How much credit or blame does a manager deserve? In reality, they are probably attributed too much of both, depending on if things are going well. Everton’s Sam Allardyce has to be feeling better than he has in quite a while. His team has won two matches in a row and STILL has a shot at finishing seventh in the Premier League, the same spot as last year, despite an incredibly tumultuous season. But things will now get tougher with matches against Manchester City and Liverpool. Taking points from those games could earn Big Sam the chance to stay at Everton through the summer, whereas embarrassing losses could see him gone sooner rather than later.
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We love you, big guy.
Allardyce says he’s responsible for getting Tosun firing for Everton
Never one to shy away from the spotlight when Everton win our Big Sam.
Tosun credits ‘Legend of Everton’ for turnaround in his form
Turkish striker’s brace was the difference yesterday
Monday’s Toffee Bites
Ryan Giggs defends Ashley Williams' Everton form ahead of China Cup - Sky Sports
Ryan Giggs has backed Ashley Williams to bounce back from a difficult season at Everton after retaining the defender as his Wales captain.
Cenk Tosun's form building at Everton with another solid 8/10 performance - ESPN
Cenk Tosun's brace earns a 8/10 rating as Everton outlasts undermanned Stoke City.
What Martin Atkinson told Stoke players after Everton's offside goal - Stoke Sentinel
Referee frustrated Stoke City yet again with match-changing clanger in vital fixture against Everton.
Former Everton player Darron Gibson charged with drink driving - Liverpool Echo
The 30-year-old has also been suspended by Sunderland. Also, water is wet.
Stoke City v Everton: Five Things We Learned - EvertonFC.com
Cenk Tosun’s second-half double secured Everton victory amid a snowstorm and highly-charged atmosphere at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium.
Walcott: Fans Inspired Us To Stoke Victory - EvertonFC.com
Theo Walcott thanked the travelling Everton supporters for their vociferous backing following the Toffees’ 2-1 victory at Stoke City.
Blues Must Maintain Momentum, Says Skipper - EvertonFC.com
Phil Jagielka insists Everton must build on the momentum created by back-to-back victories and use their final seven Premier League games to lay down a marker for next season.
What and How to Watch
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NBA: Bucks at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Warriors at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
MLB: Mets at Astros, 1:05 p.m. ET, MLBN
White Sox at Diamondbacks, 4:10 p.m. ET, MLBN
Rockies at Rangers, 9:05 p.m. ET, MLBN