nominate players but most of them, the commitment for the game [against Sheffield United] was absolutely not good.
"It was unacceptable because the game was so important. I hope for a reaction tomorrow."