Peter Beardsley thinks that Sam Allardyce ‘understands football better than anybody’.
Well, I certainly think Fat Sam understands better than anybody how to extricate massive amounts of cash from football clubs despite having such limited ability, including the millions he lifted out of Newcastle United after making a total mess and wasting loads of cash on hopeless players.
He may have never been relegated from the Premier League but for any ambitious club looking for a new manager, it isn’t the greatest of CVs.
Everton fans found themselves landed with the fat oaf after Watford repeatedly refused to allow Marco Silva to leave.
At first they tried to look on the positives...as you do when you are landed with a new manager, you know you are going to have them for at least X amount of time and so you have to try and make the best of it.
Peter Beardsley claims it was a ‘masterstroke’ and some early results against Premier League strugglers, as well as a derby draw at Liverpool, meant Everton fans saw some encouraging signs.
However, that draw against Liverpool which saw the Toffees ending up drawing 1-1 at Anfield was thanks to a ridiculously soft penalty, Liverpool having had 23 shots to Everton’s 3, 12 corners to 1, as well as 79% possession.
This was Everton in a derby match against a decent Liverpool team, not an underfunded promoted Newcastle taking on Manchester City.
Everton travel to Anfield once again tonight and Beardsley says he thinks Sam Allardyce would take another 1-1 draw.
Well, many Everton fans are now a little bit more aware of just what life under Allardyce is really going to be like, as in the last four matches Everton have scored only one goal.
This quartet of matches included games against West Brom and Bournemouth, yet Everton have had only four shots on target in over six hours of Premier League football. To put that in context, Newcastle had six efforts on target just in the Stoke match on Monday, compared to Sam Allardyce’s four in total in four matches.
Everton fans now already expressing concerns on forums/message boards at just how poor and negative the football is under Allardyce.
Peter Beardsley speaking to the Liverpool Echo:
“Sam Allardyce is a brilliant manager and has a proven track record. He understands football better than anybody.
“He is a really clever manager and getting him in was a masterstroke for Everton.
“And for Sam to have brought in Sammy Lee [as a coach], who has been on both sides of the park now, was perfect.
“Sammy is a brilliant coach and a brilliant person. He looks after people, cares for people, loves the job and has a contagious enthusiasm for his work.
“What happened in the derby match last month would have been the perfect scenario for Big Sam. I mean that positively. He had a carefully thought-out game-plan, which his team bought into and it worked superbly.
“I cannot speak for him but I imagine he would take a 1-1 draw again to get Liverpool back to Goodison Park.
“They are proper football people on Merseyside. I work with Dave Watson and Kevin Richardson now at Newcastle and we talk about it all the time.”