Sam Allardyce is feeling the pressure.
Last week he annoyed Everton fans off the pitch, as well as them being disillusioned with what they are having to watch on the pitch under him.
Speaking ahead of a defeat at Burnley, Fat Sam claimed that expectations were the same at Everton and Newcastle & West Ham, despite the vast sums of money that have been invested in the team at Goodison.
However, ahead of their home game with Brighton on Saturday, Sam Allardyce has tried to get Everton fans back onboard by having a cheap dig at Newcastle United.
The desperate Toffees boss declaring that ‘The history of Everton is far greater than Newcastle and West Ham’.
No wonder he wants to talk about nonsense like that and deflect from the boring losing football that fans of Newcastle and West Ham would recognise, the last 12 matches have seen only two victories and Everton are now in the relegation fight.
Whilst he has tried to score some cheap points to win favour with them, I doubt if many Everton fans will be fooled.
I guess there will be very few impressed either with Sam Allardyce also insisting that he wants to stay at the club long-term and has been holding talks with Everton’s owners to reach agreement on him remaining at the club for years to come.
That would be a classic if it happens.
Sam Allardyce pre-Brighton press conference:
“Every club’s fans have a lot of passion and the history of Everton is far greater than Newcastle and West Ham, but every fan has great demands and when there are big crowds the demand is bigger.
“For me Everton is completely different to Newcastle or West Ham but it was just a comparison – it wasn’t anything other than that.
“The ambition at Everton is different to Newcastle and different to West Ham but if you don’t play as well as they expect you to play, and don’t entertain, they show their disapproval and that’s what you have to deal with as a manager.
“It’s very disappointing for everybody, myself included, that we have slipped to where we have slipped to after we put ourselves in such a fantastic position in the early stages of me walking through the door.
“I came out of retirement because there was a long term plan at Everton and a long term aspect going forward that I was excited to be part of..
“Rather than short term I want it to be a long-term appointment.
“I’m having talks with him (Farhad Moshiri) but obviously those talks are confidential.
“We’re in a difficult period at the moment but we have to try and turn that around on Saturday.”