Friday, November 16, 2018

Everton sacking Sam Allardyce the right decision

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 16 May 2018

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Everton have dispensed with the services of veteran boss Sam Allardyce. The former England boss held a short meeting with the clubs majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Wednesday morning, where he was informed that we will no longer be in charge of the Toffees

The decision has not been a major shock, as the former Bolton boss was very unpopular with Evertonian’s not just due to the team’s style of play and but sheer his arrogance at times.

Allardyce was never the right man to take Everton forward

Everton started the season in a mess after a horrendous run of games early in the campaign. Allardyce arrived with the Toffees 13th place in the table, five points clear of the relegation zone.

To suggest that he helped the Blues avoid relegation would be wrong, as no team suffers relegation in November. However, it appears that certain sections of the Blues hierarchy panicked about the team’s position, which led to Allardyce’s appointment.

Everybody knows Allardyce’s style of play is not easy on the eye. However, some of the displays under Allardyce have truly shocked even Everton fans.

Some outsiders have claimed the Toffees should be grateful that Allardyce guided us to eighth-place in the table. However, the sheer lack of attacking intent from the team was frightening. Despite having barely any attacking threat in many games under Allardyce, the Blues conceded more goals under Allardyce than they scored.

The fact that the veteran boss congratulated himself on every win, only to blame the players for every defeat added to the torture of the Blues fans. His self-promotion was unbelievable. However, he is laughing all the way to the bank, as reportedly the 63-year-old will have the rest of his contract paid up in full, which amounts to around £6million. He will no doubt be back at another panicking club next season.

A Hierarchy shake-up

Allardyce leaving is not the only much-needed change at the club. For the last few years, the people running the club have created a mess. We have gone from a skint, well-run outfit to a club with loads of money but no style, plan or direction, on and off-the-pitch.

It seems majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has now acted to put things right at the top of the club. Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale is the clubs new CEO replacing Robert Elstone, who returns to Super League after 13 years on Merseyside. The professor is highly regarded by many within the game.

Dr Keith Harris steps up to deputy chairman replacing Keith Woods, who is reportedly set to sell his remaining shares to Moshiri so that the Iranian businessman will increase his stake in the club.

These could be important changes to the way the club is run. Everton have been left behind many of their rivals when it comes to the commercial side of the game. Alexander Ryazantsev will move from a member of the board to the role of chief finance and commercial officer, hopefully helping to move the club forward.

Who will be the next Everton boss?

The favourite to be next Everton boss is Marco Silva at odds of 1/ 2. The Portuguese boss was the Toffees first choice as Ronald Koeman’s permanent replacement last season, but then-club Watford refused the Toffees permission to speak to Silva.

The Hornets have launched an official complaint about the Toffees alleged behaviour. The Hertfordshire club sacked Silva after Everton’s interest disrupted the Hornets campaign. Any move from the Blues could prove problematic.

The other main candidate appears to be Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca. Silva’s compatriot has built a strong reputation for himself with the Ukrainian giants. His style of football would definitely be more akin to that hoped for by the Everton fans.

The likes of Patrick Vieira, Louis van Gaal and even Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe have been mooted as possible replacements for Allardyce. To be frank, nobody could produce worse football than Allardyce.

Watching Everton play under Sam Allardyce on a weekly basis was the football equivalent of taking sleeping pills. At least after taking sleeping pills you might feel refreshed when you wake up. All you feel after watching one of Allardyce’s team play is numb. It got to the point were usually loyal and passionate Evertonian’s suffered apathy towards the team.

I really do hope that the clubs next manager brings a brighter future. A few shots on target a game would be enough for most Blues. At least the Toffees can now look towards the future and try to forget what has been a torrid season.

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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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