The early days of some Everton fans giving Sam Allardyce the benefit of the doubt are well behind them now.
Like any set of football supporters, once somebody is appointed then you know you are stuck with them for at least a certain period of time, so you do try to look for positives.
With Sam Allardyce that usually goes along the lines of ‘Well we know the football is going to be boring and rubbish but at least we’ll win more games…’
In the few months he has been at Goodison Park, it has been more than enough for the Everton fanbase to realise that boredom and poor football are just part of the Sam Allardyce curse.
It is a myth that he has any great positive influence on results overall in his career, especially when he managed at decent clubs such as Everton, West Ham and Newcastle United, whilst he was also backed at both Sunderland and Palace in the transfer market in the short time he was at that pair of clubs.
However, as much as the style of football and the results aren’t great, fans also soon find out that listening to what he has to say is at least as bad.
Excuses are his middle name and he will say anything in press conferences to try and make out that he is doing a better job than what reality tells you.
Everton play Burnley at the weekend and on Friday Sam Allardyce has been talking ahead of the match…
Questioned on the poor style of play he has Everton performing, Allardyce says that ‘Style of play is about commitment to the football club…’ and winning. The Everton boss saying that criticism of his particular style of play being an unfair ‘legacy laid on my name ten years ago’…of course it is now 10 years ago when he was thankfully sacked by Mike Ashley.
As for expectations of Everton supporters, amusingly Fat Sam has also angered his new ‘fans’ by suggesting that it is just the same at West Ham and Newcastle United!
The amounts of money that have been spent on this particular Everton squad tell you otherwise.
“The pressure at Everton is the same as Newcastle and West Ham but they have won a lot more in past years here.
“But there’s the same at Newcastle and West Ham.
“They have lots of fans that want to see the club win things and Everton are the same.
“You have to try and build a team to get success back.
“At the that would be writing this season off by getting safe and then making sure you’re in a better position to achieve something next season.”
Questioned on Everton’s style of play under him:
“Style of football for me, is going onto the pitch and playing your best.
“If that doesn’t happen then you need to change team selection or formation.
“Style of play isn’t an issue apart from a legacy laid on my name ten years ago.
“Style of play is about commitment to the football club, performing better than the opposition and coming out with the win.”