Sam Allardyce confirms he will be at Everton next season and…”I have nothing but respect for Newcastle United”
It is just under 11 years since Sam Allardyce was appointed by Newcastle United as manager and a few months over 10 years since he was sacked.
Speaking at his press conference on Thursday afternoon, Allardyce still believes that when Mike Ashley sacked him it was ‘unjust’.
For most Newcastle fans, it ranks as one of the few key decisions that the owner has got right in his time at the club.
Despite his sacking, and all other available evidence since, Sam Allardyce claims to have ‘nothing but respect’ for Newcastle United.
This week had seen Everton fans reacting to a survey they’d been sent, which included asking them to rate the job Sam Allardyce was doing.
Allardyce said today that Chairman Bill Kenwright had since apologised for that question being included in the survey, although he conceded that everybody, including journalists, had got a lot of mileage out of it.
Everton fans have booed Sam Allardyce regularly, including his negative tactics at Swansea in their last game, plus Everton supporters on social media and the internet seems to be overwhelmingly against him.
Despite that, Sam Allardyce made very clear he expects to still be at Goodison next season…
Sam Allardyce pre-Newcastle match press conference:
“The Director of marketing and communications has slipped up, a big mistake. And has allowed you to write some beautiful headlines.
“Don’t ask me how many marks I’d give myself out of 10…11!
“What games we are playing (in pre-season) and where we are playing them, is nearly all sorted.
“(I will still be here) Unless someone rings me up at the highest level and says ‘Sam you are not needed anymore’…if so I would be extremely disappointed.
“The only reason I am at Everton is because the team wasn’t good enough before I got here – that was the opinion of the board.
“When I arrived it was in chaos.
(Feud with Rafa?) “That was many years ago when Rafa had just come over here and I was trying to wind everyone up, it worked well but now I’m too long in the tooth for that.
(On Newcastle United) “I have nothing but respect for that football club.
“I never feel hard done by because I only get slaughtered again by you (journalists)…I thought drawing with Liverpool home and away were great results.”
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