Bye for now Big Sam
The writing was on the wall for Big Sam after his very short period in charge of Everton. After joining in November 2017, he signed a contract taking him to 2019.
Result wise, Allardyce started with a 6 league match unbeaten run and ended with 10 wins, 6 draws and 8 defeats.
Stats-wise since his appointment, it reads pretty well when looking at some elements:
- 8 clean sheets (ranks 6th in the league)
- 30 goals conceded (ranks 8th)
- 34 points won (ranks 8th)
Taking the final 6 league games into account, Everton ranked 9th for home form, 8th for away and 6th overall, again decent returns for a manager 6 months into his role.
The bigger issue really was the style of play not capturing the imagination of the Toffees fans. Watching Everton under Sam never got you out of your seat or provided fans enough enjoyment, lacking an attacking strut. The most damming stat relates to the number of attempts on goal the side had. Everton fired 213 shots on goal under Sam, and no team produced less in the League over that period.
Everton have money and big ideas about their position within the Premier League elite. But some of their man managing leaves a lot to be desired. In April they sent a survey to fans asking them to rank their manager’s performance on a scale of zero to 10. After the position became public, the club apologized to Alladyce.
The displeasure of Sam from many of the Everton fans should mean the board are largely left alone with more focus put on who takes over the hot seat. I do understand the fans wanting more attractive football, but along with the club the bar of expectation has been set high for whoever takes the role.
Sam will likely have one more role before he hangs up his management boots with Everton and will not lose much sleep over the news.
See you soon David
Mr. Moyes, meanwhile, did the job he came in to do, keeping West Ham in the Premier League.
The club released the following statement from David Sullivan:
“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League.
Throughout his time here, David has carried himself with dignity and honesty and we have all found him to be a pleasure to work with. He, Alan, Stuart and Billy accepted the challenge and attacked it head on, turning around a difficult situation.
”They deserve great respect for the job they have done and they leave the club with our best wishes.
”When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at which point a decision would be made with regards to the future.
”Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction.”
Moyes’ work with rebuilding Marko Arnautovic has gone largely underappreciated. Marko is one of those players seeming to need very specific man-management to get the best from him. Moyes not only did this but rebuilt him as a forward who was one of the most effective players since Christmas. The steps toward developing Aaron Cresswell late in the season suggested that he was endeavoring a longer term approach. Regardless, expect Moyes to fill a sacked manager’s job around October/November (if not sooner).
With both clubs, they have removed a proven EPL manager who gave them pretty strong assurances of remaining in the league. Plenty of clubs have already gone the route of preferring more fashionable managers only to regret it. Careful what you wish for needs to be repeated to those happy today.
As for replacements, Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca and ex-Watford manager Marco Silva are the bookies’ narrow current favourites for both jobs.
What do you think? Were the clubs right to move on after only months in charge? Where might Allardyce and Moyes end up? What new managers should Everton and West Ham target? Let us know in the comments below —