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Sam Allardyce admits doubt over Everton future

"Where there's smoke there's fire" he wisely adds

West Ham United v Everton - Premier League
Sam Allardyce with assistant Sammy Lee
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It was a brief post-match press conference after Everton's vapid display away at West Ham United, with the Blues easily dismissed 3-1 by David Moyes' side.

Sam Allardyce only spoke for three and a half minutes, but was combative following all the pressure heaped on him by the fans.

“I have a contract for next year.”

"(Am I) confident? I can’t quite say after all the rumours I’m reading in the paper because generally there’s something and there’s no smoke without fire but I’ll wait and see when we meet up next week, or this week actually.”

When asked when the meeting with the Board was exactly, he retorted -

“I wouldn’t be telling you if I did (know).”

On the game itself, where the visitors were outplayed for long tracts of the game by the Hammers.

“Did they want it more? Who had the better chances? I thought we did.

”I thought Adrian saved them. I think because Adrian was so good today with the clear-cut chances that we had that he saved, we could have easily acquired a draw.

”But I think the quality of West Ham’s goals, especially the two in the second half, was ultimately the difference - and Adrian by the saves that he made.

”We changed our system at half-time and got control of the game better, got more opportunities to attack West Ham but didn’t take advantage of it and then they punished us with two very very good goals.”

Oumar Niasse was Everton’s most energetic player and deservedly got a consolation goal.

“When we do a little rotation of the system and the subs you see the impact they have.

”We made one at half-time and then when Theo came on he and Oumar linked up better than he and Cenk Tosun had and I think that got us opportunities.

”Oumar in the box is very sharp and that’s what he got his goal from and Theo had a goal disallowed which was marginally offside and very unlucky.

“Then Adrian saved from him and Adrian saved again off Davy Klaassen which might have made it a very tight and close game but unfortunately it didn’t and West Ham in the end were very pleased that they had won.”