Big Sam Met His Targets At Everton But Merseyside Club Should Replace Him

When Sam Allardyce arrived at Goodison Park as the new Everton manager, his priority was to keep the Merseyside club away from any relegation trouble in the Premier League.

When the Toffees hierarchy sacked previous boss Ronald Koeman, the side were in the dreaded relegation zone.

After losing out on number one target Marco Silva, Everton turned to safety specialist Big Sam.

Sam came in and did what was asked. He’s guided them to a mid-table finish, made them harder to beat, tightened up the defence (just) and he’s also made Goodison a bit of a fortress.

Yet the problem is that the Toffees support haven’t bought into the new gaffer’s style, an issue that has plagued Allardyce’s career. When he arrived and turned things around that was to be expected and while the home fans appreciated it initially, they now want to see exciting football and challenging for a top four finish next term.

It’s still early in the Farhad Moshiri era and the majority owner wants to establish a good footballing side that can play regularly in Europe. His hope will be to have a manager that can meet that expectation and one who’ll also have the backing of the support.

Two managers might have caught Moshiri’s eye and both will be available this summer.

Former target Marco Silva is now a free agent and reports linking him with a move to Merseyside have resurfaced.

The Portuguese boss left Watford after a bright start, with his former employers blaming the Everton interest in turning Silva’s head and thus the Hornet’s form dipped.

Silva has impressed during his stints in the Premier League. His sides play exciting, attack-minded football and he also seems to be a good man-manager. He is a talented, ambitious young coach and that would seem to meet Farhad’s requirements in a football manager.

Another potential new boss could be the departing Arsenal manager; Arsene Wenger.

We know the current Everton owner has links to Arsenal and Wenger is obviously a huge name in world football. That would be a statement signing and Moshiri likes to have big names connected with his club.

Wenger knows the English game inside out and likes to build creative attacking teams.

Plus the sixty-eight year old has already stated that he’s not done with football just yet:

“I honestly don’t know what I will do. Will I take a little rest? I will continue to work, that is for sure. At the moment I’m not ready to commit to anything else.”

Whether he wants to stay in England remains to be seen but both managers mentioned are probably more in keeping with the Everton owner and the fan’s ambition.

I think Allardyce deserves credit for getting the job done but if the club want to move forward, then the time is probably right to part ways with Big Sam.

While they’re at it, I think the Toffees should also dump Steve Walsh. The director of football was fantastic at Leicester City but he hasn’t had the same success at Everton. He seems to collect number tens and struggles to pick out a good centre half.

So for the Everton project to get to the next level and get the supporters buzzing for next season, then I think serious changes need to be made.

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