Alan Green is covering the Everton v Newcastle match for BBC Sport and has been talking ahead of the game.
The Match of The Day commentator has focused on the two managers.
Only one point and one place separates the two clubs before kick-off, Everton ninth and Newcastle tenth, though NUFC have a game in hand.
However, Alan Green says there couldn’t be a bigger gulf when it comes to the two managers and their respective ‘fans’.
He asks how many Everton fans want Fat Sam ‘retained’, well I think the scousers have made quite clear they’d like to do a lot of things to Allardyce but ‘retaining’ him is not one of them.
As for Newcastle fans, Alan Green declares ‘There are no such concerns about Rafa Benitez’ when it comes to wanting him to stay.
The MOTD man raises the question we all worry about, whether Mike Ashley will finally back Rafa properly and ‘be given the resources to allow Newcastle to thrive as they should do.’
The signs are ominous so far, with Rafa Benitez telling journalists ahead of the game at Goodison Park, that he can’t keep performing ‘miracles’ without proper support and backing in the transfer market.
Tonight’s game is important in terms of who will finish higher in mid-table and for Newcastle fans, it would be particularly good to see Rafa and his players get the eighth or ninth position they deserve.
However, you feel there are far bigger battles ahead for both managers, Rafa Benitez to get the support of the club’s owner, whilst Sam Allardyce has to win over the Everton fans.
I dread to think that Rafa faces just as difficult a job as Fat Sam…
“Thankfully, for the sake of both clubs, fears over relegation are now banished.
“Outsiders are left to ponder over the fate awaiting individuals, particularly the two managers.
“Sam Allardyce did the job he was brought in for. His organisation undoubtedly helped Everton regain their proper footing on the Premier League ladder.
“However, his ‘style’ clearly didn’t bring him into the hearts of the club’s supporters.
“How many want him retained as manager?
“There are no such concerns about Rafa Benitez.
“The Geordies adore him and rightly so.
“But he’s still surely worried about Mike Ashley’s ownership and whether he’ll be given the resources to allow Newcastle to thrive as they should do.
“For different reasons, you can’t be sure Allardyce and Benitez will still be in place next season.”
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