In November last year, Everton signed Sam Allardyce on a two-year deal following the club’s terrible start to the season and it seems the fans were right to be fairly sceptical over the arrival of the former Bolton boss.
Ronald Koeman was sacked after following a start which saw Everton drop to 18th in the league having only won two games. The Toffees had spent heavily over the summer but had failed to replace the massive void left by Romelu Lukaku.
Allardyce took over following a slight resurgence at the club which saw them rise to 13th and in truth, considering the huge financial backing the club now have, it was an incredibly conservative appointment from a club that should be pushing for the top seven places.
The clubs darkest day
— Davey (@DaveyBilo) November 30, 2017
— Seoirse stanton (@seoirse_stanton) November 30, 2017
Massive disappointment. Good luck to anyone whos in charge but hoping it doesnt go beyond June.
— Fidgell (@IamFidgell) November 30, 2017
Not wanted not welcome #allardyceout
— Greg (@gmorgan9efc) November 30, 2017
I'm still hoping that this, and the season so far, is just a bizarre dream
— Andy Beckett (@andybeckett77) December 1, 2017
Sad day for @Everton RIP 30.11.2017
— Martin Turner (@Blueboy5197) December 1, 2017
Totally sums up the mediocrity Everton and evertonians have settled for and seem happy with
— Eleanor (@elle_efc) November 30, 2017
Despite having previously announced his retirement from management, Allardyce signed a two-year deal with Toffees. It’s safe to say that after such a terrible start to the season, the Everton board was terrified about the terrible possibility of being drawn into the relegation battle. However, considering the talent at the club, appointing Allardyce was still an incredibly shortsighted signing.
Although he guided the club to a six-game unbeaten run and steadied the defence, it was quite clear that his ultra-defensive style of play was not going to fit into the fans’ expectations for the season.
The journeyman manager guided Everton to eighth in the league but throughout most of his six-month spell, his style of play was heavily criticised by the fans. In the Premier League, Everton won 10 matches, lost six and drew eight but ended his time at the club with a 3-1 defeat to West Ham.
In reality, it was a season wasted by the club. For a club that has ambitions of breaking into the top-five, Allardyce’s appointment was one of absolute desperation and the Everton fans were right to be downbeat about it.
Everton fans, thoughts?