The thing is, the change had to come sooner or later. We could've kept him for next season, played the same low-risk low-reward stuff and finished somewhere between 8th to 10th place. But then what? Keep him on again, increase the age of the squad and set ourselves back another couple of years?
It's easy to look back now and say we could've appointed anyone to keep us up. I think Allardyce has done a solid, if unspectacular, job but he shored us up when we needed it most and took us to higher than we probably deserved.
If results and performances had shown signs of a brighter future, I'd have had no problem keeping him on. And while the results were ok, the performances were absolute bilge, week in week out.
Other clubs won't like it because there's a chance we'll be competing on a higher level to them. Pundits won't like it because Allardyce is their friend. I'd really like us to maintain/recapture our image of a well-run club, but if the media/public had their way, we'd be the unambitious little whipping boys who dare to aspire to the top half every year or 2.