Sam Allardyce says he would like to be more than just a short-term fixer at Everton and expressed his hopes of bringing a “winning brand” of football back to Goodison Park.
The one-time England manager was confirmed as the Toffees' new boss yesterday when he agreed an 18-month contract and he said the draw of such a big club made the offer to come out of retirement impossible to turn down.
“Everton was always going to be a temptation to come back out of retirement and take up the challenge,” he said at his first press conference since taking the role. “I'd been offered a number of jobs since retiring from Crystal Palace and, finally, Everton came along and in the end it was done within 48 hours, even with me being in Dubai.
“I'm delighted that I've come back into a club of this size, magnitude and history. The name of the club says it all. I couldn't say no when they came back; I didn't really have a tough decision to make.
“[The club] is in a difficult place at the moment which nobody expected which is probably why they've asked me to take the reins and bring a bit of stability.
“But this I want it to be much more than that, really. I want to see the club grow and live along with the ambitions it's had recently. They finished seventh last season and got into Europe and everybody expected it would be a good season.
“That has happened for whatever reason and it's my job to steer them back in the right direction and then try and get them back in the European places and FA Cup Final.
“The first and foremost thing is to get back to winning ways, bring some stability to the club and get them playing as well as they did the other night consistently.”
Allardyce was asked whether he viewed the job as a longer-term project than the 18-month contract he signed suggests and he was pragmatic in his assessment of the current environment for top-flight managers.
“Yeah, because contracts don't really mean anything much these days except that you need to sign a written contract in terms of the negotiations but if you do well, that contract gets extended and if you don't, you get sacked.
“That's what we have to face these days. I think the average life of a Premier League manager is about 14 months or so. So, if you're going forward and the club is going in the right direction and you can deliver the ambition of the football club — and this club has a lot ambition, certainly from the owners down; we all know the fans have ambitions, they always have done…
“So if we get the right recruitment and we can galvanise the players that are already here… and the most important thing we can do here is keep the players fit because nine of them are injured.
“I have to resolve all those problems because even though Europe will finish next week, we're going into 10 games in December because of the Christmas period so getting those players fit will be a crucial part of our success.”
The hiring of Allardyce, has dismayed many Everton supporters who see it as a step back from the ambitious targets that Farhad Moshiri and the Board had when they appointed Ronald Koeman and a reflection of the club's desperate plight.
The Dudley-born former England manager was asked if he felt he had to win the fans over at Goodison Park and he said that he would be looking to bring a “winning brand” of football to his new club.
“Everybody has to win the fans over,” Allardyce replied. ”If you lose, the fans criticise you; if you win, the fans are okay with you. There's nothing I can do about whatever perception the fans have of me. [Those views have been expressed] over many, many years. It's not true, of course — we play the game of football to try and win it.
“With the players we have available, my job is to try to allow the players to play to their strengths and that has always been the case wherever I've been. I've never played the same way at any football club I've managed and I've managed seven in the Premier League now, which is more than anybody else.
“Each club has had a different philosophy on how they should play, a different way that they should play, and all I've tried to do is live up to that philosophy and, luckily, wherever I have been, I've been able to leave the club in a far better position than when I've taken over.
“Who knows how far we can take Everton? Only time will tell.”
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1 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:22:27
2 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:27:11
3 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:34:31
4 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:34:32
Sam (wiping flakey-pastry debris from his chin): "Well firstly I'd hope to..."
5 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:36:23
No more BS just tough talking and performances.
6 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:39:11
7 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:40:11
I hope he kicks some experienced shite into place or out the club. I don't think he'll get messed around. He'll have been well informed on all things Everton by Reidy.
8 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:40:51
Gawd, you're (we're) going back a bit there, used to love the old Hotspur.
Got a good feeling about the game tomorrow, let's hope the new manager's winning syndrome, holds true to get us up that table.
Watched Huddersfield a couple of times recently on the telly, bit of a Jekyll and Hyde side, let's hope It's Hyde tomorrow, or it'll be Hide for us!
9 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:42:36
While not liking certain things about him, he could actually be just what we need at least for the short term.
11 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:46:23
Even in his interviews, he didn't seem arsed until he knew the axe was about to fall on his head, but by then he had totally lost the fans anyway.
At least Sam will give us a lot more respect than Koeman ever did. I am not overjoyed by his appointment but we all need to get behind him, the club and the team. Hopefully onwards and upwards from now on.
You never know it may turn out to be a great journey. If anyone isn't fully behind the club, please stay away. We've had too much negativity around the club this season. We don't need anymore. COYB
12 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:47:09
13 Posted 01/12/2017 at 17:52:28
I actually hope he does well with us.
14 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:11:48
Little to excite or look forward to, just staying in the division. Big club, my arse.
15 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:14:02
For the first time in ages Im looking up the table and thinking who we can reel in rather than worrying about Crystal Pakace and Bournemouth et al.
Hes sort of developed this firefighting reputation and rightly so but has he ever really been given a chance at a big club?
Not my first choice at all but Im fully behind him now! And I dont think the press conference has harmed him at all!
16 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:16:25
We should all be behind him. He'll improve the way we are playing at the moment. Maybe not sexy football but enough to lift the team and despondency that shrouds our great club.
17 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:43:53
You should watch the video. I liked this bit:
Q: "Why was Everton so tempting?"
A: "Because it's Everton. The name of the club says it all"
Then he went on to set the bar high. Europe and a Cup is what he wants.
The only negative was the Ross Barkley stuff. He rubbed his nose a lot, now i'm no body language expert, but isn't that a sign of untruthfulness? Anyway, what he did say was that Everton had tried and failed to get him to sign a new deal. He went on to say that if he wanted the contract he would want, then he needs to be playing well. He kind of left the door open to him, but it didn't leave me full of optimism like Unsworth did.
Anyway, he certainly talked the talk. I can see why he's a good motivator. Lots of positives there. Let's hope he can deliver on what he promises and do our best to forget all the corruption.
He's also on the Everton Show now.
18 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:52:07
19 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:52:43
20 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:56:44
Colin, Allardyce went on about great a club Everton were after Andy Gray, Peter Reid, Paul Bracewell, someone else I forget, and Duncan Ferguson told him. I assume this means he's some kind of mate of his. He also mentioned him being on the staff.
He also talked about Alan Kelly. Alan was brought in temporarily as keeper coach by Unsworth. Allardyce said he would assess him and all the other coaches and that probably some would leave. I doubt he would cull the U23 squad, so who's he talking about? Kelly? Ferguson? Or is he talking the youth setup? Unsworth? Ebbrell? Jeffers? etc?
21 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:57:38
He likes Chicken and Mushroom pie too, so watch out next time you're at the Match.
22 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:58:43
23 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:58:57
"John Pierce #54
Stones to City, Hart plus cash in return
Lukaku to United, Rooney plus cash in return
Smart business that Ron!
24 Posted 01/12/2017 at 18:58:57
25 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:03:40
Stole a living as a player, stealing a living as a coach.
26 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:14:03
As for Dunc, I have to agree with Andy. He seems to be stealing a living on the back of his legend status. A job in hospitality or Everton in the community would surely be more fitting.
27 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:20:51
28 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:22:06
29 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:22:37
30 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:23:47
31 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:25:18
"the days of celebrating survival are over"
"those Euro nights out that end in far away places contesting a final".
And the scorching Martinez received on here... where is he btw? Well he is coaching one of the favourites for the World Cup. Clown!
32 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:32:05
"I've been able to leave the club in a far better position than when I've taken over"
I think that's debatable.
Bolton: were Premier League; now Championship.
Newcastle: were Premier League, up until Benitez; Championship.
Blackburn: Premier League; now League One.
West Ham: Premier League; now still in Premier League but crap.
Sunderland: Premier League; now League One and crap.
Palace: Premier League; now bottom of Premier League.
It doesn't matter if you like him or not, those are the facts. You could argue they decline when Allardyce leaves or you could argue that his management style in the long run damages the clubs.
33 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:38:53
So on your theory, we are in the shit now because Kendall left for Bilbao?
34 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:41:36
35 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:49:19
In the press conference, he said all the right things and more. He didn't do any knives to gunfight comments. He didn't try to quell expectations, he actually promised more. He came across better than anyone could hope.
What I and I expect others will now do, is hold him to those standards and promises. If he meets them, then he won't have a problem. If he fails to deliver, then he knows what's coming next.
I also believe, that unless he delivers 7th or finishes the season playing real class football, then we will go back in the summer for Silva, or maybe Fonseca, and pay Allardyce off.
36 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:53:58
37 Posted 01/12/2017 at 19:54:33
38 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:04:23
To reiterate my post, I stated if you like him or not those are the facts. You can read into it that he's such a good manager they inevitably decline once he's left, or, you could argue that they aren't better once he's left.
He stated the clubs he managed are better off, I'm saying that's debatable, I didn't say I had a theory.
39 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:08:49
40 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:13:15
He should have been the one to step into the breach when Koeman went, he was the only one left who had been working with the first team squad. Unsworth hadn't been near the first team, yet he was put in charge, what does that say about Ferguson's coaching ability?
No doubt he'll be around until his sponsor leaves. Another charity case.
42 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:17:42
I noticed before the West Ham game he had Rooney amongst the practising strikers and that didn't turn out too bad either. Some fans really need to get out of the hearsay mode and do some fact finding before assuming Ferguson steals a living.
I also think he is a legend in some fans eyes for being part of an FA Cup winning side and being a real force in big games. The games people talk about. He was definitely stupid at times no doubt.
I also think he takes to fans like a gentleman should and is a genuine person in a way most people cry about players not being anymore.
43 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:22:05
44 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:25:07
45 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:25:23
What he said was correct. What happens long after he's gone is not down to him.
Far better to just come out and say you don't want him here rather than make snide comments.
Let's just hear the boos he gets tomorrow from those of the anti brigade who haven't burnt their season tickets.
46 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:27:07
47 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:27:07
49 Posted 01/12/2017 at 20:57:10
50 Posted 01/12/2017 at 21:40:13
51 Posted 01/12/2017 at 21:42:17
52 Posted 01/12/2017 at 21:49:45
53 Posted 01/12/2017 at 22:02:04
Under Martinez people loved his positivity when we were winning, but it grated when we were losing. People thought Koeman's detachment and brutal 'honesty' was just what we needed when we were winning and called it a problem when we were losing. Unsworth's love for the club was rated highly for about a week!
The only thing that matters is the performance of the team.
I didn't want Sam. It says a massive amount about the ambition, capability and knowledge of our ownership.
But if I took one thing from that press conference it's that he's a leader. Everyone gets aligned with him and does their job or they can leave. He wasn't nasty about it, just stated facts.
And right now, this club needs a leader more than anything else. It needs everyone working towards one aim.
Performances will dictate his success. Now he's in the chair, he'll get my support.
54 Posted 01/12/2017 at 22:18:54
The way the team all celebrated the goals the other night made me think are they feeling a bit more settled now the manager is announced or were they together anyway? Either way the team look like their up for a fight.
It's now a case of getting the most from our quality players. It's up to the new regime to find a winning formula and like Allardyce says a new set up needs everyone to bond and give it a go.
55 Posted 01/12/2017 at 22:56:37
He has landed a top job here and he knows it, so hopefully he can steady the ship but I will be happily and greatly surprised if he gets us playing free flowing good tactical football.
One thing is though is that it's actually good to understand what he's actually saying unlike the last couple we have had.
56 Posted 02/12/2017 at 00:38:05
Really looking forward to the game tomorrow and even managed to get a ticket for my daughter. Huddersfield look a half decent side so should be interesting. I hope Sam Allardyce gets a proper Goodison welcome, he deserves to be given every chance to succeed.
57 Posted 02/12/2017 at 00:39:41
58 Posted 02/12/2017 at 01:28:17
Particular note is that he said he's always managed with what he's had at his disposal, he's got arguably the bet squad he's had at his disposal and with some additions this could be exciting .
59 Posted 02/12/2017 at 01:41:07
Every club he has managed looks much better than when he took over and when he leaves they go into a sharp decline.
He was fired at Newcastle, West Ham and Blackburn for not playing attractive enough football (yet keeping them all safe and solid) but those teams were all relegated shortly after he left because he was actually making a poor bunch of players look decent.
The only time he's ever had real quality players (although admittedly aging) was at Bolton and they were 5th in the premier league when he left.
I didn't want Big Sam here but I've always rated him as a manager so I'm not going to be a hypocrite and start finding ways to start proving that he's a poor appointment now. We're in the shit due to poor recruitment, poor leadership and lack of squad morale.
Those are things that someone Big Sam will sort straight out.
Will he reopen the School of Science? No.
Will he break us into the top 4? Probably not.
Will he attract the big name players Moshiri wants? Probably not.
Will we get any worse? No.
Will we get relegated? Absolutely not.
Considering where we're at, let's just hope he steadies the ship, gets the squad fit, bonded and focused and then in 18 months we can start talking about aspiration to break into the top 6 again.
60 Posted 02/12/2017 at 03:57:45
61 Posted 02/12/2017 at 04:18:13
What's the point of being a supporter if you can't even have hopes and dreams as you clearly refuse to?
Personally, I'm waiting on hopefully for a boost to my Christmas spirit this year!!
You?.. 'But I've already got a fucking mince pie!' yeah?
62 Posted 02/12/2017 at 04:21:00
63 Posted 02/12/2017 at 06:39:25
Already he talks of 'us', and 'we' and I loved his response when asked why he took the job. "It's Everton isn't it?" He sees us as a big club, a step up, not a stepping stone.
Give him a chance, let him see what he can do for us. Isn't it good to have a manager who knows who and what we are? At last!
64 Posted 02/12/2017 at 07:41:52
65 Posted 02/12/2017 at 08:36:06
We now have - "Everton - the name says it all!"
66 Posted 02/12/2017 at 08:38:42
This squad is obviously unbalanced and to believe it can win and entertain suggests the idea that Koeman and Unsworth do not understand a thing in football which we all know would be wrong.
Let's just get the points which is a difficult task already for the foreseeable future.
67 Posted 02/12/2017 at 09:16:36
Views on Sammy Lee? Well I've read and heard that he's a really good coach.
He also went right up in my estimation when he pulled out of a "Liverpool Legends Night" an "Evening With Sammy Lee" a ticketed event that was being held in The Shankly hotel in town on the evening before the derby.
68 Posted 02/12/2017 at 09:37:26
69 Posted 02/12/2017 at 09:55:48
Positivity... let's hope it's catching.
I think we'll be fine. We have the off-the-field resources we didn't have before; get a couple back from injury, get a new striker in January and a defender maybe... and the balance will return.
I might even watch a game now to be honest, I've been avoiding games this season.
70 Posted 02/12/2017 at 10:24:26
I'm not implying anything at all. My conern is that while I understand his appointment right now, but my worry is for the long term. Short term wins and long term losses and his history tends to point towards that.
I also completely understand that while he's now been appointed many want complete positivity but life isn't like that. It's not black and white. I'm not against Allardyce nor am I really for him. I'm an Evertonian, I'm assuming you and most on here are too. Our common denominator is we all want the team to do well and improve. We just disagree on how to get there.
I have to reiterate my original post because you seem to be hearing what you want to hear. He said he left a legacy of clubs in more positive health and I said that was debatable. I'm not even saying it was an incorrect statement but I'm saying it was debatable because the facts point towards a history of clubs performing quite poorly now. The seeds you plant now have ramifications in the years to follow.
71 Posted 02/12/2017 at 10:52:29
72 Posted 02/12/2017 at 11:43:17
73 Posted 02/12/2017 at 11:58:44
Of course not. You just make it up as you go along.
74 Posted 02/12/2017 at 12:13:45
There's absolutely no point in being miserable about it now, that will achieve nothing. Keep a weather eye out, by all means, so that we don't have falsely raised expectations (which we can easily fall into). We need to be what we want the team to be, positive. Negativity is self-defeating, but identifying a problem if and when it arises, and thinking of a better way forward, is more likely to achieve something.
I thought his press conference was very good. It's only talk, but at least there was nothing to make me feel concerned, and many things to make me feel encouraged. I got my wife, who's a better judge of body language than me, to look at it too, and she thought he came across as a no-nonsense individual who talked clear sense and who doesn't bullshit. Most other times, she thinks managers are full of shit when they open their mouths. So that'll do for me, for the moment.
75 Posted 02/12/2017 at 12:15:38
I certainly don't make it up as I go along. I've read several articles and read several columns written by players & ex-players with regard to their appreciation for Sammy Lee's coaching talents.
Graeme Sharp and Barry Horne also spoke highly of him to me personally.
Sooooooooooooooooo, err, fuck off!
76 Posted 02/12/2017 at 12:32:18
77 Posted 02/12/2017 at 13:14:31
He will stabilise the club. Rooney will play midfield. The backline will become not nonsense and have shape. The wingers and wing backs will be pushed forward. Players with tackling ability and legs will supplement Rooney.
Sigurdsson will be the Number 10 and Niasse will spearhead the attack with runners picking up the loose balls from the midfield and wings and supplement the attack. Klaassen will be tried as a defending midfielder to break up the passing movements of the top five clubs.
Players who have the potential will be tried. If they don't make the grade, they will be replaced and gone.
79 Posted 02/12/2017 at 14:43:44
And why should we respect the opinion of ex-players anyway, whether or not you know them 'personally'. Name-dropping bellend.
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