Sam Allardyce, a former Everton manager, has attributed the club’s decision to fire him at the conclusion of the 2017–18 campaign to “outside forces.”
Allardyce was hired to the position more than a month after Ronald Koeman left in October 2017 after a drawn-out managerial search, taking over after a caretaker period with David Unsworth in charge. After 14 games of the season, the Blues were 13th in the Premier League standings, five points above the danger zone.
The new manager led the team to eighth place at the end of the season, but he was fired not long after the season’s conclusion because Evertonians never really warmed to him.
The former manager explained in an interview with Kammy and Ben’s Proper Football Podcast on BBC Sounds that he thought Farhad Moshiri had changed his mind about his job after first thinking he was assembling a team for Everton’s new stadium due to outside pressures.
He stated: “Naturally, Everton was one of the places I returned to remain and create the team for the new stadium. And, for the first time, have the sort of money to do it – because Farhad had backed the club financially brilliantly.
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“I was about to start steering the club in the right direction because it was clear that it had lost its way, particularly in the recruitment department, and that it had kept doing so. Because of this, it hasn’t been successful.
“I wanted to resurrect Everton’s success and usher them into a new era in terms of the players and the goals they had for the season. In order to move into what will be a great new stadium, try to bring the team into the European leagues.
“Unfortunately, I merely think Farhad changed his mind towards the conclusion of the season due to too many outside forces.”
The former Blues manager continued by responding to concerns about his style of play when managing the team, asserting that it would have evolved further had he been given more time in the position.
Allardyce acknowledged that he was unable to predict Everton’s future and feels the team was fortunate to avoid relegation last season. He does, however, think Dominic Calvert-physical Lewin’s condition might be crucial.
“I never considered that I ought to have left Everton. In the brief time I had at the helm when I took over in November, we came in seventh,” he said.
“People have always debated the football style with me and have done so for years. Setting Everton up for success involved adjusting the players to fit a better, more daring style afterward.
“Of course they’ve since gone on to spend a lot of money and it hasn’t got any better. In fact, unfortunately for Everton and particularly for Farhad Moshiri, it’s not gone at all well.
“Last year they were so close to getting relegated and I think the only way they managed to stay up was the three teams below them being worse. They were pretty fortunate in the end.
“Who knows what’ll happen this year. They’ve sold their striker, so that’s a big blow for Frank – how do you replace his goals? Hopefully he’ll keep one man fit who didn’t keep fit last year and that’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
“He’s the mainstay for Everton on doing anything other than playing in the bottom half of the league next year.”