As the 2017-18 draws to a close, the amount of media speculation over Sam Allardyce’s future at Everton continues to increase exponentially, with the embattled manager lashing out at just about every opportunity over fan reaction to his tactics and the football journalists’ supposed complicity.
Fight as he might the rising tide of fan opinion, but it’s looking more than certain that Everton will be buying out the remaining one year of his £6 million annual contract to replace Allardyce with first target Paulo Fonseca. The Mirror report goes on to add that another name previously linked with the Blues, Marco Silva, is the backup plan if Fonseca leaves Shakhtar Donetsk but doesn’t join the Toffees.
The Sunday Times comes up with another tidbit - West Bromwich Albion, currently floundering at the foot of the Premier League table, are interested in Allardyce taking over next season when they (presumably) are relegated.
However, the Mirror insist that’s not on as Allardyce has apparently refused to manage in the Championship. Considering his past ‘expertise’ for keeping teams up in the Premier League, it would be going against his recent modus operandi to lead a club in the Championship to gain promotion and go the other way.
The Times article does add that Everton are unlikely to make a decision on Allardyce’s future until the end of the season, so it does appear we are stuck with Big Sam’s buffoonery for whatever is left of this forsaken season.