Allardyce makes bizarre claim about Everton fans
Sam Allardyce claims more Everton fans were satisfied than discontent with the direction he was taking the team as he defended his brief tenure at the club.
Allardyce was sacked on Wednesday, and said he was disappointed to realise the axe would fall prior to being formally informed by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
Speaking to Talksport on Thursday, the 63-year-old said: “Something as delicate as that, whether you’re parting company or going to have a meeting on it, is something you want to be confidential and not out in the open before it happens.
“Unfortunately this seems to be the way of the world today. Nothing can stay confidential."
“I’m surprised how it came about only because it all seemed to be done and dusted before I got to see Farhad and the Everton board. It was right out there in the open for a couple of days. That leaves me with the absolute certainty what is going to happen when the meeting comes around. That is slightly disappointing.”
In fact, it was the former England manager who first broke the news he was holding talks with Moshiri this week. He announced talks were planned during his final pre-match press conference ahead of his last game at West Ham.
“There will be some meeting somewhere along the line next week,” Allardyce said on Friday, May 11.
In the absence of any public statement of support from the Goodison board there was only going to be one outcome. Allardyce admitted as much.
“I think so. When it gets so open from all angles it’s highly unlikely that its going to be the reverse of what has been predicted,” he said.
“You then prepare yourself for exactly what happened, for what was being said. I’m not saying anything other than my meeting with Farhad was very amicable and Keith Harris regarding how we conducted ourselves. I did express disappointment with how it got out but I certainly don’t think it came from them.”
Everton had to act following the fans’ protest against Allardyce being retained.
“There is always an element of discontent in the world of football today but you are left with the tools you have,” said Allardyce.
“The tools that we had were about reorganising Everton because the huge amount of goals they had conceded before I got there.
"If I remember correctly it was 28 goals conceded in their last eight games. The club was in a very difficult position. For me it was to get the lads to work harder in and out of possession and then to start creating as things got better.
"If it wasn’t enough for the Everton fans who at the time were showing some discontent, there were more Everton fans that were happy with what we were doing and going in the right direction.
“As you know, those who show discontent are the ones who are more open and vocal. The ones who are satisfied don’t really say too much.”