By Alex Taylor

Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes the FA were right to sack Sam Allardyce from the England job.

Koeman, 53, took charge of the Toffees this summer and admitted England’s governing body made the correct decision in relieving Allardyce of his duties.

The former Sunderland boss was sacked from his newly acquired position as national team coach following an undercover investigation into corruption in football.

Most of Koeman’s managerial colleagues have offered sympathy of Allardyce over the last 48 hours and believe he was unfortunate to lose his dream job, but the Dutchman went against the grain by claiming the governing body were spot on.

“If you like football it’s a bad story, for football in general it’s a black mark on the football and that’s not good. That’s my view,” Koeman told the Mirror.

“I am very disappointed. First of all for the man himself, he had a chance to be the national team manager of England then this happened. But okay, I think the FA took the right decision.”

Allardyce, who campaigned for several years for the chance to manage the Three Lions, lasted just one match and 67 days in charge of his country.

The former West Ham boss succeeded Roy Hodgson in July following England’s disastrous performance at Euro 2016 in France and became the national side’s shortest-serving full-time manager.

Koeman, alongside other top-flight managers, has expressed sympathy for Allardyce but must now return his thoughts to the Toffees Premier League campaign.

The Blues welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park on Friday evening knowing that a win would take them up to second in the table.

In other Everton news, Paul Merson believes there is “not much between” Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke ahead of the Blue’s clash with Crystal Palace on Friday night.