This week’s Everton-related controversy has been centered around a fan survey which asked, in essence, what level of confidence supporters have in the Blues’ back room and coaching staff. Of course, the derisive response from all corners of Everton fandom was nearly unanimous - we have no confidence in Sam Allardyce or his deputies.
Responses to the survey were taken on a 0-10 scale, with 0 being no confidence and 10 being the utmost confidence. The quiz was sent to all official club members, and it did not take long before screenshots of everyone answering “0” made their way around Twitter.
Sam Allardyce was given the opportunity to speak about that fan survey today, and predictably did not have kind things to say about its line of questioning.
Allardyce: “The Director of marketing and communications has slipped up”. Says he was not consulted. “Big mistake”. And has allowed you “to write some beautiful headlines”.— Phil Kirkbride (@philkecho) April 19, 2018
Allardyce asked: "How many marks would you give yourself?"— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) April 19, 2018
"Piss off! 11!"
Allardyce went on to say that he received an apology from chairman Bill Kenwright, which is odd in and of itself. We confirmed that this survey is sent to fans annually, and regularly contains a line of questioning about trust in staff and ownership.
"The survey... the managing director of marketing and communications has clearly slipped up."— Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) April 19, 2018
Sam Allardyce has criticised the @Everton survey asking fans if they trust him as a manager.https://t.co/tqNX2lZhHz pic.twitter.com/6kvNrtXuNi
It seems likely that Kenwright only apologized because of the backlash, to which I ask...what did you expect, Bill?
Filling out an Everton Fans Forum survey. I’ll stick my neck out and guess this question won’t come out too well... #efc pic.twitter.com/MBwnlJDE3Z— Tom Mallows (@TomMallows_) April 17, 2018
Everton are led by a man who has shown a propensity for disrespecting the club’s heritage and ambition. Allardyce shows no interest in playing progressive football, and regularly sets up his sides - at Goodison Park - for a draw. He is a blowhard, and not a talented one.
You can excuse Jose Mourinho’s gruff tone and propensity to alienate. He has a trophy cabinet the size of Big Sam’s dinner plate. But combine the regular aloofness with stunningly dreadful football and equally poor results, and this is what you will get. Unrest. Displeasure. Torches and pitchforks.
If there’s anything Bill Kenwright needs to apologize for, it’s this season, and hiring Allardyce at all. We want our club back, Mr. Chairman.