Everton will never finish the season in 7th place with Big Sam.
I know I'm not the most optimistic person in life, but we're proper screwed at the moment.
Second rate manager, and a second rate squad (bar literally one or two decent players/prospects).
As things stand, I'm struggling to think of what players would want to sign for us. Big Sam isn't a pull for established premier league quality players, the only people willing to sign are players who can't get in their first teams, or are from other leagues in the hope that they can raise their profile and move to another club.
It's not all Allardyce's fault though. The club was being run into the ground before he arrived. Koeman's transfer history is the stuff of nightmares, as was his management of the players.
An average manager has inherited an average club and has somehow made us even more average.
Now for the optimism...
I'll admit, I didn't see the Palace game so not sure if we have genuinely turned a corner, or just managed to beat a more average team than ourselves. However, I'll give Sam and the team the benefit of the doubt for now. Plus we have a run of games to our advantage until City and Liverpool tear us a new one. It's a chance for some points, although we're away for a few of those matches.
Finish the season in the top half...just. Somehow make some funds available for some decent players. Not has-beens, or not good enough for other clubs, or unknowns from other leagues. Get rid of the crap, make a loss if we have to. Move on, it's done and dusted.
Win the league next season
Ok, so it's pushing it for a definition of optimism, but it's a blueprint in the works.
Winning the league was obviously just put there to get your attention, but the point remains; improve the squad with real quality and surely things will improve.
I'm not sure how we do that with Big Sam though. The man is a busted flush.