OK. I am now going to try and talk myself into accepting Allardyce.
1. We desperately need organisation.
Itís clear as day that we need organisation. In regards to a manager who spend some time (or rather his coaches do) on shape, organisation, structure with and without the ball - Big Sam does so these things.
His teams are very clear in terms of personality and ethos. Weíve lacked this for 3/4 years and the total chaos we see every week is the logical conclusion of this.
He will sort out this back four inside a month I think. He will be good for Keane, good for Jags and maybe even good for Williams.
We will have somewhat more joined up thinking with Walsh and Sam eating off the same extra-large Carvery plate, unlike koeman and Walsh that seemed to barely be able to look one another in the eye.
This kind of cohesion is GOOD. Whether they will actually do well with it, I donít know, but at least theyíll all be on the same page for once.
If you look through his historic buys, there are a number of big hits (Djorjkaeff, Anelka, Okocha) and he has been known to buy from less obvious places compared to most English managers. Heís moved away a bit, but maybe him and Walsh can bring in some exotic gems to remind us all of his heyday?
3. His Past - Our Immediate Future
He knows his way around this particular buffet better than anyone. Yes, that does write the narrative for us to be the first, most expensive, most useless fucking side ever to take the premís premier escapologist down, but in my opinion heís probably in an easier situation than heís been in the past. Squad is fucked, but with the organisation from above and the individual attacking players (even while being the worst weíve been in years, weíve still scored somehow, so with an actual plan and hopefully less crushingly early Goals and heartbreakingly simple and inevitable defeats...we may even score a bit more).
Itís not likely to be champagne football, but what we do like is aggression, tackles and a bit of snide. He should be able to bring this, and as long as he hits his own average we will be fine. If he betters it, we may get a surprise.
Yep, he plays for yardage. Yep, he plays for set pieces. Yep, he believes in getting it up there and getting it in the fucking net.
But - heís actually a weirdly progressive coach. Itís not in the typical way of fancy possession based play, but he has a style, and he is extremely effective at implementing it.
He is in my opinion, the first Ďmoneyballí coach of the prem, and this goes back to Bolton. The concept of identifying undervalued assets and gaining an advantage through leveraging those assets in your own set up is something sam has been doing for a long time.
Sometimes through signing older players, sometimes through singing from (at the time) exotic leagues - his transfer record is 1) pretty good and 2) pretty good value for doh.
Also, there is a very modern trend for paying very close attention to set pieces to gain an advantage often ignored by competition (moneyball again) see : F.C. mid and Brentford is it? - well sam has been doing that since day one. He embraced data and sports science before any other English manager.
Sigurdsson will benefit from Sam Allardyceís tutalage. So will anyone in the squad who can head a ball. Looking at you Jags, Keane, Williams.
5) Step Up?
Is this his biggest job in club football? Probably is, innit?
Heís a man whoís regularly banged his own drum. Heís a truculent chest banger with a monstrous ego. What do you think he wants to do with this job? Yeah sure, earn a wedge of doh, but heís been talking about how heíd win the lot with a bigger team, so have his extremely annoying fan club on here all week - so fuck it, letís see what heís got.
6) Star Man
It is also typical of Sam to implement his structure and allow one or two Star men to shine. Another good sign for Sig? Lookman maybe?
A typical Ďproper football maní doesnt strike me as the sort to allow jay jay okocha the room to perform, and if we had another escapologist like pards or Pulis I would say - attackers are fucked, but Sam doesnít mind a bit of flair, especially when it helps him win free kicks high up the pitch.
Listen, I know think this is half arsed, I know Iím leaning quite heavily on some proper half facts, but I need something to lean on and thatís not just down to the 4 cans of ipa Iím pounding on the virgin pendalino to limey.
I didnít want him, I donít want him, I think itís a bad sign and Iím fucked off with it. I also donít believe in guarantees in footy so he better get to work ASAP.
But - you canít tell me you watched that saints game and thought, yeah weíll get out of this mess.
Another write off season from Everton, but fuckin hell. What can I do about it? Iíll probably feel differently later after moyesyís gang of knobheads stick us in the reggers zone, but right now Iím just grasping and hoping.