After repeated attempts to try and get Marco Silva over a period of time, Everton fans eventually saw Sam Allardyce take over as manager.
The thought of having him in charge led to many Everton fans slaughtering the idea, confident that it was never going to happen.
However, now many of them are changing their tune based on so very little, with only the odd voice of reason.
Sunday saw Liverpool with 79% possession to Everton’s 21%, 23 shots to 3, 12 corners to 1, whilst they got their very lucky equaliser from one of the softest penalties you will have seen.
This followed a predictable home win over Huddersfield who had been terrible on their travels this season (one win five defeats) before going to Goodison Park, Everton then following up with a win over Cypriot side Apollon Limassol in a dead group game between two reserve sides.
However, this hasn’t prevented Everton fans falling for Fat Sam’s ‘charms’ already, little do they suspect what lies ahead.
Comments from Everton fans via their top Grand Old Team message board:
‘No unexpected losses with Big Sam in charge. I’m coming round to the guy.
Defensively we look more resilient. Even after conceding, we kept at it. Can you imagine that a month or so ago? If he can keep this defensive strength up and expand our attacking play, then I for one will be happy. I would never have chosen him as Everton manager, but now he’s here then I’m behind him.
I wonder if we have found a manager who will just click. I just get a feeling that Sam might get rid of the loser mentality in the players, and if he can do that, then the sky’s the limit.’
‘Liked his little digs at Klopp
“He can moan all he wants but it’s a penalty,”
“Clear-cut chances for Liverpool were very few and far between for such a talented team.”
We may miss him when he’s gone. Meanwhile, buckle up, this could be fun for a bit.’
‘I think Sam should be given a large contract. If he can organize a defence is such a short time, he can take Everton places. Hope he is there for a long time now, could be his last job.’
‘If it (Sam Allardyce negative tactics) is good enough for (Man) Utd to park the bus at the Pit, its good enough for me too.
Well, earned point for us yesterday.
‘If he gets another FACTS rant out of Rafa after Wednesday night he’s officially boss.’
‘Big credit to Sam for the agricultural footie and all. Horrible to watch, but at least it’s a result, like. And i’ll take that any day over winning the passing stats in a phenomenal fashion.’
‘I love the fact that everyone hates him.’
‘My view is that Sam did not set up to play so negatively yesterday…
But that plan was scuppered because Pickford’s ball distribution was dreadful.
I think the idea was for him to start the attacks by getting the ball quickly up the field to our two strikers but every time he hoofed it forward it either went straight into touch or found one of our men in an impossible position.’
‘That was a master class in defending from Sam yesterday.’
‘The very essence of his personality that made me hate the guy over the years, actually had me smiling yesterday. His handling of Klopp was just classic Allardyce. He may be a horror but I guess he’s our horror now.’
‘At the moment it is all about results and points.
We can look at performances later when the management team have properly settled and added players to their squad. So far they have been looking at the next game up and trying to figure a way to get something out of it rather than developing a style of play.
Sam is a pragmatic manager and knows how to get the best out of what he has at his disposal.’
‘He has made us more organised and solid at the back, unbeaten and conceded only 1 goal since he took over. Don’t think any other manager could have done that so fast and effectively considering how bad we were. We were getting thrashed by even the poorest teams.
I am definitely happy with the new management team so far and i can only see us improving as we move forward.’
‘The reception he got before the West Ham game shows that the majority of the fans were willing to give him a chance, and, in less than a fortnight he’s won over, to a greater or lesser extent, a lot of doubters in the fan base.’
‘I’ve no problem with him playing a defensive game instead of getting absolutely rinsed by superior attacking opposition. I expect us to be more expansive against struggling Newcastle and Swansea. 6 points would see us in a very healthy situation considering the start to the season.
Also, echoing a lot of people’s comments, it’s a nice feeling to have a manager who is proud to manage the club.’
‘As a short term expedient and in one off games against the better teams at the moment it is acceptable but there is no way we should play like that in the future.
That was a stereotypical BS performance (from what I have seen of his recent teams Newcastle, West Ham and Palace).
Unless BS can show an ability to play more progressive football ( it doesn’t have to be Pep’s possesion stuff , but please not hoofball all the time ) then we need a new manager next season.’
‘Bit early to even think about judging him yet and talking about other managers! He has inherited a mess of a team and will need a bit of time to sort out what he has.
I honestly believe he could go on to be a very good manager for us and with the money to buy some decent players for the first time in his managerial career will actually relish that challenge.’
‘My opinion won’t change after today about not wanting him as manager.
But what I do want to mention, even though it was a pitiful performance, it got a result and just for the players and mentally where they’re at I think it could be a massive point.
I’ll give him credit for that.
Let’s see if we can express ourselves a little more on Wednesday and get the 3 points.’
‘Big Sam’s royal blue army are still unbeaten!’
‘His style of football has been indicative of the quality of squad at his disposal. He’s done what was needed at all clubs he’s been at.
What’s to say he won’t continue at Everton, whether that’s staying up this season or qualifying for Europe?’
‘Credit where it’s due. But hoping we actually play football against Newcastle.’
‘If there is one thing big Sam does well it’s make heads fall off. So naturally I like him.’
‘We got lucky getting the Big Man, timing was perfect.’
‘We could end up getting Rafa sacked on Wednesday.
Its starting to feel a lot like Christmas!’
‘Actually starting to really like Allardyce.’
‘Maybe it’s time we had a nasty man at the helm.’
‘It reminds me of an interview I read with the Palace chairman shortly after Big Sam got the job there. Allardyce said that he won’t play tiki taka football if he got the job because it was entireley unsuited to the players at Palace.
And furthermore he said that any interviewee who said they could turn them into Barca was talking nonsense and was either lying or didn’t understand football.
He knows how to work with what he’s got and today was a prime example.’
‘Can’t wait for his first signing.
The way he talks about it being important to set the right tone I think it’s going to be a good one.’
‘We’re starting to like him.’
‘He’s a cracking manager and we are lucky to have him. He will also be great in the transfer market. I think he’s starting to suspect he’s found his perfect club.’
‘Allardyce is streetwise and sees it on the pitch as it is. He also doesn’t give one about what anyone thinks.
Quite refreshing this.’
‘Whats interesting with him, is you do see another side to him when he manages you.
You have these moments where you are almost ashamed at his brash chip on the shoulder.
There are also moments though, where he is very articulate, thoughtful and confident.’