Despite what some ill-informed so-called ‘pundits’ may say, Sam Allardyce was never a good fit for Everton.
Allardyce was sacked as Toffees boss on Wednesday, bringing to an end an awkward six-month marriage of convenience that caused considerable unrest amongst the fanbase.
It’s no surprise that stories have already begun to leak out about his time in charge at Finch Farm, including this interesting tit-bit from the Times.
The report claims that after one away defeat (take your pick) the squad were called back in for extra training on Sunday morning.
The session began with assistant boss Sammy Lee delivering a pep talk urging the players to stick together during this difficult period that was generally well received. After the talk one of the players asked Lee for the whereabouts of Allardyce and was stunned when he was told Allardyce had gone off to his house in Spain.
That reportedly wasn’t the only occasion the players questioned Allardyce’s approach to his job at Finch Farm. I’m guessing most supporters won’t be surprised to hear that either.
Allardyce was never interested in building anything tangible at Goodison Park and he certainly never made any effort to ingratiate himself with the club’s supporters. It was an easy chance to make a lot of money in a short space of time.
Whether this will persuade those lazy armchair pundits (Kevin Nolan, Curtis Woodhouse, Michael Vaughan et al) that Allardyce was a bad fit for Everton and deserved to be sacked remains to be seen.
But for Evertonians everywhere it merely confirms what they already knew.