Everton manager Sam Allardyce has taken aim at former clubs Newcastle and West Ham by insisting that the Toffees’ have a greater history than their Premier League rivals.
The ex-England boss took charge of the blue half of Merseyside back in November 2017, coming out of his self-inflicted retirement from club football and signing a deal until the summer of 2019.
He arrived to replace Dutch boss Ronald Koeman, who, despite huge transfer spending over the summer, was unable to lift the club up the table as they found themselves embroiled in an early-season relegation scrap.
Now, with the club sitting in 11th, four points clear of West Ham and five points ahead of Newcastle, he has bizarrely chosen to comment on the history of the trio of the sides, insisting Everton’s is richer than the other pair.
As quoted by the Chronicle’s Chris Waugh on his personal Twitter account, he said: “The history of Everton is far greater than Newcastle and West Ham.”
Big Sam just can't help himself can he. This in his Everton Press conference this morning: “The history of Everton is far greater than Newcastle & West Ham"
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) March 8, 2018
None of the clubs have won a major trophy in recent years, with Everton’s 1995 FA Cup victory the last piece of significant silverware between the trio.
Football Insider verdict
Whether Sam Allardyce is trying to get the Everton fans on board with his rave reviews of the Toffees, only he will know, but putting other clubs down is not going to get the Goodison Park faithful on his side. It is a transparent move and one which will only anger supporters in the face he is comparing their side with other teams. He just needs to focus on what is happening on the pitch in the present, not what has happened in the past, and make sure that the future of Everton is as successful as their history has been.