Dull, half-hearted, and lazy. And that’s just his speech pattern in his press conferences.
The performances of his teams have barely reached the lacklustre since he took charge in the wake of a 4-0 win over West Ham, but Everton have now reached 40 points and can relax for the next 8 games.
Could another manager have got the Blues to that points tally? Probably.
Could another manager have done it more quickly with this current squad. Probably.
Would another manager have driven such a huge wedge between club and fans so quickly? Probably. If it were Graeme Souness. Or Sammy Lee. Oh wait…
But Allardyce has been the low point of the 21st century for most. Walter Smith took years to demoralise the fanbase as much as Allardyce did simply by being appointed, something which the former Bolton man has done nothing to address.
Allardyce hasn’t bothered to engage with Evertonians. When told that some fans weren’t happy with his appointment, he replied that it was “about 15 people on the internet all arguing with each other.”
Those “15 people” made quite some noise when they showed their disgust at Allardyce’s side losing away at Burnley, but even then he laughed as fans chanted for him to…..let’s say “go away.”
He laughed when the TV pundit put it to him that Evertonians were disappointed, and he has shirked responsibility for defeats while claiming whatever “glory” comes from beating the likes of Huddersfield, Brighton and Stoke. He acted surprised when he subjected one of his players to the boos of the Everton crowd by bringing on the increasingly unpopular Morgan Schneiderlin, and most recently his jibes about Cenk Tosun failing to adjust to the inclement English weather have been thrown in his face like a snowball with a stone in – the Turk scoring twice in the snow at Stoke.
Allardyce came out of retirement because Farhad Moshiri and the Everton board had no clue who to turn to after sacking Ronald Koeman. He was rewarded handsomely for doing so, and Everton have done what we all hoped we would do – avoid relegation. That hope was significantly reduced from the beginning of the season, but most expected us to be safe no matter who took over from Koeman.
Now, we can move him along and send him back to his retirement home. There’s a pint of gravy on the arm of his favourite chair and Bolton’s best care assistants are on hand to mop his chin and throw away that bloody chewing gum.
But please, can we edit this passage of our time out of any future history books on Everton?
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