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Everton need to sack Sam Allardyce

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 6 May 2018

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I would just like address all those media darlings and neutral fans who say that Sam Allardyce has done a good job at Everton. Yes, he has kept us up, but we were five points clear of the drop zone when took over.

Some make it sound like he took over a situation as Roy Hodgson did at Crystal Palace, where the team was bottom and confidence was terrible. Some may even make the Toffees situation seem like Swansea’s when Carlos Carvalhal took over.

My point is, both bosses have taken their teams off the bottom of the table, turned them around and in Palace’s case kept them in the Premier League. Swansea now also have a fighting chance of survival, with their fate in their own hands.

In truth, Allardyce have improved on results under Ronald Koeman. However, he has also introduced his trademark dire style of football into the team. Every set of fans of Allardyce ’s former clubs, excluding Bolton fans, seem to be of the same about Allardyce.

Truly awful to watch

I was one of those who advocated the short-term appointment of Sam Allardyce out of sheer panic. Boy how I regret that now. We are eighth-place in the table, but who says another boss could not have managed that achievement?

This season there are more dross teams than ever in the top-flight. Everton are one of those. Under Allardyce watching the team has been likely pulling your fingernails out. The performance against struggling Southampton on Saturday summed up Allardyce’s, hopefully, short reign on Merseyside.

The Blues needed a 96th minute deflected equaliser from young Tom Davies to salvage a draw against a side that could be playing Championship football next season. Watching the game it was hard to identify which team was 18th and which was eighth-place. However, it is the Saints who are 11/8 to suffer relegation.

Allardyce believes his own hype

All Allardyce has done since he has arrived at the club is talking himself up. The way he talks, it sounds like he truly believes he is a top boss and not just a firefighter. He has tried to sell Evertonian’s his own very particular brand of BS, which Everton fans just will not take.

Some of the stuff that comes out of the veteran boss’s mouth is simply ridiculous. He has patronised, angered and frustrated the majority of the Blues fans. Allardyce even accused the Toffees fans of being ungrateful for his and the player’s efforts.

Is that the efforts to make our team the least watchable and unbearable team to watch in the league? Alternatively, is that the efforts to completely kill any sort of attacking or stylish football?

Everton fans are accused of being unrealistic in our aims by neutrals. However, I am sure that having more than one shot on goal against struggling teams is not too much to ask.

The Toffees may now be harder to beat, but that is because we offer such little attacking threat. I feel sorry for Turkish striker Cenk Tosun. The former Besiktas striker has been feeding off scraps since he arrived on Merseyside. He has shown that given the chances he will score goals. Maybe next season Cenk lad!

Major managerial changes

Allardyce did not attend the annual lap of honour, nor did the majority of Everton fans who attended the game, as the season has been such a car crash.

What did Allardyce expect? Did he believe Everton fans would be grateful to score a goal or stay in the top-flight with a goal difference of -12? No, we are not happy and the clubs hierarchy must be crazy if they want to keep the former Bolton boss next season.

The club doesn’t just need a change of head coach, the whole managerial structure needs reviewing, as quite simply Everton are a mess as a club. It hurts Blues fans to see the club in this state.

Evertonian’s heralded the arrival of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri as a new beginning the former Arsenal shareholder now needs to act. Everton fans cannot be any clearer on their feelings about the situation.

If he does not act and Everton continue to employ Allardyce, I fear that there may be a lot of Evertonian’s recent apathy towards the club turning to widespread desertion. Finding a new first-team boss will not solve all the Blues problems, but it will be a start for Evertonian’s who have had to watch the drivel that Allardyce serves up on a regular basis.

Will Sam Allardyce be Everton boss next season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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