Sunday 16 December 2018

Revealed: Everton never wanted Sam Allardyce beyond this season and the decision to sack him will cost them a fortune

Sam Allardyce was sacked by Everton in May
Sam Allardyce was sacked by Everton in May Newsdesk Newsdesk

Everton officials never wanted Sam Allardyce to remain in charge of the team beyond the end of this season, but were forced into handing him a contract that ran until the summer of 2019 when they felt compelled to appoint him in late November.

Talks over Allardyce’s move to Everton broke down when the club were only offering the former England manager a deal that ran until the end of this season, as they viewed the veteran tactician as a short-term fix to revive a team that had lost its way under the guidance of Ronald Koeman.

When that offer was rejected, Everton officials walked away from a deal with Allardyce, with his demands for a hefty relegation survival payment another sticking point for the Goodison Park club.

Yet the attitude of the Everton hierarchy changed following a 5-1 Europa League loss against Atalanta and 4-1 defeat against Southampton in late November, as they returned to the negotiating table in a bid to recruit Allardyce.

Opposition from the club’s fans was one of the factors behind their reluctance to hand Allardyce lengthy contract, but Everton’s decision makers felt the need to halt the slide under caretaker boss David Unsworth, with the threat of being dragged into a relegation battle becoming very real.

Everton’s decision to sack Allardyce on Wednesday will ensure that the manager who has an unblemished record of keeping struggling teams in the Premier League and has pulled off miracle escapes with Sunderland and Crystal Palace in recent years will receive another huge pay-off after his latest exit.

It means that Allardyce is expected to pocket as much as €6.5m from his six-month stint as Everton manager, with his availability to take over at another struggling club next season likely to ensure his unpopular brand of football will continue to deliver handsome personal rewards when another offer comes his way at some point next season.

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