Tuesday 18 December 2018

Allardyce dismisses idea he was Everton's back-up man

Sam Allardyce. Photo: PA
Sam Allardyce. Photo: PA

Chris Bascombe

Everton manager Sam Allardyce insisted his credentials for the job were "incomparable" to the club's first choice, Marco Silva, as he shrugged off the suggestion he was the back-up option to replace Ronald Koeman.

Farhad Moshiri, Everton's majority shareholder, failed in a £10 million (€11.3m) bid to secure Silva's services from Watford. He returned to negotiations with Allardyce, luring the former England manager with an extended contract offer.

When asked whether he was concerned Moshiri's admiration for the Watford coach would prompt renewed interest this summer, Allardyce said: "Let's put it this way. If you look at my track record, why wouldn't I be here irrespective of Marco Silva? I have every respect for Marco Silva and I am not criticising him but Marco Silva's track record has got no comparison whatsoever with mine because he got Hull City relegated.

"That is perception. We have to not live in perception at our level. We have to live in reality and the reality is that I was spoken to and I pulled out and then I came back in because they felt it was the right thing to do.

"I don't know what went on before with Marco or whether he was before me, after me or in between me. All I know is they came for me and I said yes."


Allardyce said it was understandable Everton considered numerous candidates.

"The club, I think, wanted to give David Unsworth the job, first and foremost, before me and Silva. That is how it is. That is fine," he said. "You can't put all your eggs in one basket."

Allardyce sought to ease the concern of Everton fans, insisting he saw this job as far more than saving the club from relegation.

"I'm very confident we won't be talking about just getting the club out of a difficult position and moving up the table," he said.

"It would be nice to get away from that firefighting label and say we are moving in the right direction as a football club. That got me out of sunning it in Dubai. That ambition and the club's ambition."

Everton offer Allardyce the opportunity he has been craving in domestic football.

"I think financially and ambition wise, probably yes. Newcastle was going to be the most ambitious club I was going to manage, way back in 2007, but that didn't happen," he said.

"This club has spent heavily this summer. I haven't stipulated or insisted on a budget, other than saying we would probably need some players in January. All I've asked is that when we find the right player we do our best to try to sign him.

"If you have the financial backing it helps, and hopefully Everton will continue to grow their own." (© The Daily Telegraph, London)


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