The club had revealed yesterday via a short statement that the former England boss was travelling to Finch Farm to complete the formalities of his contract and he then attended last night's game against his old club, West Ham, from the Directors' Box at Goodison Park.
The arrangement represents an apparent compromise between the two parties, with Allardyce agreeing to a shorter 18-month term than the three years he was reportedly after when he first discussed succeeding Ronald Koeman last month.
Everton, meanwhile, are believed to be paying him £6m a year, a substantial increase on the £2.5m annual salary he was on at Crystal Palace last season.
“I'm delighted to confirm Sam as our new manager," major shareholder Farhad Moshiri said. "His strong leadership will bring great motivation and get the best out of players.
“Sam understands the long-term ambitions we have for this great club and I know he is a man who gives it his all and is focused 24 hours a day on the club."
Allardyce, meanwhile, called for unity and commitment from the squad following the Toffee's dreadful start to the season.
“Let's try to get a healthy spirit around the club,” he said. “I think that whatever's happened before we've just got to all rally around. Because we are all in it together and let's all pull in the same direction.
“We have to give the players every possibility to play to their best, really give them no excuses for not playing to their best and get them right back up to the top level we believe they're capable of.
“Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell, whom I worked with at Sunderland. These people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager.”
Known as the man struggling clubs turn to steer them away from relegation, Allardyce has successfully ensured the Premier League safety of , Crystal Palace, West Ham, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers in recent years after initially making his name at Bolton Wanderers.
Though he has become synonymous with the English northwest, he was born and raised in Dudley in the West Midlands before getting his start in football as a player with the Trotters in the 1970s.
His first managerial assignment was also in the northwest with Blackpool before he moved to Notts County, the only club to date where he has overseen relegation, although he was hired too late to save them from the drop to Division Three.
After joining Bolton, he led them to the Premier League and eventually into European competition via a sixth-place finish but left in 2007. A stint at Newcastle followed before he was brought in at Ewood Park, Upton Park, the Stadium of Light and then Selhurst Park to bring stability and order to struggling teams seemingly headed for relegation from the top flight.
Though his achievements at Bolton remain the pinnacle of his managerial career thus far, Allardyce's biggest appointment prior to the Everton job was that of England manager last year.
Hired to replace Roy Hodgson, it was an opportunity he hoped would allow him to dispel his image as a "fire-fighter" and manage at the top of the game. His spell lasted just one match, however, as he was sacked following a sting by the Telegraph in which he was recorded apparently negotiating with an undercover reporter posing as a Far Eastern businessman looking to pay money for help in skirting Fifa's third-party ownership rules of players.
Having rehabilitated his image somewhat when he was taken on by Palace, he elected to retire from the game when they parted company at the end of last season but he has now answered the call from Farhad Moshiri and the Everton board to try and stabilise what has been a chaotic 2017-18 season at Goodison.
His first match in charge will be against Huddersfield Town this weekend. Caretaker boss David Unsworth steps back down to the Under-23s having overseen eight matches that included two wins, two defeats and a draw in the Premier League and three defeats in cup competition.
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1 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:02:00
2 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:02:37
3 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:03:48
4 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:04:48
You're more than just a firefighter. Time to prove it!
5 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:06:03
6 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:06:24
Results will dictate the future be interesting to know what level of budget he'll actually have at his disposal. Unless I'm wrong a few of these present players want shifting on but he'll know that maybe the usual EFC Sell to buy.
I reckon many would agree bearing in mind the performance of some recently and of course Sam will have his cronies to come in.
7 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:06:59
A few tweaks and he will have us playing better in the coming weeks. So let's get behind him.
8 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:09:25
9 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:11:29
Welcome to the best club in the world, Big Sam.
10 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:12:44
11 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:13:46
It is what it is let's get behind him.
13 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:14:27
14 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:16:43
15 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:17:12
16 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:18:41
Can't wait until all of the whingers come on here and complain when we're in the top six and still threaten not to go to the game. Get over yourselves. Support our new Manager and get behind our team.
17 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:21:47
As I said on another thread, I ask one thing of Sam Allardyce: Please do not dump our youngsters, they are our future once you have served your 18 months.
18 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:24:43
How bad would relegation really be? I feel like I am on the Titanic.
19 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:28:12
Now the inevitable has happened we should all get behind him, after all said and done, he has only signed an eighteen month contract.
He may just be the new broom that is needed, because I don't think he tolerates passengers, and shirkers. We have a few on board already, who will have to shape up or ship out.
Be very interesting to see how much he alters the team for Saturday. The difference last night to performances of late, was stark, even though West Ham were poor.
It was amazing to see what confidence does for a side, apart from a short spell in the second half, we dominated the game, the springboard being Pickford's penalty save.
Hopefully he will be able to assess our needs between now and January and given some kitty money, not rocket science I know, but Koeman obviously didn't see it!
20 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:32:35
Your that sure he will get us into the top 6?
Me... I'd prefer a manager with some respect both for his style of football and his honesty and integrity.
As in life you reap what you sow and we have stooped very, very low with this appointment.
The press, as they did when he was England manager will be hounding him for a story of corruption and dodgy dealings, a Leopard cannot change it's spots and every transfer will have them scrutinise it to within an inch of it's life.
Welcome to the Big Sam Circus with Bill and Moshiri the clowns and us supporters as the paying public.
21 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:37:05
I don't care who our manager is, doesn't even matter too much who plays for us. The main thing is we compete with every team and win as many games as possible.
I don't foresee any dramatic changes, maybe more organisation and hopefully more confidence in the players but we will have to battle.
Good luck to Sam and the team, whoever he picks, and let's hope we can now move steadily up the table.
22 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:37:50
Bill joined later. But the intent is clear. Moshiris appointment. Bill clearly didnt agree and has been demoted to the ensemble.
Im petrified about the appointment, Im sure this isnt the stop gap everyone thinks it is. Moshiri and Allardyces rhetoric sound anything but a chance to kick on, nothing about saving us from relegation.
I wouldnt be surprised if he has an impact, the squad has talent and skills, despite hiding that from us in recent memory. So thats why I find it so galling, any reasonable organizer will get more from this team. Its not broke so bad that it needs life support.
After the 3rd went in, we actually showed a little confidence and knocked it around. Davies almost in an instant reverted back to the one touch demon, instead of the headless chicken hes become.
There was no need to panic, but the real reason we are is the boards lack of succession planning. Get your replacement lined up before you fire the fella.
23 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:37:50
This club needs lifting to where it should be. No outsider will ever get my patience he either comes in and does well, or he's out simple as that.
Now we know Moshiri will say virtually anything to get the masses on his side too. Last year, McCarthy was Everton family; this year he takes Sammy Lee on.
24 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:39:25
Why is that a nightmare scenario? That would be my dream scenario.
Make it true and I'd be happy to have him stay for longer than 18 months. I just don't get why we can't be positive given he's the first manager since Moyes to get us organised
25 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:43:04
26 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:43:39
28 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:45:33
29 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:45:59
As for Allardyce i'm expecting poor football,the youth to be shut out and a few tall players brought in but I'm hoping he's going to surprise most of us and turn out to be one of our best managers,it's about time and in recent decades we do better when there's little expectation.
30 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:46:07
31 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:47:12
All the best, Sam!
32 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:49:29
Interesting that he already refers to Everton as "us", very unlike Koeman in that respect. I am fascinated by his appointment and in lots if ways looking forward to seeing how he handles things. His words suggest that he is looking beyond a relegation fight, he was talking about Everton's ambition which suggests a longer term view.
I wish him well if for no other reason that he is now a large part of Everton.
33 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:55:39
34 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:57:52
As for him winning a trophy with us, ha ha ha - he's never taken the FA Cup seriously. I will always support my team, regardless of who is in charge, but please, please don't kid yourselves this is a good appointment. Search your feelings, you know it be true.
35 Posted 30/11/2017 at 18:59:11
What we have to hope is that he gets offered a long term contract at some point. Because that will mean were doing really well.
If Koeman had done well, he wouldn't have been here very long. It's good to have a British manager.
36 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:01:02
He will be tough and get us organised and balanced ! he will take no prisoners and certainly wont be taking a knife to a gunfight, caveman Sam is a bruiser and will club them to death. Interesting times as to who he fancies and who is shipped out, especially with the January window coming up; I wish him all the best.
37 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:01:23
38 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:05:42
He's forgotten more about football than the majority of the younger managers know. He'll whip the club into better shape I'm sure, but you can't expect miracles overnight; it's still going to be tough.
He is saying all the right things, which is to be expected and taken with pinch of salt, but he's right when he says we all need to pull in the same direction.
39 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:05:44
40 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:06:49
One thing that boils my piss is why the players could play like that last night but couldn't be arsed after Koeman was kicked out?
41 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:08:36
42 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:11:03
43 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:14:54
Expect ugly football And instant results or what's the point in giving him the job?
44 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:15:19
He also has a point to prove, this is most likely his last ever big job. He has an excellent back room team, and money to spend in January. There is no reason he cannot produce decent football, the type Everton fans want to see. Back to front quickly and no tippy-tappy in front of our own 18-yard box. I personally think he'll be a good fit.
Open your minds, look with your own two eyes and decide for yourself whether the on field action is worth watching. I wouldn't look on here for any 'analysis' though, quite a few fans cannot wait for him to fall flat on his face. You know who they are.
45 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:17:29
I can only echo your sentiments!
46 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:18:55
One win and it's all okay? Let's wait and see what happens before waving the flags shall we. Now I suppose news on the new stadium will either be rolled out, or it will be quietly forgotten.
All together now, This is Everton!
47 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:19:00
48 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:21:33
This fella treats the FA cup with no respect, a competition I grew up to revere. He has little or no time for young players, only using them as a last resort.
This club part through tradition, part as through necessity have had great youth players and always used them.
His style of football, critical to the way Evertonians feel about their team, is not what we want to see.
For me he would have to categorically change his m.o. and attitude towards the three elements above for me to even flicker towards begrudging acceptance.
Do you believe after years of performing in this way this guy will change his tune?
The owner has placed stability above everything else, despite knowing full well the fan base is riven over Allardyce.
Hes certainly got a pair of balls on him, Ill say that for him, coming into a club that doesnt want him.
If this appointment goes poorly, Moshiri and his competency will be in seriously question, a third manager in barely 2 years? One maybe, two smacks of carelessness, a third?. Wholly incompetent.
49 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:31:13
Big Sam is now manager and the only thing that matters is we start to win football matches.
Managers and players will always change but it is still our Everton.
50 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:31:42
As for Allardyce. Well as Dave Lynch #20 says, Allardyce will be watched like a hawk. He's either getting £6m a year, or £6m for 18 months. Either way it's astronomical money. He had better be satisfied with that and focus his efforts 100% on the team, and no nice little earners elsewhere.
Next, as I said elsewhere, he needs to deliver Ross Barkley on a new contract, our 2nd best player last season, and at least our second best player now. Not only does he need to sign a new deal, but Allardyce needs to get him playing better than ever, which is expected from a 24 year old.
Then, Allardyce needs to forget all this staying up crap. This was a top 7 team looking to chase down the top 6. We are 2 points off 9th. We should expect 8th, minimum. Allardyce can keep quiet for now, then beat Huddersfield and then he should cease all talk of relegation and keep talking about ambition.
I can stomach counter-attacking football, defending deep and soaking up pressure from the big boys. But counter-attacking actually requires attacking. Let's hope Allardyce is better at that at Old Trafford, Anfield, The Arsenal Stadium, and the other bigger clubs, than his old mate Moyes.
Everyone will be behind Allardyce. Don't worry about that. No one wants to see Everton fail. Therefore, we need him to succeed. What those of us who really dislike him cannot promise is that we will stand by him through thick and thin.
And this is the problem for me. There will be those of us, me included, who already have our knives sharpened. Don't get me wrong, we will vocally support the club. And yes, from inside the ground, I ain't letting that crook put me into self-imposed exile. The problem is when there is a downturn in results, and there is always a down turn in results. If he has three bad defeats, without effort. Particularly, if it's towards the end of the season and we are safe. Then I cannot promise I won't be at the forefront of the Allardyce Out Chants. It's up to him to avoid this and to be successful enough to build up goodwill by winning games. It's up to him to raise his expectations. He's 63. This is his last job. Surely, he wants to win something. And surely, he will feel that with a bit of luck, he can get this present squad going, and then the sky is the limit.
Like everyone on here, I want us to win every game, and to do so in style. So rest assured, no one is hoping Allardyce fails, he just needs to hit the ground running.
Forgot to add about the youth players, but I can only echo the sentiments as posted above. In particular he needs to carry on playing Kenny, Davies and Calvert-Lewin. I can see Allardyce utilising DCL as a young Kevin Davies and he will no doubt bulk him up in the gym.
51 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:39:29
52 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:40:56
53 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:49:42
Apart from the ones who aren't, you mean? I could quote 100 posters that are clearly NOT behind Allardyce. I'll keep it civil, but you really should read what you type before posting.
54 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:50:13
Like any Everton manager, he is being paid an eye watering amount. That Im afraid comes with a few conditions. Struggling at the foot of table is not acceptable, scoring and playing attacking football, including youth players, deference to the hard running but dynamic style we love at Goodison.
A team that bows to no-one, treating the cups as they should do with respect and geniunely trying to win it.
These conditions are not there to berate Allardyce with, they are the same criteria for ANY Everton manager.
This club and fanbase expect more than just survival, and he needs to deliver that with no goodwill, no optimism and win over most who would as you elude to, stab him at the first chance of a downturn.
He has no honeymoon, no room to breathe, he has to win from day one.
If he can do that then he would have my respect. He has a lot to do to earn it though.
55 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:50:30
Fail at this and he's a failure, full stop. Same goes for Shakespeare
Win us the FA Cup Mr Allardyce and all will be forgiven.
56 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:50:33
57 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:52:28
58 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:53:13
59 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:53:42
So, with a deep breath and a sigh, I say good luck Sam.
60 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:57:11
Steve Ferns surprised to see you post I have read so many times in recent threads that, once Allardyce was appointed, you were not coming back until he had left.
61 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:57:40
62 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:58:07
I wish you the best of luck in sorting out the mess you have inherited.
Though the board may have air-bushed, Nil Satis Nisi Optimum from the club, I sincerely hope you can remind them that this is what EFC is meant to be about.
By the way, we haven't won at Anfield for 18 years. Now would be a good time to put that right. Nothing flashy - you know how that lot whine. 0-1 will do.
Good luck at Everton FC.
63 Posted 30/11/2017 at 19:58:31
65 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:03:26
66 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:04:51
67 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:06:48
68 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:06:51
The main fear as others have stated is that he rubbishes the youth pipeline in favor of bringing in a bunch of overpaid journeymen. Davies, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Kenny, Vlasic, Holgate, Baningime... with Dowell and Onyekuru primed to join next season. We could be on the cusp of something genuinely exciting.
69 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:08:48
70 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:09:14
Yes, lots didn't want Allardyce (me included) but he is here now and he is our manager so he deserves our support. Ok if things are going bad in a couple of months the moaners can start having a go, but at least give him a chance first.
He looks a passionate guy who has already got it in his mind that we are his team and he won't sit back and and let any player not give his all.
Now let's all go and take some happy pills and give our support to our new manager and the team.
71 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:10:12
This hopefully buys us safety and the chance to get a longer term "project manager" in when the time is right.
72 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:13:30
73 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:15:24
74 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:16:51
Any objective review of Sam's coaching career reveals a manger who's consistently gotten more out of his clubs than was actually there. If he can continue to get more from less, there's a clear upside to what he may be able to do with more talent and resources at his disposal.
75 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:21:40
As Kevin said all will be behind Allardyce except the ones who are not.
What it will take from some fans is also some realism and a little common sense.
76 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:22:00
Maybe I just go to the wrong pubs and sit in the wrong place but I really can't recall any anti Allardyce venom I've read on here the last few days.
To me there was just an air of resignation that this is where we are and this is what we have to do to get out of it. I really can't recall anyone I bumped in to on Wednesday threatening to boycott the Club.
I've seen every manager since Carey and we've had good and bad but somehow the Club is still here. I've read some shite on here the last few days about our so called principles and all the usual motto stuff, well personally I don't take too much notice to it as since the above mentioned Carey we have had the odd principle failure.
No doubt those washing their hands of the Club will read about the games in the papers. Me, I will give Allardyce the same chance and respect every manager or player gets when they join us.
77 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:22:40
"There will be those of us, me included, who already have our knives sharpened. Don't get me wrong, we will vocally support the club. And yes, from inside the ground, I ain't letting that crook put me into self-imposed exile."
This is a considerable volte-face Steve from a tsunami of posts in recent weeks categorically stating, as others have already pointed out, that you would not be attending games or paying monies to the club until Sam was gone.
Nothing wrong with that. A True Blue simply can't disassociate themselves from the club, no matter how exasperating supporting them can be.
Nice to know at least one of the angry mob has in effect acknowledged their indignant rhetoric was in truth largely empty and hollow.
78 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:23:00
The past few weeks has changed my mind. Staring a true relegation fight in the eyes for the fist time as an Everton supporter (12 years) has made me realize that survival comes before sentimentality.
I don't think that our fortunes will shift dramatically from previous years now that Big Sam is the manager. I think we'll stay up, and comfortably. Nothing more. I do think there is a silver lining to this though. I hope this makes us realize how vulnerable any club is. Maybe we've been putting too much faith into hiring a "true blue" instead of finding the best professional for the job. Perhaps we can grow as a club. We need to stop this mentality that THIS is the year that we need to get it right. (We say that every year) We need to see this as a larger project. One that will have ups and downs. As long as we learn from the mistakes and correct them, I believe we will reach our goal of returning to footballs elite.
(Not this year though!)
79 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:25:54
He will be highly motivated, he has a very experienced coaching team, he is clearly capable of motivating players. I expect he will be absolutely desperate to rid himself of the hoofball tag and will want to dispel these myths and play decent football whilst being effective. Whether he can do this remains to be seen.
I very much hope he proves the detractors like myself wrong.
Good luck Sam.
80 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:26:09
It turns out the new era is a bit of a circus and we now have an appropriate ringmaster... However, I suppose he has to be given a chance to see if he's any better than the mediocre cv he's produced to date..
I fear those calling it an unnecessary knee-jerk and backward step will be proven right.
81 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:27:35
For 18 months I'm happy with Sam, it's not as if Everton managers over the past 20 odds years have anything great is it. Hopefully we will be in a better place in 18 months and then look to the future with a long term appointment.
82 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:28:04
Kevin Tully, no one wants to see Allardyce come here less than me. I would fork out good money, if there was a whip around to raise £7m to make him do one. He's here now. Can we protest it outside the stadium? No. Should we organise protests inside the stadium? No.
There's nothing we can do. We're Evertonians. All of us who enter the stadium will be behind the boys in blue. We will roar them on.
But we will also hold Allardyce to account. He must maintain high standards. He will not get an easy ride. It doesn't seem like he wants one to be fair. Let's hope he can walk the walk, now.
83 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:29:03
Clearly we dont know how he will do but he has a lot to overcome before fans are going to truly warm to him.
84 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:29:44
Crystal Palace - Pulis, Pardew, Allardyce, Hodgson
WBA - Hodgson, Pulis, Pardew
West Ham - Pardew, Allardyce, Moyes
Newcastle - Allardyce, Pardew
Everton - Moyes, Allardyce
Fulham - Hodgson, Hughes
Sunderland - Allardyce, Moyes
Stoke - Pulis, Hughes
Blackburn - Hughes, Allardyce
85 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:35:34
I think he's got a good backroom squad. I have nothing against Sammy Lee and will give him a chance. We would have done if we'd have signed him in his playing days. Why should it be any different now he's a coach?!
Craig Shakespeare along with Steve Walsh, seemed to be the backbone in Leicester winning the title. In the short term this might be a very good appointment.
86 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:36:41
Not so much a student of Allardyce, I just know what I want to see from my team.
And even if that is not instantly attainable, clear pointers that show a road map, a plan towards the qualities I want to see from my team.
Everton are stuck on their own in the premier league not quite good enough for the top, however much better resourced than the rest. So without any sustained success and the occasional dalliance with the bottom of the league the style of play, an inclusive youth policy and respect for the cups actually take on much higher value. More so with the injection of funds we have.
The last manager was a world away from those ideals and this one historically is no better.
87 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:38:13
Then the allegations in The Guardian that he was forcing young players to use certain agents before freezing them out if they refused, Ravel Morrison and Jermain Pennant provided recordings of this to The Sun.
And thirdly, the fact that he was caught by The Telegraph "advising" how to get around 3rd Party Ownership. Corrupt or not, these are situations a man on his salary should be avoiding. Why did he need to be paid £400k for advice whilst managing England?
He had better be whiter than white here, as we will not stand for it. And you can bet the papers will be queuing up to entrap him.
88 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:39:21
89 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:40:06
90 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:47:11
Joe this is the side you were on about. I was there that day. One of the worst games of football I have ever seen. Every Moyes v Allardyce match was a battle, a war of attrition. Don't delude yourself he is going to suddenly get us playing like Man City.
I expect, that like Moyes, Allardyce will ease the handbrake off once things are starting to go well, and will call this "expressing ourselves". Best you can realistically hope for is similar to the best Moyes had to offer. I will disagree with the likes of Tony Marsh as some of Moyes' best stuff was great. But one defeat and it was back to basics and clean sheets and KITAP1. More of the same expected from Allardyce.
91 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:53:07
92 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:54:14
"Allardyce is a keen proponent of sports science and using technology and innovative techniques in coaching his teams, such as computerised performance analysis and yoga. Martin Hardy of The Independent described him as "one of the pioneers of sports science in English football".
Former players and pundits have cited his preparation as his main strength, which allows his teams to have better organisation and defensive stability.Former Bolton player Kevin Davies also highlighted Allardyce's man-management skills as a strength. "
93 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:54:30
I also think you have to give him some time, a few weeks at least to make alterations, theres a hell of a lot of work to do before things have been changed and settled down.
94 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:54:36
We want to see an express train not a gravy train, so we the fans and EFC expect nothing but the best from them.
95 Posted 30/11/2017 at 20:57:01
96 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:01:15
Ray, read the above, it's got far more of what you want to read about. However, I would say that where he was ahead of the game with ProZone, that lasted for a season to 3 seasons at the most. The standard in the Premier League has gone on far more than that since then. It's like Wenger and his revolution in the Premier League. He was ahead of the game and then the rest catch up.
Sure, there's a lot of positives in articles like this one. And attention to detail seems like something we've been missing.
97 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:01:58
98 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:05:02
99 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:08:25
100 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:09:56
He has the RS early in his tenure, of course, and I thoroughly look forward to seeing how he plays the Psyche war with Klopp before and during the game. Allerdyce is a belligerent bastard who won't be intimidated and I do expect him tp be like a 12th man for us in that game. A good win at the weekend, take it easy in Cyprus and we will be set up for that. This will be a defining game for his and the fans' relationship, and I believe he will rise to it.
Licking my lips already.
102 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:15:52
Based on the decision made over the 18 months I expect the same from this board. We will suffer more embarrassments and humiliations as fans. This won't stop.
103 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:18:56
Welcome to EFC, Sam.
104 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:19:22
105 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:21:12
Also comments on Sammy Lee being an ex red. That was 35 years ago... he is a highly regarded coach by his peers and the FA.
Allardyce is not my choice however if you had invested £80 mill you to would protect your investment the best way you can. It's time to view Everton's future not the history.. only two ex blue players have won silverware as manager. Let's get real. COYBB
106 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:24:59
Anyway, he's now here. Personally I'm perplexed by him only getting an 18 month contract. To me it means he either wanted only 18 months, and that makes me doubt his ambition to get the club well up the league, or the board don't trust him to achieve "the project", meaning he may well not be given the funds to sign players he'll want. If that's the case then the board have already removed significant clout from him vis-a-vis kicking some of the soft asses in the dressing room as he bids to have them knuckle down and perform properly, and that ain't good either.
Hope I'm wrong of course.
107 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:25:52
If Pep landed up here & signed up Messi, there would still be a bunch of idiots on here moaning & groaning, I wonder how many of them have ever managed to engage in any kind of successful relationship.
108 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:29:32
To some it obviously won't matter what Allardyce achieves or not achieves he will never be accepted.
I would have far more respect for people to just say he is unacceptable full stop rather than this wish you washy, well I'll give him 10 games, and, until I see this free flowing football etc etc.
What a load of shit. Want him or not he's here. Either support him and hence the team or go to Tranmere.
109 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:33:38
All good if we climb the table and win games.
I noticed the Echo headline yesterday drawing attention to the fact that Jim White got the phone call from Farhid to announce the new manager by passing the Everton communications team.
Interesting times I just hope we stay Everton! in recent years we have always shown our class. Dismissing Ronald, undermining David...I just worry where we are heading. Money isn't everything if you don't spend it and that was the only reason we didn't get the strikers we need.
110 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:35:35
He was never found guilty of anything and you can bet your bottom dollar that backhanders have been rife in football since day one. If you think he's the only one, then I'd suggest your view is purely a media fed, short sighted one.
Moving in, good luck to the man. He's always hand his hands tied by clubs with a lack of funds, which he has now so it'll be interesting to see what he can do with some cash and some decent players.
He always gets more out of players than they otherwise offer and I have a strong feeling it was his idea to play Rooney deeper last night. He did the same in his one England game with Rooney. It works.
111 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:35:55
I wish I knew who this quality manager/superman is because I don't think he actually exists. There aren't many managers at the level we require so finding a decent one in such a small gene pool is always going to be hard. The older ones all come with baggage and if a you pick a younger one who ball's it up you become his baggage.
I've said it before on these pages no manager comes with a guarantee of success. It's just pot luck. As far as I can tell, all that really happens is that sometimes a club and a manager just come together at the right time and it works. Like Ferguson at Man Utd, Clough at Forest, Kendall at Everton, Paisley at Liverpool. Something happens that you can't put your finger on and you can never recreate, no matter how much you try.
I don't know if Big Sam will be a success or failure at Everton. Although like most manager/club combinations it will probably be somewhere in-between. But as I've said maybe, just maybe, Allardyce at Everton will be one of those one in a blue moon combinations that works for both sides. For the time being we can only wait and see and hope because that's what fans do. Boards, managers, players, come and go but the fans stay forever always living for that one moment when it all comes right.
112 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:38:12
Some people were throwing their rattles out of the pram barely 48 hours ago in protest at SA - not going the match any more; preferring we got relegated, buying 18-month gold member subscriptions to Weight-Watchers in protest at "Fat Sam" etc. (What about "Fat Ronald" and "Fat David"?)
Now some have apparently relented.
It's a bizarre turnaround that smacks of flakiness, attention-seeking and (my new phrase after this week on TW) - 'drama-queening'.
But 'demented' will do.
I wouldn't mind if it was against the RS but it's against us now. An own goal. It's not helping EFC in any way.
In fact, this week has been the TW version of those Medieval witch trials conducted by the deranged Matthew Hopkins (great, great uncle of Katie):
If he drowns, he's innocent.
If he floats, he's guilty! Burn him!
(Yes, I know he won't float).
I'm sure there are plenty of other worthy causes out there that could do with a bit of that obvious misdirected energy as the festive season commences.
The Salvation Army?
(I've heard you get a free tambourine to bang on instead of TW).
But he's the Everton manager now.
Respectfully, please just give it a rest.
113 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:39:44
Walter Smith was bad this is just embarrassing.
114 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:42:24
I want him to succeed and if he does I want him to see out his 18 month contract. The Everton I know and grew up with don't fly through managers like some other pretenders.
If he isn't the man to push us forwards again after Koeman when given the chance then fine. But I don't believe Big Sam should be considered a temporary fix. He wouldn't have been many people's first choice, for a myriad of reasons, but he's here, he sounds like he wants it, and he's in a pretty good position to push forwards like he's never had before in his career.
For me, he gets 18 months to prove he still wants it and can achieve it, and if at the end of 18 months we are where we are supposed to be, I won't hold his past against him and will happy ask for his contract to continue.
Any other outcome sees him walk. Including failure this season, to achieve acceptable consolidation after our horrendous start.
(I've swallowed the sour pill that was signing him, but I'd love him to achieve more than the Moyesiah)
115 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:43:41
116 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:49:36
117 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:55:25
I can guarantee not a single season ticket will be given up because of Big Sam. And not because Big Sam is a nice bloke are we behind him.
Perhaps his greed is what makes him a good manager. But actually I don't care. As long as we stop conceding goals and start scoring more we'll all be happy.
Steve Ferns, you'll be back here overlooking his faults like the rest of the us the second our form improves.
118 Posted 30/11/2017 at 21:56:00
Last night, although Unsworth was nominally in charge, there was an ogre sitting in the stand. Suddenly they play!!!!
Funny old world...
119 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:07:51
"He was never found guilty of anything" and
"I have a strong feeling it was his idea to play Rooney..."
There are the deluded but there are also the totally deluded.
120 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:09:36
Steve Ferns at 90, the same applies to your statement that Sam will only equal the best that Moyes had to offer. Who would complain about that looking at where we are now and the two 11th place finishes under Martinez.
What do people want?! We are nowhere near the 'top 6' teams and haven't been for years. Yes we were 7th last year but 9 points below 6th!
If Sam was to get us finishing say 10th this season and 7th next season would that be a failure? I don't think so, not that I think he will of course!
I just wish Evertonians would stop rubbishing what Moyes did for this club and where he consistently had us finishing in the league. How many other teams consistently beat the top teams.... none! Yes he disrespected us when he left and I wouldn't want him back but don't rewrite history. He did well for us in my book. We were consistently 'the best of the rest' with no money to spend. Like under Gordon Lee's day when we were possibly just a good keeper short from a challenge at the top, with Moyes we mainly just lacked a top striker.
Give Sam a chance ffs!
121 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:09:56
Only time will tell but, let's face it, he only has to win a couple of games, keep a couple of clean sheets and he will have done better than the other two after a couple of games in charge.
122 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:17:08
I reckon he'll have the balls to tell them how it is. You never know with Sam a bit of money behind him to buy the right players I think he'll surprise a few people. Let's get behind him folks... COYB BOYS!!
123 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:21:44
This was an opportunity to go and get the best we could and if Sam is honestly the best they could think of then shame on them. At £6M a year and a few more million to pay off Crystal Palace that's like shopping for a Rolex in the Pound Shop.
We can all argue about the previous poor teams, lack of money, players brought in, style etc. but if doesn't cut it. For me, he was simply an easy, out of work, go to manager and like Siggy we have taken far too long and paid over the odds for someone else's missing jigsaw piece.
5 weeks and no ambition or plan having already sacked Koeman. The pursuit of Silva at least shown a little bit of outside the norm but in all honestly he would have been a huge risk and is unproven.
It's now official, so we continue to support the club and the players on the pitch. Will he better Unsworth's points tally over the next 8 games? I hope so because if not I don't trust this board to step in and do the right thing.
As for all the good young promising players I can only hope Walsh and Unsworth can help keep them happy until Fat Sam clears off. If not then we need to insert buy back clauses when Fat Sam flogs them off. Here's hoping Fat Sam turns out to be the best, a kind of Moytinez?
124 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:24:22
Any points above, a bonus gratefully accepted. He gave us expectations of "we know our place"... Job done!
125 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:24:30
You have a go at those who were opposed to Sam for relenting and then accuse them of 'flakiness'.
You then say it has been like a witch hunt and say 'please give it a rest'!
Slightly contradictory sentiments there.
Surely it's a good thing if those who were opposed are prepared to now back the man who is our manager?
126 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:28:03
I fucking hope so too, seeing as Unsworth only had 5
127 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:30:01
Allardyce has never shown any interest in the FA Cup as a manager so I wouldnt go booking any hotels around Wembley in May. I have a bad feeling about this and reckon we could be signing Pulis with about 10 games to go.
128 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:35:28
129 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:42:35
I have tried to distance myself from the debate, as I have had my say on a relevant thread where I expressed the opinion that any Managerial appointment, could be the best thing or the worst thing to happen to any football club, time will tell.
I find it a bit rich that some people are so concerned on matters of principle, and state [presumably on principle] that if "Sam Allardyce is appointed Manager of Everton, I will never step foot inside Goodison Park until he is gone" and then do an about turn, this is not directed at any individual it is a general observation.
I think I have made it quite clear in the short time that I have been submitting posts, that as a lifelong Evertonian, [79 years and counting], I will never desert the club on principle, and if I have a change of heart feel free to have a go at me.
It saddens me that though we all have the interest of the Club at heart, some are intolerant of the views of others, and have less than polite exchanges regarding things we can't control.
Personally I would much rather discuss events on the field of play, hopefully in a civilised manner, I trust that this post can be accepted as a mild rant, best wishes to all.
130 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:45:10
Obviously I don't know what I am talking about with incoming managers... So this time I will stay on the fence.
131 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:45:13
133 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:50:05
134 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:55:03
I hope that he gets a fair chance. He has inherited a mess created by Koeman. David Unsworth started the clean up. Like him or not, Sam Allardyce needs and deserves time.
135 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:56:04
Its the main reason the usual top 6 are the usual top 6, they assemble squads worth a total value several times bigger the teams below them and that includes us.
136 Posted 30/11/2017 at 22:56:41
137 Posted 30/11/2017 at 23:03:07
138 Posted 30/11/2017 at 23:06:30
Nothing contradictory at all in my post to anyone with an IQ over 45.
Keep up, Sam.
139 Posted 30/11/2017 at 23:09:21
140 Posted 30/11/2017 at 23:11:30
Correction; three ex-Everton players have won silverware when later managing the club:
Catterick, Kendall and Royle.
141 Posted 30/11/2017 at 23:16:24
I think that's what the majority of the fans are looking for in the short term. I certainly hope Sam delivers, and I'm pretty confident he will. He's improved the points per game tally at every club he's been to, and he seems a lot more committed than Koeman ever did.
It feels good to get some certainty after the past few dreadful weeks. Looking forward to seeing how we get on against Huddersfield - it may be too early to see any real results from Sam's approach, but we should at least get an idea of how he sees the shape of the team initially.
In fact, I'm looking forward to a game for the first time in ages.
142 Posted 30/11/2017 at 23:20:03
Perhaps at the end of each season we could have the annual Toffee Web "Harold Matthews Awards" for the "best fan article", "best fan comment" and perhaps "most humourous comment"?
143 Posted 30/11/2017 at 23:27:45
144 Posted 30/11/2017 at 23:37:55
145 Posted 30/11/2017 at 23:38:45
I can't think of 2 worse examples of “footballers” who their talent and then you mention “The Sun”.
Keep to your tactical analysis which is interesting as opposed to your I don't like / dislike Allardyce and will prove it.
BTW in respect of your third point it shows your complete ignorance of world football and the law; simply; you have no clue.
146 Posted 30/11/2017 at 23:57:28
147 Posted 30/11/2017 at 00:04:18
Sam is the man to put some steel and arrogance back into our play. He isn't afraid of upsetting the big 4 apple cart.
Just picking a few words out of his presser warmed me to him even more. We, Our, Us are all words that encourage team work. He will weed out the bad apples and strengthen the squad regardless of reputation.
Sam has a tarnished reputation but so did Brian Clough and George Graham but they did ok at their clubs. Results cover a multitude of sins and as long as we are winning the people will stay off their high horses.
148 Posted 01/12/2017 at 00:30:19
Also, Big Sam brings two old campaigners in Sammy Lee and Craig Shakespeare formerly of Leicester, previous Premier League champions. Definitely good number 2s to have around.
149 Posted 01/12/2017 at 00:33:27
Well garbage in, garbage out.
150 Posted 01/12/2017 at 00:35:59
Best fans in the world, my arse. Fickle bunch of cunts more like it!
Just waiting for Barkley to get fit so he can take a bit more stick for being easily our best player.
No manager wanted this job and for very sound reason. It is the most poisoned chalice in football.
151 Posted 01/12/2017 at 00:45:11
I do agree with you about Sammy Lee he is definitely a No 2.
152 Posted 01/12/2017 at 01:06:49
153 Posted 01/12/2017 at 01:32:21
The reason I'm struggling? It all boils down to this guys record is pretty poor. Despite the picture his mates in the press paint it.
He has lost more games at each club he has managed than he has won. Except Bolton where he lost the same number of games he won. Just let that sink in. And that's before we even look at his playing style.
That is not the calibre of manager I expect at Everton.
I'll be behind the team 100% but Allardyce has a lot to do to convince me he should be in the job.
155 Posted 01/12/2017 at 02:10:39
He's got the job. Let no one undermine him. He's certainly got a job on his hands to take us well clear of relegation.
Let's be honest with ourselves. Even though we won 4-0, there were still long periods of the game when we could hardly get a touch of the ball and we couldn't string 2 passes together.
We still had the statutory penalty conceded by Williams. Okay, overall it was a more positive team performance but we really do need to build on this.
156 Posted 01/12/2017 at 02:21:36
157 Posted 01/12/2017 at 02:29:00
158 Posted 01/12/2017 at 03:05:43
But even if he had a record like Pep Guardiola, if his ethical lapses disqualify him from managing England, why don't they disqualify him from managing Everton?
The fact is that he should have been banned from football for an extended period after he was caught out by The Telegraph if not for life. He should certainly not be managing Everton.
159 Posted 01/12/2017 at 03:29:39
What, like you did with Unsworth when he was trying and succeeding to haul the spiritually dead team he inherited up the table?
Lots of "He's our man now so we have to get behind him" ... Fuck that!
Plenty of hypocrites with a long history of nailing their dreams to whatever rotten beam this board have wheeled out, have not given Unsworth a minute's breathing space. In many cases, they were downright nasty about him... now they are calling for others to "Keep an open mind" Priceless.
Sam Allardyce is quite possibly the most reviled man in the game. Mention his name and you will get a whole range of responses ranging from ridicule to outright disgust. Fuck all this so called "legal wrongdoing". That doesn't concern me. It's his crimes against the beautiful game that have earned the derision and ridicule.
There has been huge sections of the fan base at the last four clubs he has worked for who didn't want him and were very happy to see the back of him... There's a very good reason for that.
I've seen this movie too many times; This is the bit were many Evertonians fawn all over the latest deadbeat wheeled out as "The new saviour, with a plan", by a board they claim to despise... and if I leave the cinema and come back in nine months time, the same fans will be screaming for his head claiming the board have duped them.
Those who screamed the house down over a meaningless dead rubber against Atalanta are in for a real treat come January. Wait until you see how this guy treats our only hope of a trophy.
Fuck this "We need to support him from the off" lark... Allardyce is getting six million quid (a crucial part of the oft repeated plot) to manage this club. He should indeed be watched like a hawk. Every long boot treated with the derision it deserves.
If he wants the respect of the Evertonian, let him fucking earn it. Let him show there is more to his repertoire than dowsing fires. Let him prove he has more than a bit of crash bang wallop in his locker.
Blind faith, unconditional support and a child like belief that the Leopard will change his spots are at the root of all our problems. Lets for once put the horse before the cart and make this one prove he is more than just a mercenary.
"Did they get you to trade, Your heroes for ghosts?"
"Hot ashes for trees, Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change?"
"Did you exchange, a walk on part in the war, for a lead role in a cage".
160 Posted 01/12/2017 at 03:32:22
One of the main criticisms from the fans about Koeman and Martinez was their tactical ineptitude and failure to focus on the opposition's failings and weaknesses. Big Sam always does his homework on opposition to set up his teams to exploit the opposition.
Even though Big Sam always had a transfer budget usually less than teams he managed in the Premier League. Although Moyes would have been one of Everton's best if he had no jumped ship for Man Utd. Since then, the only way has been down for him. A footballing sad story if there has ever been one.
161 Posted 01/12/2017 at 03:56:55
162 Posted 01/12/2017 at 04:33:41
Unsworth was serving up some of the most inept and clueless football seen at any club at any level in England. There was a reason why going into Wednesday's match, had we lost we'd be in the bottom three.
The performances by the team were shocking and getting worse with every match. It's also no coincidence that the team suddenly performed much better knowing that their new manager was in the stands watching.
Unsworth is nothing more than a former player who accomplished nothing in the sport. You talk of zombie football. Christ, until Wednesday Unsworth's teams hadn't even risen from the dead. I'm no fan of Allardyce, but your arguments for Unsworth are completely nonsensical.
I don't know where you get this notion that Unsworth was being slated by all right away. It was the complete opposite. Everyone was singing his praises as if he was some club legend. To this day I still do not know where this great love of Unsworth as a legend comes from, just as I don't understand the same feelings for Ferguson. It was only in the last week or two that everyone saw how completely out of his depth Unsworth was that opinion changed, in many cases very reluctantly, with poster after poster saying how they “were calling for Unsworth to be given a chance” only to realize that the team went backward.
163 Posted 01/12/2017 at 04:38:13
Memories do live a long long time and only when we have won something we will all be able to have these once again for the right reasons. There is no feeling like it when you see your team lift a cup or win the league. I have had the privilege of seeing us lift cups and leagues albeit a while ago now. But I remain optimistic that the good times will come again.
We need to stay positive and only time will tell when we have a new stadium and a really good team again plus a great manager, will it be Sam? no one knows yet but let's get behind him and the lads and give it a real good go.
165 Posted 01/12/2017 at 04:49:31
The undermining of our new manager, and the club has already started. It won't be "plucky little Everton" anymore.
Here is a sample of what I am on about from the the BBC's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty entitled "A tinge of desperation and a liberal dose of fear".
Very subtly done.
Note the photograph that he has used to head up his article. Couldn't have used one of him walking into Finch Farm could he?
I have believed for a long time that if we are ever to fight our way back to the top the only ones backing us will be us. We will get no help from outside.
Time to pick a side I have.
166 Posted 01/12/2017 at 04:54:01
My 16-year-old wanted to see a derby at Goodison before we leave for Bramley-Moore Dock and I will do everything I can to make it happen – he's never been able to travel to the UK during the season before... so don't burn your tickets, give them to me. ;-)
167 Posted 01/12/2017 at 05:36:26
McNulty was with the Echo until fairly recently wasn't he? Not sure if he's a blue who doesn't like Allardyce or red taking the piss to be honest. But I think he'll get a decent backing from all those media people who were peddling the Sam was our only hope rhetoric that was being painted.
Look at he mirror (I know) but they were crediting Allardyce for the win against West ham! Apparently it was his team talk that won it for us!
And you wait until we get players like Coleman and bolasie back, who will improve us anyway. He'll be the best English manager around even though any half decent manager would get similar results once all the players are fit.
My big problem with Allardyce is that his record is crap. And has been throughout the majority of his career. Yes he's gone to a few places recently to fire fight but when looking at his whole career he looses much more than he wins. Even when he was in his glory days at Bolton he lost as many as he won. His style and side deals are not as important to me as it with others. I simply don't believe he is good enough to manage us. It's that simple for me.
Come kick off, I'll be 100% behind the team. Always have been, always will be. Unfortunately for my sanity. But backing Allardyce himself? Going to take a while for that to happen.
168 Posted 01/12/2017 at 05:53:02
But the press - Merson has jumped ship already. Earlier in the week he was saying Sam Allardyce was the best choice for the role - he has now done an about turn and suggested that we (Evertonians) don't want him.
Divide and conquer. I am tipping there will be more of this to come.
169 Posted 01/12/2017 at 05:53:28
No respect for the FA Cup, rarely includes any youth players in his team, and a style of play more akin to a playground than a Premier League ground.
He would in my estimation, have to renounce all three elements and start winning immediately for me to move towards any form of acceptance.
As we are pigeonholed as a ‘better than the rest' team, but not quite good enough; style, youth and the fa cup are hugely important factors to how I feel about Everton.
This ‘self styled big dog' has and does eschew all three. This appointment is doomed, he has no goodwill or honeymoon. Start winning or else matey. That's no basis for an appointment. But for £6m he should be at least getting us to 7/8th and a serious cup run.
I shall not hold my breath.
170 Posted 01/12/2017 at 05:59:23
More pertinent to me is the point referred to by Kunal @102; what happens beyond the expiry of the next 18 months?
171 Posted 01/12/2017 at 06:32:17
As a coach, he won the U23 league last season and has done a great job coaching and promoting young players to the first team. He took charge of the first team when they were 18th and now we are 13th.
172 Posted 01/12/2017 at 07:13:55
For many it is a necessary evil. Surgery to avert.
No, it bloody well is not.
It's yet another glaring symptom of bumbling ineptitude.
We haven't ended up at this sad and sorry state of affairs because the club is being run excellently. We are exactly where we are because of DECADES of shabbiness passed off as "running the club".
"Running the club" ?
Short for "Running the club into the ground" !
Evertonians raised to admire the success of other clubs.
Know your place Evertonians, because it is NOT even in the same room as the masters table. Worse is to come.
This appointment does not guarantee survival in the top flight. It does, however, guarantee a continuance of our now customary lack of success.
"Tell yer Ma, yer Ma,
To wipe away all your tears,
No trophies for twenty three years,
Tell yer Ma, yer Ma".
Hearing that angers me.
Not because of the raggle-taggle, glory hunting, carrier bag, tag-a-longs singing it, it angers me because it's true.
Misty eyed Kenwright, Evertons least successful chairman, ever.
173 Posted 01/12/2017 at 07:46:38
For once, try to step back and take a little of your own advice shut up... and perhaps listen.
I wonder if you quite grasped the situation Unsworth found himself. He not only took over a squad brimming with discontented players. He was stuck with them. He had no opportunity to bring in new players. no opportunity to work with the players he had. A bunch of misfits, all of whom had clearly fallen out of love with the game.
When He didn't have enough defenders at his disposal against Southampton all you could do was bleat about his enforced selections and when he suffered further injuries to his make shift defence you screamed it was his fault.
Take this bit in carefully. Not only did we have a young right back playing left back, we had a right winger playing right back another young defender off injured and a 35-year-old captain who was out on his feet... and you can't understand why a side which had been shredded of all confidence long before Unsworth took over fell apart?
The guy was faced with a choice in each of his games. He either asked the experienced pros to perform to a level they were capable of, or do what many regard as the unthinkable in a relegation scrap play the kids. With balls of steel, he defied all convention and brought back his kids.
You are 100% correct that you don't understand the affection with which Unsworth is held, but you are 100% wrong in your false claim that I said he was slated by ALL, just as you are 100 % wrong in saying everyone was "singing his praises as if he was a club legend" .
I seldom post on the live forum, even for away matches, mainly because no matter who is in charge, I like to support the team for that 90 minutes and people like you tend to moan and bleat for the entire match. (No wonder you don't seem to learn anything.) But there are some very knowledgeable people on that site, so I still read the comments, even after I've been to home games.
I've read the "support" you speak of, the hysterical response to enforced selections, I've seen the inane criticism and like anyone who visits the forum, I know for a fact you have been front and centre caning Unsworth at every opportunity.
When I got back from the match on Wednesday, I found it highly amusing to read post after post screaming that Unsworth hasn't got a clue before a ball was kicked (the comments are probably still there). Apparently Rhino had gotten his team selection all wrong!!
I was at Goodison the other night and I have to say, I have not seen such an outpouring of affection since Rooney burst on to the scene as a boy. The noise around the ground as the faithful chanted Rhino's name was incredible. Then I got to thinking...
Rhino has done well in most people eyes, with relegation staring us in the face. Most people didn't give a flying fuck about a dead rubber in Europe. Nobody seemed to care about your "What if he lost?" nonsense. They just knew he hadn't and that he had moved us several places up the table.... But!!!! He was only in charge for five league games. He had come unstuck in two of them. Why this incredible outpouring of support for him?
Perhaps it was quite simply a response to the unnecessarily nasty, ill-informed criticism he was forced to endure from a small section of the fan base who clearly don't have a Scooby.
Of course you don't understand, David, but those who do won't need an explanation.
Here's a thought to cheer you up for Chrimbo, David (something needs to): In your desperate attempt to criticise and badger the warrior who stepped up to the plate under impossible circumstances... you've probably made a significant contribution to him being immortalised!!!
174 Posted 01/12/2017 at 07:47:41
175 Posted 01/12/2017 at 08:02:00
I think I pointed out the contradiction fairly clearly. If you can only address it with a puerile retort I would say that speaks volumes.
Nice that the day after implying that our editor Lyndon is a bigot you are now implying that I suffer from mental retardation. Clearly name throwing is more your style than any form of reasoned argument.
176 Posted 30/11/2017 at 08:05:25
It will take at least 6 to 8 weeks for his individual players processes and man management to take hold. It will take similar or less for his organisation on defence, set plays and methods of attack and counter attack to embed.
Post January window we will see a more balanced squad and I also believe his we are all in it together, his always buoyant backroom staff, his alignment with Steve Walsh, resect of Everton as a club, Big Dunc retained, Unsworth in the fold with the U23s.
This looks a more solid foundation for the future of EFC.
I will be delighted to see some of the negative posters on here calling for a contract extension once we/they get to know Big Sam more and see the foundations and progress we will undoubtedly have.
One thing we can contribute as fans and supporters is provide a positive environment for the likes of BS, Sammy Lee and Craig Shakes to feel this is their home and we are all behind them.
Let's get behind our Management Team and show that we are truly a magical club and special for someone like Big Sam to create an amazing legacy for us and himself and his coaching team.
177 Posted 01/12/2017 at 08:22:09
178 Posted 01/12/2017 at 08:22:14
I only ever criticised the man (in a joking manner) for sounding like Bill in his pressers. I'm sorry if this offended you, I really am, but in your rush to roundly condemn anyone who didn't want the lad as permanent manager, you clearly took this extremely personally, without actually being able to comprehend what was actually written.
I don't know why you remind me of this guy, but you do:
179 Posted 01/12/2017 at 08:32:59
I actually took the Merson shite as him having a go at us because we've got a fantastic manager and shouldn't question it. In other worlds, he was backing Allardyce but if he fails he's laid the ground work to say it's the supporters fault as we didn't back him. But like the mirror article give the West Ham result to Allardyce and over looking that it was Unsy. They will protect Allardyce and blame everyone else if it goes wrong. That's the way I see it anyway.
Unsy would have been my choice, until Christmas at the very least. But c'est la vie. We are where we are now so I'll just have to grumble in my head and leave it up to Sam to change my mind about him.
181 Posted 01/12/2017 at 08:39:48
182 Posted 01/12/2017 at 08:55:47
Amazing that the same fans who thought De Boer and Bilic would be good enough to manage our great club, are unhappy with the appointment of a proven, competent Premier League manager. Do us a favour, when you're crying out for Big Sam to go remember what happens when you get what you wanted.
183 Posted 01/12/2017 at 08:57:57
However, there is an increased acrimonious and abusive element between more than a few that is unworthy of the majority of posters usual intelligent and often humorous debate a plea to turn it down a notch.
I understand that feelings are running high and views are strongly held but you are all better than that surely.
185 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:01:50
The players were not responding to Unsworth and performances were woeful, even the game we won against Watford. I am sure that is not all Unsworth's fault as the position the board put him in, ie, temporary manager cannot have helped the ways the players felt towards him.
Wednesday night showed a different attitude, strange with a new manager in the stands. Although the attitude was great, the football was not on Wednesday and Everton's main tactic was to lump it long to Calvert-Lewin.
Strange now that the people who are dead against Big Sam are repulsed at his long-ball game but happy to praise Unsworth for a performance that contained a lot of hoof ball.
The ovation for Rhino was quite right and out of respect for a fellow Evertonian, but I would not mistake that for everyone wanting him to carry on as manager as he clearly was not up to the task.
You may not like Allardyce but he is the manager for now and we need to start winning football matches on a regular basis.
186 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:08:41
You make a good point.
The Allardyce appointment has polarised opinion hugely. But there were too many double standards for me. Personally I thought he was getting unfairly vilified so I spoke out as others have as well.
The last division like this on TW was the Saturday's Dilemma thread when EFC beating City might have handed the title to Liverpool.
Time to take a breather, step away and let the manager get on with it.
Let's hope Big Sam brings more unity by winning frequently.
187 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:09:14
188 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:13:10
Find it amazing how this is met with such greater ridicule than the appointments of Koeman and Martinez both of whom as we know were woefully out of their depth
You are completely forgetting, at the time of their appointments we didn't realise they were out of their depth. Based on Sam's record, he is way out of his depth.
Martinez had just won the FA Cup albeit getting a team relegated in the process. The majority of fans thought let's see how we go (and remember we had no money or expectation like now). And after the first season, many fans thought he was the Messiah.
Koeman came with a very solid couple of seasons from Southampton where he had overseen a lot of player turnover, which is what he was expected to do for us.
So come on, let's not be selective in comparing a manager with a career win rate of just over 30% with those eh?
189 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:15:07
190 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:18:13
Talk about taking it personally without being able to comprehend what was said. You really are priceless.
At no point did I say you slated Unsworth for his team selection – admit it. You made that bit up didn't you?
You have made it clear from the start that you didn't think Unsworth was the man for the job, Nothing wrong it that, Half the fan base didn't want him... but it's the nastiness of your digs.
When you referred to him as a young Bill Kenwright, I thought you had maybe overlooked the fact that comparing anybody to Kenwright would be seen as the ultimate insult amongst many fans, but when you were pulled up, you were more than happy to attempt to back up your claim. You have recently taken to sarcastically referring to him as St David. That's your prerogative, but spare us the hypocrisy.
You have heartily supported the last two stooges this board have appointed only to turn on them when you realised they were frauds. It's entirely your prerogative again to support and applaud the latest appointment, but it's a bit rich to come on here and ask others to keep open minds.
191 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:21:08
ps: May I now go on record to state I back every Everton manager until I no longer want to? Usually, this will be after a considered period of reflection of at least 6 months before I definitively make my mind up. Cheers.
192 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:31:19
It is obvious to me that once the board had appointed Allardyce, the players suddenly woke-up, realised that this was the time to put in maximum effort and that now they were playing for their futures.
Some had already been doing this, but deep down inside a switch was thrown. Unsworth tried his best but was dealt a bad hand with injuries and the dead rubbers in Europe etc.
I was surprised though, that we never got that "new manager" boost that other caretakers have had elsewhere. It could be down to the way the players already regarded him, only being the under 23's boss, unlike many other situations where the assistant takes over.
It's all academic now, but I have hope that Sam Allardyce will get us up the table and playing better football than many expect.
The game is full of ugliness, money, greed and cheats , so I can't be bothered about his alleged deals etc. I do think that there has been a coup of sorts though and Steve Walsh is now Moshiri's man pulling the strings and Kenwright has been side-stepped.
I wonder if it was just Koeman's intransigence that prevented Walsh from bringing in a second choice striker once the Giroud deal flopped? Interesting times ahead.
Steve Ferns, I am glad that you have stayed and I know you and others want us to succeed more than you want to bury the hatchet into Big Sam. So let's all be fair to the new manager and hope he surprises some and things go well.
193 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:33:42
NSNO, and wipes away a tear.
194 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:46:31
Fat Sam was not my choice, in fact I was dead set against it. Probably down to the fact that it just highlights how far we have fallen. However, he is here and we have no alternative to give him a chance and hope he can get us playing like a team and climbing up the table, something we haven't seen since Moyes was here.
I was completely against Martinez and supported Koeman so what do I know! Both turned out to be a shambles so maybe Allardyce can turn out to be a success, you just never know.
We are at a low we have not seen for some considerable time and we need to pull together for the sake of the club. We are where we are so lets all hope Allardyce can pull a few rabbits out of the hat.
Just as a side issue, the players since Martinez took over have been nothing short of a disgrace. A complete lack of professionalism. When form dips that's excusable. What is not is a lack of effort and that has shone through many times over the last 4 years.
Many players are just not worthy of a blue shirt if only for their attitude. Hopefully Fat Sam can either sort out the attitude problem or get rid, we can just do without these players. I get the impression that Sam does not suffer fools gladly.
195 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:51:06
We are all very passionate about this club and this is a forum for people to agree and disagree.
I'd be more disappointed if you didn't pull me up for something I said which you don't agree with.
Having given it more thought and having read your thoughts on Kenwright, I don't think you were intentionally lumping Unsworth in with him.
196 Posted 01/12/2017 at 09:57:56
He is here. He is Everton manager. (Sigh). Ergo, good luck Mr Allardyce.
"For myself I am an optimist it does not seem much use being anything else". (Churchill).
197 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:02:06
2 strikers, January 1st is crucial. With different attributes. Gameiro and Giroud or similar.
We need him to be earning his corn, literally as we speak.
It wont be easy, but you don't get paid a million a year as a scout for nothing.
198 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:06:42
If he can get Keane back to his best that will also be a major positive too.
199 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:08:48
200 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:10:48
201 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:12:13
202 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:15:07
Won't detach himself from the players, as what Koeman did.
Who won't be too soft, as Martinez is.
With his down-to-earth Northern personality, I cannot see him losing the dressing room.
With a couple of bob to spend, with the help of Steve Walsh, hopefully this could be Big Sam's purple patch of he's managerial career.
The future? 18-month contract for Allardyce. Silva has 18 months left... I'm pretty sure something is happening behind the scenes as long it does not go belly up for Silva.
203 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:31:01
204 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:37:51
205 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:41:23
No, that's not me being delusional, that's a fact Sam Allardyce was never convicted of anything. If you're going to pick a fight with a stranger online, at least have a valid point to make.
The latter part is backed up by Allardyce playing Rooney in midfield for England.
206 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:51:00
Like they say, the proof of the pudding, is in the eating.
The fact being that he is here now for 18 months, whether anyone likes it or not, there has been enough disappointment and mis-management in recent times. Let's give the guy a chance at least, he may even surprise us, and get the best out of some under-performing players.
207 Posted 01/12/2017 at 10:56:00
They are here for the duration so let's not bleat on anymore about Allardyce this, Sammy Lee that. Like it or lump it they are ours now so let's not make reading ToffeeWeb a boring chore over the coming months. Let's get behind the team and to coin a festive phrase "one and all".
208 Posted 01/12/2017 at 11:09:42
I doubt whether Allardyce was anyone's first choice, but, given all the circumstances, I can understand why our Board turned to him. Hopefully, he will bring organisation, discipline, commitment, respect to our club and this will result in an upturn of fortunes. May even be able to inject a bit of flair?
I fondly remember the Bolton team of Okocha, Djorkaeff etc they were an enterprising outfit, so he isn't just about disciplined defending. Interesting times ahead. Better to be optimistic about the future rather than staring glumly in to me ale.
209 Posted 01/12/2017 at 11:26:28
If the manager had to play, who would you have in your team? Moyes, Roberto, Koeman or Big Sam?
Koeman for his silky skills? Roberto for his experience playing for Wigan?
Big derby game next week, Big Sam plays in that for me.
Although Sam wasn't my choice, I actually feel more optimistic about a long awaited win at Anfield than I have for years, under Sam at least we won't lie down and die like we usually do, hopefully.
210 Posted 01/12/2017 at 11:28:13
I won't believe anyone who claims that they knew we were about to turn the corner and there was no need to panic. Every Evertonian I know was really worried and just couldn't see where our next win was coming from.
To go back to Moshiri though, I also firmly believe that he has no intention whatsoever of letting Allardyce mange our club for 18 months. I think he's done what he's done with a view to Allardyce stabilizing things and getting us to mid table safety, at least.
It became obvious we were not going to get any of the managers Moshiri wanted so he needed someone who would accept the shortest contract possible. I think he's more than willing to write off the remainder of Allardyce's contract at the end of the season and then go all out for the man he wants with a clean slate, a decent budget, and a new season to look forward to.
But you know what, and this is gonna sound weird. I hope Allardyce makes it impossible for Moshiri to sack him at the end of the season. I hope by some fucking miracle of the gods that something clicks and we do so well that nobody wants him sacked.
I didn't want Allardyce, not at all, but if he managed us to a derby win, and some good performances against the top six, while bringing some of the players in we need in January, then that'd do for me.
I know it's pie in the sky but that's what I hope for. I can't understand any Evertonian that doesn't want him to do better then we believe he can. And talking of pie, I'll happily munch through a huge humble one, and chant his fucking name if he can do that!
Because this Isn't about loving Allardyce, or any other manager this is about loving Everton!
211 Posted 01/12/2017 at 11:39:25
He's not a saint and he's not a sinner. He's just a half decent ex player who stepped into the manager's chair, didn't show the hirers and firers in the games he was in charge that he had the credentials to win a permanent contract, and was subsequently replaced.
I know one poster is taking the mickey by calling Rhino a saint. And I know one is serious when he calls him a warrior who will achieve immortality as an Everton man.
212 Posted 01/12/2017 at 11:44:44
Cruel, John, cruel!
213 Posted 01/12/2017 at 11:44:50
At least he is appreciated somewhere.
Oh! And nominations for the various awards were open to ALL sports, not just footy, UK-wide.
214 Posted 01/12/2017 at 11:47:13
I agree wholeheartedly. Well said.
I have no problem with Sam so far. Let him prove himself first, then we can jump on him and feed him to wolves (haha).
Somehow there feels a solidity to the management staff suddenly, and a cohesion. This is a good sign.
He is saying all the right things so far and I hope it is genuine, but I have no reason to believe otherwise. His statements that spoke about his Evertonian mates struck a chord, and yes, may just be master diplomacy or a Jedi mind trick.
But the fact that he is trying to get the fans on his side is a huge plus and does mean something. It is far more than Koeman ever tried. I'm excited about this new direction for our beloved team.
215 Posted 01/12/2017 at 11:50:36
Should we win the derby, I shall be singing his name to the tune of Coldplay's Paradise
216 Posted 01/12/2017 at 11:51:18
I think the will be some sore legs at Finch Farm and some old-fashioned ass-kicking going on... about time!!
217 Posted 01/12/2017 at 12:00:52
Quite honestly, we are an absolute shambles this season and I think a few people need a reality check as to what we are at this point. We have a net spend of about £40-50m, a far cry from the new Man City or anything like it and charlatans like Koeman and Walsh managed to balls that up (no idea how the latter is still allowed to steal a wage).
The expectations are so unrealistic that when a decent manager like Sam comes in he will never be good enough because so many people seem to think we have a God-given right to be in the top four, because we signed the likes of Sandro, Klaassen and Co.
Wake up and get behind Sam or risk making this situation worse.
218 Posted 01/12/2017 at 12:03:27
219 Posted 01/12/2017 at 12:21:45
This season now is an audition for Sam, no matter what anyone says. If he gets us to 7th, he will have a case to build on it. If he gets us top half and an FA Cup also. I didn't want him but I would be impressed with either scenario. He would deserve longer and more funds.
11th - 17th playing turgid football and he will be gone in June, with a wheelbarrow full of cash.
8th-10th, will see us in Moshiri-Limboland, but I think he would be gone in favour of Silva, Simeone, or Tuchel etc
220 Posted 01/12/2017 at 12:26:00
221 Posted 01/12/2017 at 12:30:11
222 Posted 01/12/2017 at 12:32:03
223 Posted 01/12/2017 at 12:32:09
We need to sort the recruitment out, starting at center back. The last 2 jokers have spunked a combined £20 million on Williams and Funes Mori. If we flog Mori at some point we may make most of it back, due to his age. As for Williams, he needs to drop a division.
Left back is possibly an even more pressing position than center back. If Coleman comes back well, I'd play Kenny left back till we can get that position sorted. Baines is done, and teams are targeting him. In a break with convention, some cover would be nice as well.
I'm some bloke that works in an office and I knew 18 months ago we needed to sign a long term replacement for Baines, preferably under 25, and gradually work him in and fade Baines out. How experienced football men have allowed that position to reach this point is genuinely staggering.
There's been so much change over the last 2 years I don't think a massive amount of signings are required. There's quality there. In the short term, we need 3 signings to go into the first team, and we need to get them right. The absence of the following players is de-stabilising the side:
A) Pacey center back that's good in the air, and generally an all round nark that gets things organised on the pitch.
B) Left back that isn't finished.
C) Quality front man that can play with his back to goal, link and go in behind. These lads are rare and generally cost.
Nail these 3 signings and add it to the quality we have, as well as getting rid of some of the dross (Klaassen £10 million loss), and we will be in decent shape.
225 Posted 01/12/2017 at 13:05:04
Brian Williams (210) Alex Mullen (217) and (222) and John Sagar (216) great posts for having the common sense and decency to basically say 'Give Sam a chance before you make your minds up' along with a few more posters with the same attitude. After all, we are fair or should be with the added bonus of being Evertonians.
226 Posted 01/12/2017 at 13:21:18
I think we should all put the Unsworth episode behind us now, and concentrate on what lies ahead, with an open mind. After what happened against Atalanta and Southampton, I only feel relief that someone who is an acknowledged safe pair of hands, whatever his personal shortcomings, has been appointed.
227 Posted 01/12/2017 at 13:22:35
228 Posted 01/12/2017 at 13:30:12
229 Posted 01/12/2017 at 14:07:08
'You are completely forgetting, at the time of their appointments we didn't realise they were out of their depth. Based on Sam's record, he is way out of his depth'
I'm not forgetting this at all. I'm pointing it out. Here is my point when people start crying out for this boring manager to go because he isn't cracking the top 4, and drooling over for the next flavour-of-the-month to come in (like many on here were with Martinez, De Boer, Bilic, Koeman) do yourself a favour and remember how it turned out last time.
Unless you are one of the top, top teams in the Premier League (which sadly we are not) what wins football games is having a solid defence, being well organised and everyone knowing their jobs.
Bore of with your 30% win rate as well, how many games you think Mourinho would have won with Sunderland and Crystal Palace the last couple of years?
230 Posted 01/12/2017 at 14:13:29
We'd be no more a laughing stock than we've been whilst in the bottom 3 and getting twatted by 4 and 5 goals after spending BIG during the summer.
Aren't we a better club than that? Than giving somebody 18 months money for 6 months work you mean?
Far from a laughing stock it might just show that at long last we're getting a ruthless streak instead of being "good old Everton, that lovely club that's nice to everyone."
231 Posted 01/12/2017 at 14:16:17
Exciting times to be a True Blue, as it always is when a new chapter is starting.
The only way is up. I hope.
232 Posted 01/12/2017 at 14:18:20
You would be happy with that approach? (sacking someone after 6 months of an 18 month contract before we even know how well he is going to do).
Do you not find it irritating when players use Everton like a stepping stone? I presume you do, because who doesn't? You would be okay for us to use someone as a stepping stone though?
We can't just sign him up for 18 months then stab him in the back, that would be so utterly beyond contempt it beggars belief. I couldn't even see Chelsea doing that, nevermind a sop like Kenwright.
233 Posted 01/12/2017 at 14:28:16
There's a difference between being serious and cut throat in a tough and competitive league and being downright unprofessional. The latter, which I dare say we would be if we sacked Sam after 6 months on the basis that he is 'not fashionable' would leave us with a reputation as being a club without any sort of contractual decency. In the long run do you think that would attract anyone to fill the job or join us, beyond mercenaries?
And you know what, maybe we are too nice sometimes, but I chose Everton because we are a decent club with great history and values and not some cold-hearted sell-out plastic piece of crap who would do anything for a point.
234 Posted 01/12/2017 at 14:30:51
I can't disagree with any of your last points. However, for our current manager, I would be happy to make an exception. Altogether now, "We found love in a hopeless place."
235 Posted 01/12/2017 at 14:49:21
All talk of him never having had a chance to lead a big club is nonsense, as we are not a big club in the sense of winning trophies we are an average club, as much as it hurts me to say it, just like all the other average clubs in peril, that he has managed before. England are only an average team on the world stage. The big clubs in the Premier League are made up mostly of foreign players.
So Mr Sam 'The Spiv' average Allardyce, has merely been gifted yet another nice little bung from our 'benevolent fund' at average Everton, to perpetrate his average 'don't lose' survival philosophy, which the Board see as the perfect solution to ensure that their Premier League millions continue to roll in. Really wets the appetite, doesn't it?
236 Posted 01/12/2017 at 14:51:10
It's written by some old fool, who with more time to look back on, [than he has to look forward to], is threatening to reveal his eleven favourite players from the 1940s/50s/60s/ 70s/ and 80s "Webmaster permitting"
His choice of goalkeeper featured in part one, is Gordon West, to some just a name, but to others a chance to drift back to the days when football really was the 'Beautiful Game.
I feel sure that having spent a couple of minutes away from the Managerial debate, and having charged your batteries [so to speak], you'll be good enough for another 200 posts of delight and despair. Best wishes to all.
237 Posted 01/12/2017 at 14:59:23
I was in Dublin actually.
No, I am still trying to get my head around: (1) the performance at the weekend (lower than whale faeces); (2) the 4-0 win from nowhere; (3) the fact that the Board panicked and decided "needs must"; (4) the juxtapositioning of the words "Sam Allardyce" and "Everton Manager."
There is still a great deal in there to be processed.
238 Posted 01/12/2017 at 15:13:23
I was in a similar situation. Tuesday night, through until Thursday morning, I was 36 hours without internet in a Brazilian backwater.
Once I got the net back, TW was my first port of call. Eye-popping just about covers it. My first post on here on learning about Sam's appointment and the 4-0 whopping of der 'ammers was to explain my plight and ask:
"Did I miss much?"
You can't afford to miss a day of the Everton soap opera!
239 Posted 01/12/2017 at 15:20:02
What's the difference between sacking Allardyce after 6 months (not because he's not fashionable, nobody mentioned that as a reason) and sacking Koeman before his contract was up? Do you think Allardyce is gonna be bothered? The same man who quit Crystal Palace remember?
Where was his contractual decency when he quit there? I think you're being naive.
If Moshiri sacks him at the end of this season it'll be either because he's been absolutely gash and we've either been relegated or just survived, or because he's done the short term job that Moshiri hired him for, with a view to then hiring the manager Moshiri sees as taking us in the direction we all want to go.
You may have feelings of guilt over sacking someone and then giving them millions to help em get over it, a man from an almost unique group of employees who regularly get massive payouts for failure, ie, Martinez and Koeman, but I won't.
I don't want to sit watching us play Burton, Reading or Millwall coz we did the right thing by Allardyce ffs.
And as for history..... I want us to make it not keep looking back at it!
Sure we can keep up our excellent efforts when it comes to EitC but the Premier League is not a charity!
240 Posted 01/12/2017 at 15:26:14
241 Posted 01/12/2017 at 15:37:44
242 Posted 01/12/2017 at 15:44:24
243 Posted 01/12/2017 at 15:59:12
I was very impressed with his press conference, I thought he come across as honest and forthright. He also came across as very knowledgeable about the game and what is needed at Everton.
He will do for me.
244 Posted 01/12/2017 at 16:21:42
I remember that Gordon West could throw the ball as far as most other goalies could kick it.
245 Posted 01/12/2017 at 16:26:47
The only way we become a laughing stock is if you listen to reds who haven't got a clue about Liverpool nevermind football. Or our own bunch who think selling our best players is sound.
Other than that most people seem okay with Allardyce. The open minded fans who don't fall for trend.
246 Posted 01/12/2017 at 16:35:00
The difference is Koeman failed to deliver and Sam hasnt even managed a game yet and already people want him sacked at the end of the season. That is the difference and the point I was clearly making.
248 Posted 01/12/2017 at 16:44:46
The point I was making is that I "believe" Moshiri views him as a short term appointment and has hired him on an 18 month contract because he couldn't hire him on a 6 month one.
I believe, unless Allardyce works absolute miracles, that Moshiri will sack him and look for a long term manager at the end of the season.
249 Posted 01/12/2017 at 16:49:24
250 Posted 01/12/2017 at 16:57:01
For me, the expectation is always at the moment to finish top half and have a good cup run but my hope is always a Champions League place and a cup win. Somewhere in all that between hope and expectation is what determines if he's been successful or not at Everton.
251 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:02:40
"Age won't come into it" I see that BS is holding a shirt in the press conference, hope he is not thinking of playing himself.
252 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:05:39
After due reflection, my brain has decided that it can only take on board this information by calling our new manager, "Samuello Allardicio."
Allardicio now joins a roll call which includes Catterick and Kendall at one end of the spectrum, and Walker and Koeman at the other.
253 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:09:48
Still, it's good for a giggle how petty some of this stuff gets... having said that, everyone is entitled to their thoughts!
I for one don't mind in the slightest Big Sam is here. In fact, I'm pretty happy about having a gaffer that won't take any nonsense or laziness and knows the Premier League.
Aye, it's a press conference and you usually hear the same guff but there was one word being used that I liked hearing a lot of and it didn't escape out last manager's mouth much...nope, not 'ambition'... but 'we'. Which enforces the core point I'm failing to make...
Regardless of our personal thoughts on the gaffer or coaching staff... we need to accept it, embrace it and move forward together. We need to support our deadly club together. Who knows what will happen... but COYB!!
255 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:18:09
256 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:42:17
Three Evertonians played in that match: Keith Newton, Brian Labone, and Alan Ball. I remember the game well: what a let-down!
257 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:00:21
If you did read the article you will have read that on his debut for Everton, Gordon West showed an ability to throw the ball great distances with a degree of accuracy, something that was new to us, and something that he continued to do throughout his career.
As the title of the article suggests, favourites aren't always the best, and in my opinion and I don't think many will disagree, the best goalkeeper we've had in our lifetime is Neville Southall. However when it came to choosing a favourite, I was torn between Gordon West, and Jimmy O'Neill, and I've seen every keeper since Ted Sagar
I apologise to everyone for gatecrashing the Sam Allardyce show, but I have followed it as best I could, but in truth after the first fifty or so posts, different people on both sides of the divide, were expressing the same views, there was nothing new being brought to the debate.
I appreciate that I may be the odd one out, but there isn't a thread for reminiscence, and for supporters of my age, the past is all we can look forward to. Apologies once again, and best wishes to all John.
258 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:32:58
259 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:48:23
260 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:44:07
Anyway, the idea that anyone, not employed in a coaching capacity for Everton FC ,should be advising players before a game, was, to me at any rate delusional in the extreme.
However, I read today in one of Lyndon's articles, that is exactly what happened. He addressed the team before the game. I am the delusional one. My apologies.
261 Posted 02/12/2017 at 09:13:54
The win was all down to Rhino.
262 Posted 02/12/2017 at 18:54:10
263 Posted 04/12/2017 at 19:37:17
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