Former Everton manager Sam Allardyce has blasted Marco Silva’s tactics, claiming that his ‘so-called open attacking football’ is ‘fake news’.
The ex-England boss rubbished claims that Silva’s expansive, attacking football was any better than his more pragmatic approach, making particular reference to the Toffees’ questionable away form over the last two seasons.
Allardyce guided Everton to an eighth-place finish during his first and only season with the club when he replaced the sacked Ronald Koeman in November 2017.
After six months in charge, and arguably turning things around at Goodison Park, Allardyce was sacked in the summer and replaced with current boss Silva.
Despite results on paper going Everton’s way in his stint on Merseyside, players were dissatisfied with the style of football Allardyce implemented – with many fans and pundits alike criticising his conservative approach.
Speaking to TalkSPORT on Alan Brazil’s breakfast show, the 64-year-old has hit back, claiming Silva’s philosophy is part of a fake news phenomenon.
“Now they’re trying to play more of this rubbish that goes around the world of football, this fake news of so-called ‘open, attractive football’, explained Allardyce.
“It’s not ‘open, attractive football’ if you’re fourth from bottom of the league with 11 points. Everton fans won’t put up with that.
“Of course, the bigger pressure on any Everton manager is if you spend that much money, they expect you to be in the top six, not the bottom six.
“It looked like Marco had found a good way of playing by winning games and keeping clean sheets at the back end of last year, but that has deserted them. They are conceding far too many goals far too easily.”
Indeed, despite their differences in footballing outlook, Silva now finds himself in an almost untenable position – but the beauty and fluidity of a team that plays expansive, open football could be hard to argue against in the long run.
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