Everton supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days following news that manager Sam Allardyce has left the club after just seven months in charge.
The former England boss replaced the sacked Ronald Koeman back in November with the Toffees very much in a relegation battle, only for Allardyce to steer the ship towards mid-table security, eventually finishing eighth in the division. However, his methods of doing so weren’t well received by Evertonians, who were hugely critical of the 63-year-old’s tactics and style of play as the season wore on at both home and away matches, with many getting their wish earlier this week with news that Allardyce had indeed left the club.
As such, several of our resident Toffees fans are discussing who could be Allardyce’s successor at Goodison Park, with many of the opinion that, whoever he is, he must seek a resolution with £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) Wayne Rooney over his future at the club.
The 32-year-old has repeatedly been linked with a move away in recent weeks, with MLS side DC United reportedly close to landing the midfielder, although reports have suggested that a change of manager at Everton could well throw the deal into doubt.
And with that having happened in recent times, Rooney could well remain at Goodison Park, which is something the new manager simply must seek to achieve given how influential the former England captain has been this term.
Some of those Everton fans lining up at the bar haven’t been overly impressed with Rooney this season, but he finished the season as the club’s highest goal-scorer with 11 in all competitions, two more than Oumar Niasse, and six more than fellow summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Significantly though, many of those goals came at a time whereby the Merseysiders were seriously struggling, with Rooney bagging in victories over Stoke City, West Ham, Newcastle United, and Swansea City to aid Everton’s cause at a time where relegation remained a possibility.
And while things maybe weren’t as good for England’s record goal-scorer in the New Year, much of that could have been down to where he was being played by Allardyce, with Rooney often in a slightly deeper role in the midfield, and as such unable to have as great an influence on proceedings.
Yet it is still within the 32-year-old to have that match-winning influence for the Toffees in the coming years, and given the amount of experience he has, alongside his incredible eye for a pass, the new manager would surely want to have a player of his calibre around the club next time round.
As such, whoever the new man is at Everton, his first job must be to sort Rooney’s future out by trying to keep him at Goodison Park.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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