The managerial merry-go-round has been spinning consistently since David Moyes left the club. Following the departure of the Scotsman, Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce and most recently Marco Silva have been in the hot seat, with each achieving varying degrees of success.
There have been highs and lows for most, but so far, Marco Silva has achieved very little when it comes to things that need to be celebrated. Now, of course, they’ve only played 7 league games, but with only 1 win, the Toffees are in a bad way at the moment.
What makes the situation even worse is that prior to his arrival, Everton were fairly stable. They weren’t exciting, granted, but the buck stops with results; and Silva has, as of yet, been unable to match his predecessor on that front. Indeed, the season may only be a few weeks old, but their decision to move Allardyce on is already beginning to look like a bit of a mistake.
After all, on the results front, Allardyce delivered what the Toffees needed. Granted, it wasn’t always exciting to see the long balls lofted up to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and it’s never fun watching your team defend for 90 minutes. However, Everton don’t have the luxury of being able to get both. For a team like Chelsea or Man City, they have the firepower and funds to ensure success regardless of how they play, and Silva has proven this season that Everton aren’t quite so fortunate. Despite spending big over the summer, they’ve been unable to turn things around – and that shows the position that they’re in.
They need results first and foremost, and Allardyce gave them that. With just 8 losses in 24 games – which is just 2 more than Silva has suffered in 7 games – that sort of form was enough to comfortably keep Everton afloat. Their form this season, though, is far closer to relegation candidacy than Europa League competitiveness.
Allardyce didn’t just do it at Everton, though. Wherever he has gone, he’s achieved moderate success. Granted, whilst Everton could have been the pinnacle of his career, decent spells at clubs like West Ham and Crystal Palace proved his talent, and though, again, he didn’t deliver much excitement – rarely did he fall below expectations.
For Everton, then, whilst things could yet turn around – it might have been a better choice to stick with Allardyce for now. Instead, they’ve looked to make too much change too soon – and that’s been problematic. Perhaps they would have been wiser to stick with the reliability of Big Sam for another year before this transitional phase.
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